When speaking to my family and friends about postpartum depression (PPD) I realized that not only did I put on a great facade, but many of them had no idea how to truly recognize something wasn’t quite right with me. I’ve decided to share what I’ve found on Mayo Clinic regarding the matter so that it can help all who are interested. In my own experience, it is very scary and embarrassing admitting to having postpartum depression. Especially if it’s not your first baby. I personally felt that people may have felt like I was being dramatic and claiming depression simply because I was a little stressed.
If you are a mother or the loved one of a mother who has had a baby within 0-2 years, I advise you to take her symptoms and cries serious. She may not experience each symptom so you have to be aware of them all. Support her, love her, listen to her, help her.
There are many factors that play into a mother experiencing postpartum depression, but the most common are the physical changes that take place after the birth of her child and emotional issues. On the physical spectrum, when a mother gives birth, there is an extreme drop in her hormones that can lead to PPD. Emotionally; “sleep deprivation, feeling overwhelmed, less attractive, struggling with sense of identity or feeling like she’s lost control of her life can all contribute to postpartum depression.”
Per Mayo Clinic:
“Any new mom can experience postpartum depression and it can develop after the birth of any child, not just the first. Her risk increases if:
- She has a history of depression, either during pregnancy or at other times.
- She has bipolar disorder.
- She had postpartum depression after a previous pregnancy.
- She has family members who’ve had depression or other mood disorders.
- She’s experienced stressful events during the past year, such as pregnancy complications, illness or job loss.
- Her baby has health problems or other special needs.
- She has twins, triplets or other multiple births.
- She has difficulty breast-feeding.
- She’s having problems in your relationship with your spouse or significant other.
- She has a weak support system.
- She has financial problems.
- The pregnancy was unplanned or unwanted.