[W]e need to shift our focus from the baby to the mother.

What I didn’t realise was that I often made it harder for myself. I felt guilty asking for help when I wasn’t coping. I put myself last, all the time. And I never acknowledged that by having a baby, I had also become a mother.

Caring for yourself at a time of huge emotional and physical change is important. It can feel contrary to your instincts, because you love your baby so much, and their needs are so great.

We can all help new mums learn to put themselves first. Don’t let them disappear.

We still need to care for and cherish our babies. But let’s shift our focus occasionally to their mother.

Source: New mothers need to know their mental health is not a luxury

Read the book Hello Baby! Everything New Mums Need to Know About Life with Baby by Heather Irvine.

Know the signs and seek help early. PANDA National Helpline 1300 729 360 panda.org.au