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Many people I know, myself included have experienced a level of anger towards their spouse/partner after the birth of their baby. Has this been your experience? Would you attribute it to hormones, sleep deprivation or something else and how long was it until you felt ‘normal’ again?


Posted anonymously, 15th September 2016


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  • I had this, but mostly cos my “expectations” compared to “Reality” I love romance movies and shouldn’t even consider looking at the dads after bubs was born. My partner helped when he could and worked full-time/casual pay, and I wanted him there for everything, but he also needed sleep like I needed and needed alone time like I needed..


  • I didn’t experience this. The comments on this thread are interesting though. I would think sleep deprivation and hormones would play a big part in how you’re feeling.


  • Getting a child is a major change in your life and asks for major adjustments. Hormones certainly play a part and it takes months for your body to recover and find your balance back.


  • I hated my partner post-birth. everything he did pissed me off, and everything he didnt do. my bub came a little early and i was so overwhelmed with everything, my partner wasnt very helpful or supportive and i had mild PND which didnt help either.
    we still have some very dark days but i think the main thing that got us thru it was just time, time to learn to live as a family and support one another. i can get very moody when im on the pill too and going on the pill only a short time after the birth may have contributed to my partner’s attitude toward me.


  • Maybe a checkup with a GP? Hormones can impact.


  • I believe a lot of it is hormones. I went through some horrible times coming down off the massive hormone high that is pregnancy. I can’t say how long hormones take to go down to normal. I was affected pretty badly by the hormone rise and even struggle on the pill now. The in arm version turned me into a dribbling mess and had to be removed. I hate hormones.


  • Sorry to read about your experience. I have not experienced this. Would a counsellor be of assistance? Someone to talk to about your feelings?


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