Becoming a mother is one of the most beautiful gifts nature can give to a woman. However, sometimes women experience a common form of depression about a month after giving birth. If you’ve delivered a baby recently and you’re feeling more anxious than usual, overly emotional and incapable of taking care of the baby or yourself, there is a big chance that you may be suffering Post Partum Depression. Read below to learn 5 facts about a disease that affects 15% of women.
You’ll feel like You’re Not Bonding With The Baby
You were hoping to feel a heavenly connection with the baby the minute the nurse placed him/her in your arms. Instead, it seems you’re the last person the baby wants to see. You’re hopelessly numb and you don’t know what to do about it. Again, you’d be surprised at how many women often experience this after giving birth. It will pass, guaranteed. But you’re not a monster for feeling this way.
Your mind is going at a thousand miles per hour
A flood of thoughts non-stop is very common among mothers who suffer PPD. These thoughts can include the desire of leaving everything behind, complete and utter disorientation, confusion, fatal desires, and foggy emotions. The best medicine for this is to find activities that will wind down your mind, such as yoga or leaving your child with a loved one while you get some quality sleep.
You are not crazy
…Just sad. This is a very normal feeling you need to learn to navigate in order to concentrate on taking care of your baby. You might feel miserable at times –especially if you get recurring thoughts of harming yourself or the baby- but those are just feelings and they need to be treated.
You Won’t Feel this Way Forever
Depending on the clinical history of the mother, PPD can last as long as a year, mostly due to other forms of depression that were previously not treated. Keep in mind, your body is experiencing a host of changes that at first glance seem irreversible. Not just your physical appearance, but your hormones will take a while to stabilize. All these factors may contribute to the current confusion.
You are Not Alone
Two out of ten mothers suffer PPD, many of which have a history of depression that roots in their family. PPD is a temporary illness which can be faced with the help of loving and supporting partners and friends. It often occurs that PPD comes as a result of an array of unsolved problems which end up in a complicated pregnancy. For this reason, it is strongly suggested that you find someone to talk to, be it a relative, your partner or, ultimately, a professional. But never force yourself to deal with the pain on your own.