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Postpartum depression was the LAST thing I was expecting when I became pregnant. I am generally a very happy person. So when my co-worker told me that having a baby was going to be AMAZING, I could never have imagined I would be having such a hard time as a new Mommy.
“That moment after you finally give birth to your baby and lay eyes on him or her for the first time, your heart opens up! ALL THIS LOVE just POURS out of you like you’ve never felt before!”My well meaning co-worker friend
LIES! LIES I tell you! For me it was more like . . . uhhhh. . . Wait for it. . . uhhhh. . . Radio silence.
20 weeks pregnant, well into my “honeymoon” trimester, I was beaming with excitement to meet my first baby, especially after hearing all this. I almost cried tears of joy during that conversation.
I’m sure lots of mothers feel this amazing connection and burst of love that explodes from their hearts. I was NOT one of them. And the disappointment practically broke me.
I was so stunned and confused when I barely felt anything after pushing for 3 hours on pitocin with a non-functioning epidural. When your baby comes out purple-ish and not breathing or crying for the first 2 minutes, the ONLY thing you hear yourself saying is “He’s gonna be alright, right?” He eventually was, thank goodness.
But I still felt numb. This disconnect was just the beginning of a downward spiral into what I didn’t realize was postpartum depression at. . . its. . . finest. . .
- How do You Know if You Have Postpartum Depression?
- Medical Postpartum Depression Treatments:
- Natural Postpartum Depression Treatments:
- My two cents on Postpartum Depression:
- Overcoming the Stigma of Postpartum Depression:
- Final Note on Postpartum Depression:
How do You Know if You Have Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is not “baby blues.” Baby blues is a MILD condition usually lasting about 2 weeks after delivery. You may experience some mood swings, crying episodes, and have increased feelings of stress. But then, your spirits just seem to lift and you feel more like yourself again.
Postpartum depression is very, very different.
“The primary cause of PPD is the enormous shifting of reproductive hormones following the delivery. In addition, sleep deprivation, inadequate nutrition, isolation, poor partner support, health issues of mom or baby, a high needs infant, or other major stressors can cause or make PPD worse.”American Pregnancy Association
If your baby blues doesn’t let up (like me), then it’s time to consider that maybe it might be something more.
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Things to Ask Yourself:
If you find yourself not looking forward to life, crying all the time, or disengaging from the moment, these are red flags that you are not functioning like a normal, healthy human being.
If the answer to any of these next few questions is yes, then you need to force yourself to speak to your doctor for a screening. There are many things that can really make a difference in your quality of life.
Are you crying more than usual?
Is it a few times a week? Everyday? More than once daily? Telling yourself “It’s just hormones” will only work for so long. It got to the point where I was crying several times a day, mostly from feelings of absolute helplessness and exhaustion.
I kept telling myself, “This will pass, it’s just because you are so tired.” Well, it didn’t. After about a month straight of this, and several panic attacks especially when it was close to colic time, I finally began to realize this was NOT normal.
Are you “zoning out” several times a day?
Zoning out means disengaging from your current situation, not being actively engaged in the present moment. If you are not enjoying this new life, if you are not being present in the moment with your baby, this can be a sign that you may be suffering from postpartum depression. Zoning out is your mind’s way of getting you away from what is happening. Usually it is because you would rather not be experiencing it.
Because you can’t always physically leave, your mind mentally checks out, providing you an alternative way of leaving. This is not at all healthy for you or your baby. How are you supposed to get to know each other if you are not there? Really take a look at your situation and decide if losing this precious time with your new baby is worth it. You can’t get this time back.
Are you having thoughts of hopelessness?
The feelings of helplessness began to evolve into feelings of hopelessness. I thought the colic would never get better. In my cloudy mind, this difficult time was my new life until he could walk on his own.
I did not realize that every month it gets better. If someone had taken me by the hand, looked me straight in the eyes, and told me: Every month it gets better, my outlook would have improved ten-fold.
This phrase would have given me a measurable length of time, a concrete time limit to give myself before freaking out.
And it is true, it may not be exactly a month to the day, but babies change so much and so quickly that when you look back, they really are a different person approximately every month.
So if you are experiencing feelings of hopelessness, this is me taking you by the hand, looking you straight in the eyes, and letting you know, every month it gets better. This particular phase of motherhood will not last at this intensity for longer than a month. So hang in there and take care of yourself for you and your family. Take advantage of the resources your doctor will provide for you.
Are you having thoughts of harming yourself or the baby?
This is an advanced stage of postpartum depression. Hopelessness can advance to thoughts of harm. These thoughts aren’t as calculated as you would think. They can be more like a passing thought or a daydream.
This isn’t happening just because you are exhausted. At this point you don’t have the wherewithal to diagnose yourself. You aren’t seeing as clearly as you usually do. Just because you tell yourself that you would never actually do anything to harm yourself or your baby, doesn’t mean it is okay for these thoughts to invade your head space. It is not “nothing,” and yes, it is a big deal.
Do not put off talking to the doctor. Denial can be harmful in this circumstance. These thoughts are unhealthy and it is important to not ignore or brush them off. Do not risk the safety of you or your baby. This is a very serious condition.
Screenings for Postpartum Depression:
A more official way (rather than googled self-diagnosis) are medical screenings. I have an HMO and they diligently use referrals. Depending on your healthcare plan, there may be less hoops to jump through.
Standard OB GYN Screening:
At your follow-up OB appointment and at the next several baby wellness checks, you will answer a standardized questionnaire on how you are coping after giving birth. My advice: answer this survey honestly.
These questionnaires are research based and designed on a sliding scale that rates how at risk you are for having postpartum depression. They work really well at determining the severity of your condition.
The step after the questionnaire is a nurse screening.
If you answered enough questions to trigger a nurse screening, then you will most likely be interviewed by a Registered Nurse. They will review your questionnaire with you and make sure you are not in a dangerous situation or a danger to yourself/others. This is also where they will ask you questions about your home life to see what sort of support you have. They will also schedule your appointment with a therapist.
A family therapist will have a one-on-one session with you. This session may last for up to an hour. It is an in depth interview that determines the severity of your condition. The therapist uses your answers to figure out the best course of treatment.
This is where they will decide if you will need group sessions or one-on-one sessions with the therapist either weekly or more than once weekly.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor and has the ability to prescribe medications. Usually you have to meet with a psychiatrist once. It is mainly to determine whether or not you will need pharmaceutical intervention for postpartum depression. If you need a prescription for medications then you will have to meet with a psychiatrist every so often to manage the course of medications.
Medical Postpartum Depression Treatments:
The first-line treatment for PPD is therapy, group and or individual. They may prescribe medications as well if needed. Personally I said no to the medications because I was exclusively breastfeeding and they felt during the screenings that I would be fine without them.
Whether it be group or individual therapy, I highly recommend this course of action. It is only beneficial to you and available to pretty much anyone who needs it. They can provide you with a work release if needed and you may also qualify for disability as long as you are regularly attending sessions.
Group therapy is a great treatment for postpartum depression. I highly recommend this method. Being forced to talk about your struggles, your feelings, and your accomplishments in a room full of other Mommies going through similar situations can be reassuring and strengthening. You really can’t get that kind of support and true empathy anywhere else. I absolutely loved it.
Group will last about 2 hours once a week for approximately 8 weeks. They will extend it for another 8 weeks if they feel (or you feel) like you could benefit from another round.
Like I mentioned earlier, the doctor will take you off of work for disability if you have to do therapy for postpartum depression.
The doctor will recommend individual therapy if they feel your situation needs more close monitoring. Sometimes they will also do group and individual therapy in conjunction.
Taking medications during PPD can be a bit nerve wracking, especially if you are breastfeeding. But you have to weigh the risk vs benefits of taking the medication.
Just because you start medications for PPD does not mean you will be on them for life. PPD is what us medical folks like to call transient (not-permanent).
Most newer anti-depressants secrete very, very small amounts in breast milk which is considered safe for the baby but the choice is up to you and your doctor.
You have to consider the risk vs benefit. If the benefits of using the anti-depressant far outweighs the very low risk of adverse effects to baby, then it is probably worth it to take the medication.
I know plenty of Mommies who took anti-depressant medications during breastfeeding, and they were happy they took them. You will eventually be weaned off the medications.
Over the Counter Medications:
Proceed with CAUTION! If you are breastfeeding ALL medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements need to be given the OK by the doctor.
Even if you aren’t breastfeeding, it is safest to inform your doctor on what you plan on taking and to get the go ahead before you start taking any OTC meds.
Just let the doctor know what supplements you plan on taking and they will tell you if it is safe with your prescription medications and if it is safe for breastfeeding.
Natural Postpartum Depression Treatments:
Natural treatments work excellently in conjunction with medical treatments. They are easy to implement and can be very effective in their own right.
GET OUTSIDE!!! Sunlight stimulates the production of chemicals in your brain called serotonin, what I like to call happy juice. The more serotonin your body makes, the happier you feel.
When sunlight hits your eyes, it activates the part of your brain that releases serotonin. There are even studies out there that say that sunlight on your SKIN can increase serotonin levels as well. So soak up some sun! Just take care to only go out before 10 am and after 4 pm to avoid the damaging effects of sunlight. And don’t forget to ditch the sunglasses.
Even on a cloudy day, there may be enough sunlight outside to trigger the release of serotonin. So don’t let that be your excuse.
Serotonin can decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression. A lot of anti-depressant medications work this way, by increasing serotonin levels.
I’ve learned to open all the blinds in the house in the morning as an adjunct to going outside. Because lets face it, some days its just not possible to hang out outside.
Exercise has also been a proven method to naturally increase serotonin and something called endorphins. Endorphins are basically a natural morphine that your body produces when you are in pain, stressed, or when you exercise.
Your body loves balance. So when you experience these stressors, it tries to balance it out by releasing this morphine-like chemical. Endorphins help combat the symptoms of pain, stress and/or exercise (the good form of stress on your body).
Do some yoga (at home or the studio), jog on the treadmill or use the elliptical. Hey, just climbing the stairs up-and-down with the baby can do the trick.
Even better, strap that baby in the stroller and jog around the neighborhood. At first my baby hated the stroller. He would cry and cry until he finally realized he was outside. If you do this consistently, your baby will get used to the routine and won’t be as fussy about it.
If you have babysitting, go for it! You can take some much needed time away from the baby without having to worry if he is doing okay. You won’t be worrying if he’s hungry, if he pooped, if the sun is hitting his face, etc.
Kill two birds with one stone! When you jog outside, don’t go so early in the morning or so late at night that the sun isn’t up. Grab some sunlight at the same time to make good use of that precious free time.
Increase Omega 3 fatty acids in diet:
Omega 3 fatty acids (DHA) are supposed to help prevent and treat postpartum depression. I had no such experience, but who knows, my symptoms may have been worse if I didn’t take it. So maybe it did work and I just didn’t realize it.
They are really good for baby brain development so it’s good to take them anyway. I took these ones. They didn’t have any aftertaste as long as I took them with food. And bonus, both my babies are super smart! Sorry, proud Mommy moment. Maybe it was the DHA?
Aromatherapy is supposed to work well together with conventional PPD treatments. Personally, I’m sensitive and very picky to smells, so I didn’t go this route. But there are plenty of articles out there that say it can really help. I have a few friends that swear by aromatherapy and its results.
The essential oils that help with PPD are:
- Roman Chamomile
Be sure to use them correctly and you should also inform your doctor that you are using them as well. Just because they are natural doesn’t mean they can’t have adverse side effects. Better safe than sorry.
Meditation has come a long way from being cross-legged in a dark room saying “ooohhmmm” to yourself over and over again. Although you can definitely still do this version, I’m not knockin’ it. I would love to have the time to do that everyday!
Modern meditation is different. You take just a few minutes to focus on breathing, to regain your calmness and clarity. When you focus on your breathing, you learn to stay centered in the present moment. Breathing is not past, it is not future, it is present. Breathing is always happening in the present moment.
Practicing meditation this way can help you deal with the situation at hand without obsessing over what’s gonna happen next, or that dreaded “NOT AGAIN” feeling when something goes wrong. Practicing with some slow deep breaths will train you to avoid the triggers that set you off. Dealing with one thing at a time, the moment at hand, is less overwhelming and can help you get through even the really rough days.
Who has time for self-care?! You have so much on your plate now, adding another item onto the list can just seem impossible! No, I’m talking basic, basic self-care like: going to the bathroom without the baby, taking a slightly longer shower (or my favorite an extra shower), or something as simple as cutting your nails or tweezing your eyebrows. Best of all TAKING A NAP!
These are things you kinda should be doing anyway. If your significant other has paternity leave or just the day off, take advantage of that time to do some basic self-care.
Take a Shower Everyday:
I KNOW you are so unbelievably, unthinkably tired. But being clean makes all the difference in the world. You begin to feel less and less human the longer you go without a shower. I know, I’ve been there.
Think about it, most of the time you bleed for longer than 6 weeks after the baby. If you’re breastfeeding, you constantly smell like milk (sometimes sour milk-gross, but true). You are sweaty from having a warm body up pressed against you all day and night long. Your hormones are off and that can cause hot and cold flashes and sometimes oily skin and hair. And you just know you have baby vomit, pee, or poop somewhere on your body because you can smell it but can’t quite figure out where it landed.
A shower cures ALL of this. At least, hopefully, for the next couple hours. It is an easy and relatively quick way to self-care when you have no time to think of yourself.
Taking showers and washing my hair was a must to feel better during my pregnancies. It carries over even more so for self-care after you have the baby. Sometimes it was the only thing keeping me from having a melt-down.
Take advantage of family and friends coming to visit the baby. It is a great time for them to get to know the baby and for you to sneak away for ten minutes to freshen up.
No babysitting, you say??? No problem! You can put the baby in a bouncing chair and have them next to the shower so they can still see you are there. Hey, even if they cry the entire time, they are safe and strapped in.
This Baby Bjorn Bouncer Bliss is my favorite, it has different levels and folds down flat! The mesh version keeps baby cool too (both my babies ran hot). A close runner up is the more reasonably priced Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer. This one even has a vibrate feature that helps to soothe baby.
If you are able to sneak away while baby is sleeping in the crib for a shower, more power to you! My first had colic so this was not an option for me. He would only sleep on a warm body (and of course he preferred mine).
Do yourself a favor and somehow carve out that 10-15 minutes to take a blissfully refreshing shower.
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Actually DO something you loved to do before having the baby:
It can be as simple as taking the dog for a walk or as elaborate as planning a girls weekend in Vegas. The point is that you actually have to DO IT. We all talk about self-care and tell ourselves, “I’ll get to it, soon” but some of us (me included) never get around to doing it.
For me it was something a little different. . .
I love singing. Love it. It is so cathartic. After having the baby I never thought I would have the time or the energy or even the interest to belt out another song again. I know, “Woe is me.” Taking care of my newborn took ALL my time and energy.
But one day I saw a commercial that just WOKE ME UP. That Volkswagen one, a remix of Sound of Music’s Raindrops on Roses. One of my all time favorite movies. Love you Julie Andrews! I started singing it. Then I remembered how good singing made me feel.
From then on I was singing it in the shower, as I was cleaning, and finally to the baby. Slowly, I started to feel more like myself. Common sense would tell you that I should have been singing to him a lot sooner. But I just wasn’t feeling it. PPD can really mess with your head.
My two cents on Postpartum Depression:
Bonding with baby and going to group sessions changed my outlook on mothering (which was pretty poor after having the baby, thanks a lot PPD). But during pregnancy I was so looking forward to this next chapter in my life.
I wasn’t completely naive to all the difficulties of having a baby. I just didn’t realize how much constant work it would be. Comprehending the amount of work it would take to build a bond with the baby was beyond me. I didn’t expect how much I would depend on the support of my fellow PPD Mommies to get me through to the next week.
Bonding with Baby:
Do not feel bad if you don’t feel an immediate connection with your baby. No one really tells you that sometimes it needs to be cultivated, that it can take work to connect with that precious little stranger.
If you are anything like me, this is the first time you’ve had more than just casual contact with a baby. Having one of your own, that you are completely responsible for in every way shape and form is not just “life changing” as many other parents put it. It rips your old life out from under you and drops you off on what can feel as foreign as the planet Mars and says “Make it work.”
This transition can be so very difficult and you will need ALL the help you can get!
This next section deals with simple but effective ways to nurture the bond between you and baby. Technically, your baby is a stranger. You only just met him and you have to get to know him and he you. Building a strong bond can help you overcome some symptoms of postpartum depression.
Connecting is KEY!
Bonding with baby can be so very difficult when your baby suffers from colic. Colic can exacerbate the symptoms of PPD. The last thing I wanted to do was to spend MORE time with him. I thought I just needed to spend time away. I tried it, and it was not working. Granted it worked when I was gone but it was just a band-aid. When I came back it was like I never left. At the time I couldn’t make the correlation that in order to bond I needed to get to know my baby. I needed to spend quality time with him.
Let me ask you something, when you fell in LOVE with your significant other, did you want to leave them all the time? Or did it feel like you could never get enough time with them? Ya, the latter. Obviously. I was supposed to be in love with my baby and that was NOT going to happen if I didn’t find a connection with him.
If you’re still pregnant and are worried about how to bond with your newborn, check out my post on how to do this!
Look at Your Baby:
Are you forgetting to actually look at your baby, especially when you are feeding him? Are you watching television, or on your phone?
I wasn’t looking at my baby as much as I should have been. I noticed I was actually looking away whenever I could. If I left my phone somewhere else, or couldn’t reach the remote, I would just stare off into space. I would not look at or try to bond with my baby. I mean, I already knew what he looked like, right?
It seems I may have been disconnecting on purpose because I felt that he was attached to me so often. I took that time to take what I thought was a much needed “mental break” away from him.
Please, look at your baby, especially while breastfeeding. The hormones associated with let-down help you to feel connected to him. Examine every little nook and cranny. I discovered the best folds, creases and dimples I would have never found if I wasn’t looking on purpose.
Your baby will only be a baby for so long. I understand that it can sometimes be one of the only times he is calm and quiet, but your baby also needs to feel that connection from you to feel complete.
Look at Yourself and the Baby Together:
One sort of strange thing that helped with bonding and getting used to my new role as Mommy was looking in the mirror at the two of us together. Especially while I was rocking him to sleep. He did not take to sleep training well, so I had to rock him to sleep all. . . the . . . time. . . I was beginning to get very bitter about it.
Then one day, I looked up as I was passing by a mirror. I watched as he slowly fell into a deep sleep, cuddling his Mommy. . . Me! I saw how comforted he was being so close to me. That moment was when I began to actually feel fully that I was his Mommy. When I was able to see, to watch myself mothering, I was able to see how much my baby loves me, how much he needed me. I was able to see what we look like together as Mommy and baby.
It was such a different experience than just getting through putting him down for a nap. So different from just getting through this moment to get to the next. I could see so clearly how much he needed to be with his Mommy, to feel connected to me.
This technique works well if you are a visual learner. The sight of you taking care of your baby will register in your brain to help you accept your new role as Mommy.
You have to always be touching your baby. Diaper changes, feeding, cleaning, burping, rocking, etc. It can feel overwhelming at times. But sometimes, take time to purposefully touch your baby. It’s a different kind of touch, more an expression of love.
Try a nice massage (if your baby likes it- my first hated it, my second loves it). Or maybe some tickle time. My favorite is “Lets do cheek to cheek with Mommy!” I would stand in front of a mirror and press his cheek to mine, hard, bouncing up and down, repeating “Cheek to cheek with Mommy, cheek to cheek with Mommy!”
Cheek to cheek with Mommy is still one of my go-to maneuvers.
You can pretend to eat them too, when they get past the newborn stage and into the infant stage, they really love this playful touch.
Insider tip: Just use your lips to eat them, not your teeth. . .
Purposeful touching is a language that your baby can understand. Inherently babies know when you are touching them on purpose and when you just have to get something done. Purposeful touching is a vital part of building the bond between you and baby.
Inhale that Baby Breath:
This is just the BEST! I really can’t think of much else that smells better than infant baby breath. It’s so easy to do too! When you are rocking baby, put your face real close to his (practically nose to nose) and inhale when he exhales. Just divine!
This works best when you just finished rocking the baby to sleep in your arms. When they are sleeping they tend to breathe a little deeper and more steadily. Making it much easier to maximize inhaling that breath!
If your sense of smell is impeccable, like mine (mine is borderline superhero power status), this will send a rush of endorphins to your brain. Endorphins are “happy” chemicals that get released by your body when you exercise, laugh, listen to a great song, have sex, and smell certain aromas (like that yummy baby breath).
Talk Yourself into it:
I cannot impress upon you the importance of positive self-talk. Self-talk can change how we feel and how we react to situations. When you are feeling down or anxious from your postpartum depression symptoms, you have to talk yourself into it. Whatever you are trying to do (even if its just sitting and trying to relax), stop listening to the negative thoughts. Make your mind say positive thoughts.
Mantras or affirmations are very useful in this situation. If you are an auditory learner, saying affirmations out loud, or even in your head is an simple way to train yourself to relax and deal with the situation at hand without letting emotions get the best of you.
Telling yourself and your baby out loud when you are caring for them:
- Mommy is here.
- I am your Mommy.
- You are Mommy’s baby.
- Mommy loves you.
- You make Mommy so happy.
- You are Mommy’s little, little love.
- Mommy’s got you.
“Using the third person in self-talk can help you step back and think more objectively about your response and emotions. It can also help you reduce stress and anxiety.”Susan York Morris of healthline.com
When you feel any negative feelings like anxiety, sadness, self-pity, desperation, these mantras/affirmations will help bring you out of that downward spiral.
Having a baby is OVERWHELMING! It is almost like suffering from Stockholm syndrome. You are being held hostage by this creature that won’t leave you alone, not even to go to the bathroom to take care of your post-delivery bleeding that he caused in the first place. He is demanding, and won’t let you go, yet somehow, you become obsessed with him and his needs.
It is difficult to be a good Mommy when your mind keeps telling you otherwise. Talking yourself into being a good, caring Mommy by using affirmations is an easy way to learn to “trick” your brain into bonding with your baby.
Going to Postpartum Depression Group Sessions:
I loved my group sessions! Absolutely LOVED them. They were once a week for about 2 hours. It is not just a vent session. The family therapist leads the group in focused discussions and provides helpful tools and exercises to get you through to the next week.
They also allow some time for venting. But more like constructive and controlled venting so no one person is taking over the group. The input and support from the other mothers is so helpful. Some are first time Moms, some are second or even third time Moms.
Postpartum group sessions are a concentration of helpful and eye opening learning experiences all in one place. Where new and experienced mothers going through postpartum depression together cheer each other on and cry together with real empathy. You cannot get this kind of experience anywhere else (not even on an online forum or Facebook group). Don’t get me wrong, these online groups are great too, just not as all encompassing.
If you are suffering from PPD and have a chance to attend these group sessions, please do so. You can even bring your baby if you can’t find any babysitting. You will not regret going.
Towards the end of group, the significant others are invited to come share their thoughts and feelings. They can just come for support if they don’t feel like participating much. But there is something about people opening up and sharing that really encourages even the shy or guarded individual to open up.
My husband is NOT a talker (one of the many reasons I married him). As you can tell, I am the talkative type (it works out well for us). So when he agreed to go to the group session I was super surprised.
I thought to myself, maybe he’ll go but not say much. I watched in awe as he talked more than almost all the others. We walked away from there feeling more open and honest about our transition through this complicated thing called parenting.
Group sessions really helped open a line of communication that wasn’t there before between my husband and I. I will always remember the support I received at group. Do yourself a favor and go to group!
Overcoming the Stigma of Postpartum Depression:
Postpartum depression is NOT YOUR FAULT! It is a condition that occurs from a combination of a sharp imbalance of hormones right after delivery and utter exhaustion from the birthing and healing process. Not to mention the lack of sleep from caring for a newborn.
Your mind and body can only take so much at a time, and sometimes its coping mechanisms manifest itself as postpartum depression.
“It is estimated that PPD affects approximately 10% to 20% of women giving birth globally.”Sage Therapeutics, See PPD
And those stats are just based on the people that admitted to PPD. The numbers are likely higher.
You are NOT a bad or terrible mother for having this condition. But left untreated, you definitely won’t be as good of a Mommy as you can be. Give yourself the chance to be the BEST Mommy you can be. Get treatment for yourself.
Postpartum psychosis is rare but can occur if PPD is left untreated. This is the story that gets put on the national news where a mother ends up hurting her baby. Bottom line, DO NOT ignore or brush off postpartum depression.
Final Note on Postpartum Depression:
Postpartum depression will hinder your ability to connect with your baby. Don’t let it halt the incredible process of Turning into Mommy.
It is a very treatable condition! Don’t miss out on the beautiful parts of motherhood because you ignored your symptoms or thought it would just get better on its own.
There are may factors to postpartum depression. It is a multi-faceted combination of elements that are pretty much out of your control.
Postpartum depression is probably the last thing you want to think about when you are pregnant or even after you’ve already had your baby. But being prepared and informed can make all the difference if this very common condition happens to you.
If you think you may be experiencing some postpartum depression symptoms, or actually have PPD, you are not alone! I would love to hear how you are doing. . .
Any thoughts on the subject? Let’s open up the conversation and decrease the stigma attached to PPD, just leave a comment below or email me!
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