on Mar 8, 2018 at 5:13am PST
The baby blues are very real, and oftentimes, difficult to understand. For Emily Skye, an Australian trainer and health expert, the concept of being sad after giving birth was something she never could’ve imagined. “Having a baby was something I’ve always wanted, and I was thrilled to have her,” she wrote in a post for Women’s Health just 11 weeks after giving birth to a beautiful girl named Mia.
“Unfortunately, sometimes things happen that are outside of our control — your hormones go absolutely crazy after giving birth, and there’s very little you can do about it. I just had to ride out the hormonal and emotional changes the best I could. I spent at least 10 days feeling really sad and crying constantly,” she wrote of her experience.
The emotional roller coaster after coming home from the hospital had thrown Emily off in all aspects of her life. But the worst part about her internal struggle was that it was completely out of her control, yet it somehow controlled every bit of her existence. For Emily, so much of her life revolved around fitness, yet she couldn’t possibly work out feeling this way.
“I felt abnormal and alone (even though I wasn’t),” she wrote in an Instagram photo. “I knew I was so blessed but I couldn’t help feeling really down for no reason! I thought I was supposed to feel overwhelmed with happiness and I felt guilty for feeling this way. My hormones were haywire, I was severely sleep deprived and questioned whether I was cut out for this whole ‘being a mother thing.’ All I knew was I loved Mia more than anything.”