I read an article in a pregnancy education magazine written by Brooke Shields, describing her experiences with Post Partum Depression following the birth of her first child. She did not experience the same things with her second child, which tells us something about the difference between first and second childbirths. From what she said in her article, I discerned further.
I am thinking that the first time a woman gets pregnant, it is as if her body is growing “something extra”, and it becomes part of her for the next nine months. Suddenly, the child is born, and that “something extra” is no longer in the woman’s body, and she misses it, and perhaps there is a little “grieving process” going on. In any event, by the second pregnancy, the body has become adjusted to this process, and it does not happen.
The Brooke Shields article says that Post Partum Depression is a medical condition which requires medical attention. If help is not sought to correct this condition, it could lead to other problems.
Other problems. Let’s think about this one. Could it lead to child abuse? How about verbal abuse? How about irrationality for the rest of one’s life? How about murder, or other criminal tendencies? I know for a fact that my mom was not normal, nor was she normal for the 33 years she lived after I was born. I also know that my aunt told me that she was a nice person before I was born. Also, I was delivered with a forceps, and it slipped in mid delivery. Causing me to have birth defects in my head and neck. She blamed me for making her miserable by being born that way. This went on for the first 33 years of my life and then she died.