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When Your Nerves Are Shattered and You Don’t Feel Like a Good Mother

If you clicked this, you probably know the postpartum feelings we’re talking about. Maybe it’s the deep sadness, maybe it’s the anxiety, maybe it’s the numbness or the irritation. You don’t think it’s normal, and you want it to change.

First, go here: Postpartum Support International has both voice and text chatlines to walk you through getting help.

Secondly, find some basic coping mechanisms to help you get by until then. Some reader suggestions:

“Put your baby in a safe place, like a crib, and take five minutes to breathe in another room.”

“Text your partner or a friend and tell them how you’re feeling quickly, before you can talk yourself out of it. Give them the ability to help you by letting them know you need help.”

“Have you done basic self-care yet today? Toss the baby in your sling and brush your teeth, eat some food, and drink a glass of water.”

For myself, when my baby couldn’t stop crying and I felt like I couldn’t handle the noise, I put him on my chest in our ring sling, popped in a pair of industrial earplugs, and just soaked in the silence. I could see his breathing, pat his back, and soothe him with my swaying—and still focus on breathing deeply and settling down my exhausted nerves.

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