Although it would be nice to live in a world where no one had insecurities, doubts, or illness, that's just not the case. Despite what society and pop culture may have you believe, the expectation to be some type of Super Mom is both unrealistic and often unhealthy. Even in your daily life, you can feel pressured to appear happy and successful by friends and family. Yet, for many women, there is so much more going on beneath the surface. That's why it's vitally important for women to know about mental health resources for new moms.
As a first time mother myself, I didn't exactly know what to expect once I gave birth to my son. Though I briefly recall my OB-GYN glossing over the "baby blues," not much was ever thoroughly explained to me what postpartum depression was or what to do if I began to experience signs of it. Though I'm fortunate enough to live in a country where I can waltz into virtually any emergency room and receive immediate help, not all women are so lucky, and new moms deserve more than just rushing to the hospital as a last resort.
If you or someone you know is about to become a parent or recently became a mother, check out these mental health resources for new moms because no one should feel alone or without options.