Postpartum can change your relationship with your partner, the person you consider a close friend.
This adjustment period of physical and emotional intimacy, as well as the hormonal changes experienced (mainly the hormones responsible for love, relationship building, and playing a protective role), heightens the experience of anxiety and depression.
Intimacy goes beyond the physical relationship you have with your partner. Postpartum depression and anxiety can affect other close relationships.
It can make it difficult to bond with your baby and lead to you isolating from the friends that are integral to your social well-being.
Recognizing these challenges and exploring solutions to improving your social and physical health can be beneficial for reducing stress and isolation.