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5 things you must know about Postpartum Depression

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  1. Redittor says:

    I also want to add that women aren’t the only ones who can get PPD, so can men. On all counts both partners should be vigilant in keeping an eye out because it can most definitely happen to men as well.

  2. Redittor says:

    While this is all good information, as someone who had PPD i’d like to add a couple things.

    Talk to your partner (or anyone!) Depression runs in my family and I was very vocal while pregnant that he and my OB needed to be on the look out. Even so, I fell to a low where I recognized it in myself before others did (also, because I was putting on an emotional mask to my OB)
    Understand and teach others the symptoms of PPD It isn’t always being sad and crying all the time. My was a face of rage. Nothing my partner did was right; I couldn’t bear the thought of getting a sitter and going on a date since someone else would be watching my child; I wasn’t eating or sleeping (and lost about 20lbs in the process) so I was weak and tired; if we would go out, I could be happy for an event but would shut down right when we got home. I was so so angry (but kept passing it off to a partner who just wasn’t helping, a baby who wouldn’t sleep etc. side note: my husband was VERY helpful and my child was actually a great sleeper)
    Know when to ask for help This is easier said than done. I was so angry for so long and I remember one day thinking, “this would all be so much easier if I just went to the garage and turned the car on.” After I said it out loud, I heard myself cry and called my husband. Even then, it took me a few weeks to call my OB since I though acknowledging it would be enough (turns out it wasn’t and I took Zoloft for almost a year…)
    Accept the help and ignore the stigma People would never scold someone for taking their high blood pressure medication or tell them to “just relax.” Or tell a diabetic to just “eat healthier.” Depression, while there is an emotional side of it, is a chemical imbalance of hormones in your brain. Medication is necessary to treat it and the may be able to be weaned off under the direction of a doctor.
    Just my two cents. I wouldn’t wish PPD upon anyone and am so glad that I was able to get help. Life was so, so much better being able to enjoy my wonderful family. Also this is the suicide hotline is case anyone needs it: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ tel:18002738255

  3. Monica says:

    This is a great post on spreading awareness. I don’t think it’s talked about , within families, as often as it should be. PPD is not something you can easily shake, I suffered from it myself without wanting to admit it.

    1. Daisy Suman says:

      I agree, Monica. The dialogue has to start and more importantly, the mother herself should be willing to admit that something is amiss and seek appropriate help without fear of stigma. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Marisa says:

    Thanks for breaking the silence, Daisy! I suffered from PPD with both of my children, and the second time was even worse. It is so important for moms to understand this illness and not keep it to themselves.

    1. Daisy Suman says:

      Thank you, Marisa for sharing this. It must have been so tough on you having to deal with it twice. I am glad you came out of it stronger. Thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  5. Healing Mama says:

    Thanks for this article Daisy. I suffered from it with my second and pray that I don’t with this baby. That’s one thing I don’t like about having a baby is the PPD. Great post.

    1. Daisy Suman says:

      Thanks for your honest admission, Healing Mama. I hope that you don’t have to go through the same this time around. Good luck!

  6. Crystal says:

    It’s true that it is so poorly understood. I had a friend who suffered from it right after childbirth. She made it through ok but I had no idea what she was going through!

    1. Daisy Suman says:

      Yes, you are so right, Crystal. I am glad your friend overcame it 🙂 Thank you for stopping by.

  7. Thank you for spreading awareness! It never even occurred to me after childbirth that this is something that could possibly happen to me, but I see now it is much more common than I thought! I will share this article around the web to hopefully help make other women aware, too!

    1. Daisy Suman says:

      Thank you, Rachel for sharing with everyone. Even I was not aware that it was so prevalent till Fix sent me the Infograpics. Then I did my research and turns out the numbers are quite high. And like other forms of depression, it is quite poorly understood.

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