Most people experience a roller coaster of emotions during pregnancy. We start with elation or fear- sometimes both- when we first get the news, then we anticipate the moment we actually ‘look’ pregnant. After a while, and feeling like we will never stop growing, we want it to simply be over. We want our body back and our baby in our arms. After laboring for hours and working so hard for nine months to care for someone we’ve never even met, it’s suddenly all over with… Only to take-on new forms of emotions.
It is some-what typical for moms to have the baby blues. We are faced with so many life changes. Even if it isn’t our first child; if our other children are older and more independent, it’s hard at times to deal with lack of sleep, crying, the needs of multiple people and ‘life’, all at the same time. Everyday Health reports 10 to 15 percent of new moms will suffer from postpartum depression. So, at what point does new-baby stress become postpartum depression?
If your baby blues last longer than a week or two If you often feel the need to cry If you find yourself to be angry more often than not When you feel that ‘everyone else’ is the problem Constantly feeling overwhelmed Not being able to sleep or rest (That doesn’t pertain to your new baby’s needs) If you feel worthless or to have low self-worth
Who Is At The Highest Risk
Single moms Moms who face addiction problems Moms with a personal and/or family history of depression Moms with marriage problems… Moms who have recently suffered great loss or tragedy or those who haven’t resolved a tragic issue from their past Moms with excessive stress in their lives, however, no one is immune
The truth is, in most cases the root of the problem isn’t in our control. Many moms put-off seeking help because they think they have done something wrong or aren’t good enough and suffer in silence. PD can destroy or damage relationships and greatly interfere with crucial and much-needed bonding time between mom and baby. The truth is many cases of postpartum depression are due to hormonal changes, something that is completely out of our control. If you or someone you know is suffering from postpartum depression, or is believed to be, contact your medical doctor. ‘Time’ is precious, especially when our little ones grow-up so fast. With complete honesty and possibly medication, there is treatment and help. No one is to blame.
*If you or someone you know feels the urge to hurt or harm your child or yourself in any way, due to postpartum depression or any other cause, contact help immediately.
Note: I am in no way, nor have I ever been a medical doctor. This article is based on personal experience, medical advice and information that was discussed with me regarding this topic. Symptoms and signs may vary from personal to person. Seek medical help for a proper diagnosis.
Personal knowledge and “Everyday Health”
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