#Blogmas Day 19 – Postpartum depression (PPD)
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mental health illness that affects women after giving birth. This is when feelings of sadness, loneliness, worthlessness, restlessness, and anxiety last much longer than a few weeks. After having a baby, many women have mood swings.
Postpartum depression can start any time during your baby’s first year, but it’s most common for you to start to feel its effects during the first 3 weeks after birth. If you have it, you might feel sad, hopeless, and guilty for basically everything in your life.
There are many reasons as to why women get Postpartum depression, but mainly they are because your hormone levels rise when you’re pregnant.and after your baby is born, they drop suddenly. It can also be due to depression family history or one of the biggest reasons, problems in your life. Other reasons that can cause PPD are:
- Previous postpartum depression.
- Depression not related to pregnancy.
- Severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- A difficult or very stressful marriage or relationship.
- Few family members or friends to talk to or depend on.
- Stressful life events during pregnancy or after childbirth (such as severe illness during pregnancy, premature birth, or a difficult delivery).
When I gave birth to my first daughter, I already had depression, as if you do not know I suffered from Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) which meant I could not walk for over 6 months. So all this was already stressful for me, I had to learn how to walk after 3 months of giving birth. So then depression on top.. It is very difficult and I can understand all women who suffer from PPD.
Postpartum depression cannot be prevented or avoided, so the only thing you can do about it is to prepare yourself and try to be stronger mentally and physically. By saying this I mean you have to find the strength in your mind and do not let anyone get into your nerves, you have to be prepared that your hormones have changed and you will be very emotional, so try to relax and take everything easy and mainly enjoy first days of being a mother.
You’re not “losing your mind” or “going crazy.” You shouldn’t feel that you just have to suffer through it. Here are some things you can do that other mothers with postpartum depression have found helpful:
- Find someone to talk to and tell that person about your feelings.
- Get in touch with people who can help you with child care, household chores, and errands. This support network will help you find time for yourself so you can rest.
- Find time to do something for yourself, even if it’s only 15 minutes a day. Try reading, exercising (walking is great for your health and is easy to do), taking a bath, or meditating.
- Keep a daily diary. Write down your emotions and feelings. This is a way to let out your thoughts and frustrations. Once you begin to feel better, you can go back and reread your diary. This will help you see how much better you are.
- Celebrate small achievements. Even if you can only get one thing done on any given day, remember that this is a step in the right direction. There may be days when you can’t get anything done. Try not to get angry with yourself when this happens.
- It’s okay to feel overwhelmed. Childbirth brings many changes and parenting is challenging. When you’re not feeling like yourself, these changes can seem like too much to handle.
- You’re not expected to be a supermom. Be honest about how much you can do. Ask other people to help you when you need it.
- Find a support group in your area. They can put you in touch with people near you who have experience with postpartum depression.
- Talk with your doctor about how you fee as they may be able to offer you counseling.
Have you suffered from PPD? Please share your experiences below.
Thank you for reading.