It seems faux pas to discuss let alone admit to the possibility of having a perinatal mood disorder, most commonly postpartum depression. Let me be the first to proclaim it SHOULDN’T be. Many many many of us out there have been through it to varying degree.
- 70-80% of women experience SOME form of negative feelings following birth
- 1 in 7 women develops postpartum depression. You are not crazy or a horrible mom for feeling this way.
- PPD and perinatal mood disorders can also affect new FATHERS.
- Feelings don’t have to appear right after birth, they can show up a YEAR later.
- It is also the most under-diagnosed OB complication.
Do NOT suffer in silence, there is help for you. A great resource for information is here.
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My own bout with PPD & PPA
I have bolded several words and phrases below as RED FLAGS. If any of these resonate with you please reach out!!
The Thanksgiving holiday was supposed to be a time of joy and getting together with family, everyone excited to have a new addition to celebrate with. What it turned into was a complete living hell that was upon me before I could even form the words to describe what I was going through. Continue reading “Postpartum Depression and Anxiety- that couldn’t be me”