New mothers always look so happy in TV adverts, don’t they? They smile at the sleeping babies they’re rocking in their arms and it looks like they’re just having the best time bonding with their newborns.
But in reality, mothers are often faced with a rollercoaster of emotions postbirth – excitement, anxiety, doubt and sadness.
And these are aggravated by the big change of having a new person they’re responsible for, and lack of sleep. It’s all part of what is known as “baby blues” and it typically lasts about two weeks. But for many women, these symptoms continue and worsen instead of getting better.