No two people's experience as a new parent is going to look exactly the same, but one thing is for certain: it's going to be stressful. From financial circumstances to where a new family lives, navigating changing family dynamics can be difficult in a variety of ways. That's why people supporting new parents, especially cis partners, should be aware of the signs of stress in a new mom. If it truly does "take a village to raise a baby," then that village should be informed, engaged, and ready to help when necessary.
It can be hard for new moms to admit when they’re exhausted, overwhelmed, or stressed out. There are stigmas associated with postpartum stress and mood disorders that can make it difficult for moms to speak out and ask for the help they need, and since our nation has a "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" kind of a mentality, a new mom is likely to associate "help" with a sign of "weakness." That's why it’s important for people who aren't moms to stay aware, be patient, and remain understanding. And while there are different types of stress that can be signs of more serious issues that would require the help of a mental health professional or other postpartum expert, there are also different ways partners can offer the mom in their lives help and comfort.
So with that in mind, here are the five signs of stress in a new mom that partners should look out for: