While postpartum fatigue may be an inevitable part of parenting a young baby, it’s important to be aware of how it affects you as a parent. Fatigue can result in forgetfulness, irritability, lack of physical stamina, and an inability to concentrate. (McQueen 2003) Studies also show how fatigue can impact parenting specifically. Here’s how.
- Increase parental stress
- Limit patience in dealing with infant crying
- Decrease parenting satisfaction
- Decrease parent confidence in the ability to interact with the child
- Cause parents to become more irritable and easily frustrated with child’s behavior (and expectations of behavior, behavior seen as more demanding)
- Result in parents being less warm and affectionate
- Decrease involvement with child, as in shared activities
- Make it harder to plan and problem solve
ReferenceMcQueen A, Mander R. Tiredness and fatigue in the postnatal period. J Adv Nurs. 2003 Jun;42(5):463-9.
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