A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities
But what happens when this new beginning brings depression and anxiety
Yeah, Postpartum depression is real. And It lasts longer than you can ever imagine
Warning signs are different for everyone but may present themselves as:
- Inability to sleep, sleeping too much, difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Disinterest in the baby, family, and friends
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby
- A loss of pleasure or interest in things you used to enjoy, including sex
- Eating much more, or much less, than you usually do
- Anxiety—all or most of the time—or panic attacks
- Feeling guilty or worthless—blaming yourself
- Sadness, crying uncontrollably for very long periods of time
- Fear of not being a good mother
………and there are many more.
Getting treatment is important for you and your baby. Taking medicines for depression or going to therapy does not make you a bad mother or a failure. Getting help is a sign of strength.
We need to talk to one another about motherhood and mental health as part of the whole pregnancy experience. If nothing else, it will help others identify their struggles, feel less alone and reach out for help instead of feeling like they are failing as moms.