Are you fighting with your man a lot more now that your baby is born? Is he irritable and drinking more than usual? He may be suffering from postpartum depression.
We are always told when you see your baby for the first time it's "pure joy, pure bliss" -- but the reality is, once settled into your life of tending to a newborn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, sleepless, sexless nights can get to men the same way the change can get to women.
• relationship issues
• poor social life
• economic/financial issues
• feeling excluded from mom and baby.
Interestingly, nearly half of men whose partners have postpartum depression are suffering from it themselves.
Here's an even more alarming fact: according to the Center for Pediatric Research, the effects on a child when the father develops postpartum depression are actually greater than when Mom is faced with it. Children at 24 months were less likely to speak, whereas it had no link in cases of Mom and baby.
Men who are becoming dads for the very first time run a greater risk of developing postpartum depression. All the unspoken fears, feelings of sadness, worry, withdrawal from a social world, and failure can contribute to its development.
1. See someone before the baby is born to work through anxieties;
2. Seek marital counseling ahead of time to talk about upcoming changes and get communication issues in order;
3. Evaluate monetary issues.