A long important post because this is a serious part of motherhood .
Tag all your mama friends because they will hide their PPD and show happiness. We need to spread the word out to help each other.
Postpartum Depression (PPD)
According to a 2017 CDC analysis of 27 states, around one in nine people experience symptoms of postpartum depression. Data on postpartum anxiety isn’t as robust, but what research does exist suggests it may actually be more common than postpartum depression. A 2013 study in Pediatrics found that 17 percent of the 1,123 postpartum people studied showed signs of postpartum anxiety compared to 6 percent who exhibited symptoms of postpartum depression (and 3.7 percent who showed signs of both). More research is necessary to confirm just how common both of these conditions may be. This study also had limitations, like only looking at people who intended to breastfeed.
The stress of a new baby, a lack of support, and logistical challenges in seeking care can contribute to issues like postpartum depression and anxiety, Dr. Crear-Perry says.
Signs to look for:
“Can be hard for women to sort out what's normal from what's a real problem,” Dr. Brubaker says. How are you supposed to separate regular mood shifts or worries that can come with caring for a baby from something that might be more serious?
The symptoms can involve those of non-postpartum depression, like a sad mood that lasts for over two weeks, feelings of hopelessness, and a loss of interest in things that would typically bring you joy, according to the NIMH.
PPD can lead to crying more than usual, being angry, feeling disconnected from your baby, doubting your ability to take care of your baby, and thinking about causing harm to yourself or the baby, according to the CDC.
Worrying can also be a feature of PPD, but it’s the hallmark of postpartum anxiety. If you’re experiencing such an intense level of worry or fear after having a baby that it’s hard for you to go about life as normal that could be a sign of postpartum anxiety as well.
If you’re feeling any of the above physical symptoms that we mentioned. Reach out to your doctor to talk through what you are feeling. All pregnant moms and new parents deserve to be safe, happy, and healthy.
There are also things you can do at home to help cope with everyday life. Keep reading for more on how to deal with PPD.
•Exercise when you can
•Maintain a healthy diet
•Create time for yourself
•Make time to rest
•Focus on fish oils
•Examine your breast-feeding-Dysmorphic Milk Ejection Reflex or D-MER
•Resist isolation-Try your best to get out or at least chat with other adults and moms for support.
•When to see your doctor-to get treatment
•Traditional treatments-This involves speaking with a mental health professional about your thoughts and feelings.
Developing a support network
You may find comfort in confiding in a close friend or family member. If you don’t want to share your feelings with people you know, there are other places you can reach out to for support.
* Call your obstetrician, midwife, or another healthcare provider.
* Contact your minister or another leader in your faith community.
* Ask around about any local support groups for PPD.
* Chat online with other moms in forums like Postpartum Progress.
* Call the anonymous PSI postpartum depression hotline at 800-944-4773.