The following quotes are examples which show what expecting or new father could be feeling:
“I don’t recognize myself anymore; I am a different person, angry and impulsive”
“Since my wife entered her last trimester I don’t sleep well at night and at work I am snappy and irritated. I am afraid I will lose my job.”
“I often think about how sad I am.”
“I am lonely.”
These are some of the comments we recently started hearing from expecting and new fathers. Although maternal postpartum depression is more discussed and screened for in women for over 50 years, paternal postpartum depression is relatively a newly recognized phenomena. New studies have shown that paternal depression is on the rise. More new fathers express their feelings and seek help.
Some of the paternal prenatal and postpartum depression emotional and physical changes include:
If you find yourself wondering and concerned about the changes that you are enduring during this time, you are not alone. More and more expecting and new fathers experience these feelings.
As a former midwife, maternal child nurse and a counselor, I have seen and experienced the changes and the shift in parental postpartum awareness. I am here to support and help you recognize, understand and manage the changes.
To read in the media about my views, please go to: https://www.focusonthefamily.ca/content/first-baby-stress-in-new-dads
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