Why You’re Feeling Postpartum Rage at Your Husband or Partner and What to do About It
Becoming a mother is a tidal wave of emotions, a blend of profound love and overwhelming challenges. But what if the waves are also churning with anger, specifically towards your partner? Postpartum rage, a less talked about but quite common experience amongst new mothers, can lead to fiery outbursts or yelling directed typically at the one adult consistently part of your new life – your husband or partner. Feeling postpartum rage at your husband or partner is common and we can help!
Understanding the Target of Your Postpartum Rage
They’re an Adult
Simply put, proximity matters. They’re nearby and available, which sometimes makes them the easiest recipient of your heightened emotions. In the exhaustion and hormonal driven rollercoaster of the postpartum period, your partner becomes the most accessible target for emotional release. Proximity breeds conflict, and regular exposure can sometimes amplify negative feelings.
They’re Not Perfect
How to Cope With Postpartum Rage
Talk to Your Partner
Open lines of communication can do wonders. Your partner, although they might not fully understand what you’re going through, wants to support you in the postpartum period. Share your feelings honestly but gently—this isn’t about blame, it’s about seeking understanding and help. Sharing your feelings honestly helps foster understanding and heightens the chances of finding balance in responsibilities and support.
Sit down during a calm moment:
- Begin with “I feel” statements
- Be specific about what you need in the form of support or space
- Acknowledge that it’s a tough time for both of you and see how you can support them in return
- Don’t use this time to point out every flaw in your relationship
- Remind them how you actually feel about them and praise the things you have been appreciating during this transition
- Let them know you’d like help in monitoring your emotional well-being and educating your support system of red flags that might signal something more like postpartum anxiety or postnatal depression
It’s no secret that sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your emotions. Whenever possible, prioritize rest. Don’t underestimate the power of a short nap! Rest can be a buffer against emotional volatility. Consider taking shifts with your partner for baby’s nighttime needs, so each of you has opportunities to rest.
Your body needs fuel, not just any fuel but the kind that sustains energy and balances mood. Whole, nutritious foods can have a positive effect on your emotional state. Prioritizing a nutritious diet with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and vitamin B can have a significant impact on emotional health.Work with your partner to ensure that healthy meals don’t become an additional source of stress.
You’re designed to thrive with a village around you. Lean on friends, family members, and mom groups—anyone who can offer a listening ear or a helping hand. Shared experiences can validate your feelings and provide solace and solutions. Emotional comfort is crucial for ALL of the feeling you experience postpartum and The Matrescence motherhood community is a great way to build your village.
Self-care is not a luxury; it’s essential. It doesn’t have to be a spa day—it can be a hot shower, a quiet cup of tea, or just take a moment to assess your needs for the day. Whatever replenishes you, make it a non-negotiable part of your day. Prioritizing your mental health is not selfish, its necessary!
Don't Worry, Mama, Help And Support Is Available
Speak With a Doctor or Counselor About Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
Sometimes, talking with a health professional is the best course of action. Postpartum rage could be a sign of deeper issues like postpartum depression or anxiety. A healthcare professional can offer a safe place to discuss these feelings and recommend treatment options that work for you.
Motherhood is as demanding as it is rewarding, and it’s perfectly okay to seek help. Acknowledge your strength in facing these challenging emotions. Remember, taking care of yourself is an act of love for your new baby, your partner, and most importantly, you.
In this shared journey of parenthood, know that your experiences, while unique, resonate with a community ready to embrace and support you. And as you navigate each wave of emotion that comes your way, hold fast to the knowledge that within you lies an ocean of resilience and love, ready to carry you forward to calmer shores.
You Are Not Alone, Mama!
We are here, ready and willing to be a part of your support system. If you need further guidance or just someone to talk to, please reach out. Together, let’s find the balance and peace you deserve.