Postpartum Depression

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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This post is based on research done by myself and my personal experiences with Postpartum Depression. Please seek medical attention if you are overwhelmed. 

 

Statistics

Let’s start by getting the statistics out there. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of getting reduced to a number so let’s get that part out of the way.

While 70% – 80% of women experience Baby Blues only 10% – 15% of women suffer with Postpartum Depression. So what’s the difference?

 

Symptoms

For starters, Baby Blues have an onset within 5 days while Postpartum Depression on the other hand can develop within 6-12 weeks of delivery. That being said, Postpartum Depression can also develop well into the first year after childbirth.

 

After seeing these symptoms you can be left feeling confused, overwhelmed, and worried. I mean, some of the symptoms are in both categories – right? There’s one more major difference. After giving birth your body’s hormones need a chance to get back to prepregnancy levels. Therefore, Baby Blues can last for about two weeks after giving birth. Mood swings such as depressed mood, sadness, iritabiliy, and anxiety are all common after childbirth (remember 70% – 80% of women experience Baby Blues).
 

What if the symptoms don’t go away?

If the symptoms don’t go away or get worse it’s a strong sign that you or a loved one may be suffering Postpartum Depression. Remember, Postpartum Depression can show up as late as a year after giving birth. Most OB offices have a followup appointment around 6 weeks after delivery and administer a test for Postpartum Depression. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of Postpartum Depression it is important to seek medical attention and go under a physicians care.

Postpartum Depression Left Untreated

Postpartum Depression left untreated can be very harmful to the mother and cause family problems and bonding issues with baby.
 

 



 

Getting Help

Women suffering Postpartum Depression often feel as they have failed in some way, but this is simply not true. A lot of women don’t seek help for reasons such as denial or embarrassment. If you or your loved one are experiencing symptoms of Postpartum Depression please seek help. Getting help prevents the situation from getting worse and can lead back to a healthy life.
 



 

Tips on getting better:

  • Seek medical advice
  • Make time for yourself – this may be hard with a newborn depending on how much help you have. While feeding the baby whether breast or bottle, read, write, do something engaging to lift your spirits.
  • Eat healthy
  • Increase intake of nutrients and vitamins – fish oils promote a healthy brain and B12 promotes a healthy nervous system
  • Exercise – you can do this with a newborn. Take the baby for a walk. Down the street, in the park, at the mall, it doesn’t matter. Just get active!
  • Stay in touch – It is so easy to isolate yourself from loved ones and friends. Put yourself out there!
  • Rest – a very important tip to getting better. Napping when your baby naps is a no-brainer here. Sleep when you can. It is important for your own mental health and your overall well being.
  • Communicate with your spouse and family. Educate them on what you’re going through. Let them know that you need support. Most people that haven’t experienced it don’t understand it.

 

 

11 thoughts on “Postpartum Depression

  1. Great post, I had a mild case of postpartum after the birth of my daughter. It was an awful feeling. Thanks for sharing this for others that might be suffering from it currently.

  2. This is a great article. I think there needs to be more talk about PPD. Even in today’s day, it still seems so taboo. Most people focus on the baby once her or she is born, but often forget to ask mama how she is doing. Now that I have a little one of my own, I am much more conscious about asking my girlfriends how THEY are doing.

  3. Postpartum is so very real and it can happen to anyone. The hardest part is realizing you have it. I was in denial with mine and it made it even harder. Thank you for sharing, so many women need post like this to help them realize there is no shame and it is perfectly normal!!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this and reaching out to moms who may be suffering one or more of these symptoms but have been afraid to ask for help…

  5. This is such important information! I feel like postpartum depression isn’t talked about enough, and when it is, there is often a lot of misinformation. It can be easy to confuse the heightened emotions of newborn life with a deeper issue.

  6. This is such an important post! And such an important topic.
    I was lucky to escape only with Baby Blues. but I know how easily I could have gotten worse!

    We really need more awareness on the subject!

  7. There was a time where I kept seeing mothers commit suicide or harm their own children as a result of not getting help and not realizing that they have PPD. It’s so heartbreaking to hear those stories. It’s so important to spread awareness and information. Thank you for this post. It’s one of my fears to suffer from PPD. It’s also important for mothers to know that it’s actually more common than they think. Maybe it will make it easier for more women to seek help.

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