Make no mistake about it, pregnancy can be a stressful experience for a lot of women. This is not a European issue, this is not a Southeast Asian issue, this is not a North American issue, this is a global female issue.
It’s easy to see why pregnancy can be such a traumatic experience. I’m not saying that women hate their babies. I’m not saying that. I’m not saying that women should shy away from getting pregnant because it’s not worth the bother. Nobody’s making that claim.
But until and unless people open their eyes to just how gruelling, punishing and, in many cases, excruciating pregnancy could be, we’re just burying our heads in the sand. We’re just basically setting ourselves up for rude and nasty shocks, like postpartum depression, which can sometimes lead to women killing themselves or harming their newborn kids.
And we’re not really doing anybody any favors by pretending that somehow, some way, this doesn’t exist. We’re not really positioning people to effectively handle this situation if we somehow believe that this happens only to a small minority of women who, at the end of the day, really don’t know how to handle pregnancy.
The truth is, postpartum depression can happen to anybody. I don’t care what continent you come from, I don’t care how much money you have in the bank, I don’t care how much education you have, it can hit anybody. That’s why it’s really important, for European women in particular, to look into post natal massage.
When you get this type of massage, you and your partner get on the same page. Your partner reassures you by giving you this massage. The sense of touch is there, the sense of connection is created and, at the end of the day, you don’t feel alone.
So although this might not necessarily make the peaks and crashes of the hormones you’re feeling go away, but at the very least, you know that somebody’s there who cares. You know, at the very least, that your partner is on the same page as you and you are not alone. Believe it or not, this can go a long way in tempering, if not outright neutralizing, the symptoms of postpartum depression as well as other physiological issues.
It’s really important for couples to get a handle on post-partum depression because it can really go a long way in stressing out and even causing the early demise of their relationship. This might seem like a remote possibility to you right now. You might even think that splitting up is unthinkable. Well, given how harsh post natal hormonal crashes can be, the unthinkable is not as impossible as you think.