Does it feel like your days are long and your weeks are short? Have you noticed that you are tired more? You are not alone in that feeling. I can not imagine being pregnant on top of that but, you are doing the best you can. My hope is that you find layers of support that will help you in various ways. But, how do you know when it is deeper? I mean you're living in the times where we are all feeling it. You have pregnancy or postpartum emotions and pregnancy or postpartum tiredness. How do you know when you need to reach out for additional support? This list is not the only signs but, here are some signs to look for.
You literally don't want to get out of bed in the morning. Tired is one thing but, not wanting to get up is a sign that you need additional support.
You can not sleep most of the time. You're tired and you can not fall asleep or you can not stay asleep. That is something to ask about.
You have continuous body aches. Your mind and our body are interconnected. You could be experiencing the physical presence of your emotional state.
You have changes in your digestive habits. You know your normal. If you get constipated or have diarrhea, write those changes down and share them with your doctor.
5. You have continuous headaches. Your mind and body are interconnected. Headaches can be caused by emotional stress.
6. Your relationships with the people closest to you are strained. The people you love and trust the most are a good indicator for you to determine if you need additional support.
7. You don't feel like yourself. You know that something is different or any combination of the above 6 considerations are effecting you currently.
Any of these are things to discuss with your doctor. If you have a combination of these things, especially during pregnancy and postpartum you can benefit from asking for more information. A good resource is www.postpartum.net where you have access to online peer support groups and additional resources. Your doctor and your doula is also there to help. They will have additional resources to help support you. As Postpartum Support International (PSI) says, you are not the blame, you are not alone, but, with help you will get better.