Are you suffering from postpartum depression? If you are searching and looking this up you know something just doesn’t feel right.
Postpartum depression doesn’t care who you are. It affects 1 in 7 women. It is common and you are not ALONE. Believe me, I stand with you. You can read my struggle here.
Before we dive into this, I’d like to point out there are many types of postpartum mood disorders. Below I will explain Baby blues versus Postpartum depression. Hopefully it can shed some light into what you are feeling.
Remember what you are feeling is real. You are not alone and no you are not going crazy, I promise.
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First the Baby Blues
Let me first start with this topic. About 50-75% of women suffer from the baby blues. When we have a baby our body goes through a lot and that means hormone changes as well. As new mothers we have a lot going on.
Baby blues should not last more than two weeks.
The Baby Blues Signs/Symptoms:
- Crying for no reason
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sleep disturbances
- Eating habit changes
These first two weeks can be rough, but the baby blues usually resolve on their own. What isn’t normal if they linger longer and get progressively worse.
Postpartum Depression (PPD)
About 15% of women will experience PPD. Symptoms of PPD can show up a few days after delivery, few weeks, or even a year later. Symptoms range from mild to severe and women can have good and bad days.
The signs and symptoms to watch out for are:
- Mood swings
- No interest in your baby, or feeling no connection
- Lashing out, anger
- Feeling hopeless, guilty, overwhelmed, and/or sad
- Trouble sleeping and eating
- No longer having interest in the things you use to enjoy
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby** (please seek immediate medical care if you have these thoughts!)
If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms reach out to your health care provider. Know that you are not alone. This is nothing to be ashamed of. You didn’t ask for this and you shouldn’t have to suffer. Speaking up or talking to someone can start you down the right path. Treatment for PPD can include medications and therapy.
Some side notes…
Don’t let anyone make you feel as if this isn’t normal or make you feel ashamed. There is nothing to be ashamed of. We are only human and no one is perfect.
Just because this happened to you does not mean you are an awful mother or a horrible human being.
You are doing your absolute best, even if you don’t feel like you are. Just know that one day you will look back and see how far you have come. As corny as this sounds one. day. at. a. time. It is tedious and may feel like you will never get there, but you will. Just keep your chin up and SPEAK UP. Get those feelings out there in the open to someone you trust. Talk to your PCP or OBGYN. Get HELP and don’t be ashamed of asking for it either. We can’t do it on our own. What is that saying again? Oh yes! IT TAKES A VILLAGE.
Just remember you have a support system, use them. I know easier said than done, but from someone who suffered in silence, lean on your support. It makes a world of difference.