Postnatal Depletion--what is it and could you be struggling with it?

Motherhood is a transformative journey filled with boundless love, joy, and fulfillment. However, amidst the unparalleled joys of welcoming a new life into the world, many new mothers find themselves grappling with the hidden challenges of postnatal depletion.

Dr. Oscar Serrallach, who coined the term, describes postnatal depletion as a common phenomenon of fatigue and exhaustion, combined with a feeling of “baby brain” that can affect mothers from their child's birth until the time the child is seven years of age (possibly longer.) It is accumulated of issues including deep fatigue, hyper-vigilance, and a feeling of being overwhelmed.

This is a condition that affects over 50% of mothers, but most commonly gets brushed off as "new mom problems." While there are some things that are more difficult depending on the season of motherhood you are in (hello quality sleep!) It is important to not ignore what your body is telling you and be aware that there may be things that you can address to help yourself feel better.

Top signs you have postnatal depletion 

Fatigue and exhaustion.
Tired on waking.
Falling asleep unintentionally.
"Tired and wired" feeling
Sense of guilt and shame around the role of being a mother and loss of self esteem
Sense of isolation and apprehension and sometimes even fear about socializing or leaving the house.
Frustration, overwhelm, and a sense of not coping.
Brain fog or “baby brain.”
Loss of libido

Ways to help

Address nutritional deficiencies---reach out to an expert to help!
Nutrient dense diet
Reduce sugar intake
Stay well hydrated
Go on walks
Get outside
Decrease social media
Create moments of joy
Don't ignore how you feel