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Dear Insight, parenting alone is hard

My husband is overseas, and I am parenting my baby alone. I am not close to my husband’s family or my family, so I have no one to help me. I don’t know what I am doing with myself and my baby. I did not expect to do this on my own, and I feel like a failure. My baby wakes up every 2 hours to eat, and I feel like a zombie. I am tired all the time; I cry every day. When my baby wants milk, instead of getting up right away, I wait for a while before I get up to check on my baby. Even saying “my” baby sounds weird because I have no attachment to her. I have this feeling of hopelessness, and I have no real desire for anything anymore. What can I do to start being healthy for my child?

Answer from Insight Therapy Solutions’ clinician:

Reaching out for help when you are in this kind of position is really hard, and you are already taking care of your health by talking to someone. Many women feel like you are after having a baby, so you are not alone.

The most important thing to address is your medical wellbeing. Reach out to your OBGYN or another medical provider so they can provide a check-up and advise you on the next steps.

Additionally, here are some articles that talk about postpartum depression so you can educate yourself on treatment and self-care suggestions: Mayo Clinic - Postpartum Depression WebMD - Postpartum Depression

If you or someone you know is in need of talking to a professional, contact us now to schedule your initial virtual session. You can call us at 888-409-8976 or click HERE to schedule it online.

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