Becoming a parent is one of the best, yet also one of the most frightening experiences you’ll ever go through. It’s a time full of joy and happiness, as friends and family bombard you with gifts, cards and messages of “congratulations!”. However, what you aren’t often told or warned about, is that initial joy can soon be replaced with a whole host of emotional issues.
Being a new parent is scary. No amount of preparation sets you up for the sheer terror you face when you realise it’s your sole responsibility to keep your baby safe and healthy. It’s not just fear you have to contend with either. Guilt, stress and the feeling of not being good enough are just some of the emotional issues that can present themselves.
If you’re struggling to cope with any of these unexpected and difficult emotional problems, the first thing you need to know is you are not alone. It may not be talked about very often, but most new parents have felt the way you feel right now. The good news is there are ways to deal with these issues and survive the first year (and those after it) 😉 without losing your sanity. [Read more…]