If you’ve been reading my blog, then you know I like to keep things on the positive side of the scales. But, I also keep it real and honest with you guys, and we all know life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, try as we might.
Before giving birth, I had this notion that postpartum depression was this thing that happened when mothers didn’t bond with their babies. I, of course, knew there was just no way that could ever happen to me!
Alas, I was so wrong. The thing is, PPD (or PND) fits like a clothing item from LuLaRoe. The tag may say it’s a small, but I guarantee it’s actually going to fit anywhere from an extra small to a 2X. Catch my drift? If you don’t, I’m really just trying to say that it has many shapes, sizes, and looks. One mothers journey with PPD can be completely opposite of another mothers journey.
Because it isn’t as easy as black and white, (but rather a dull gray) I feel there’s a lack of understanding around it. Using myself as an example, I had no idea how wide a canvas it actually painted. There’s this awful stigma about PPD, and it really needs to stop. So many mothers suffer in silence instead of seeking the help they need, because they feel guilty about it. How silly is that, to feel guilty about something we can’t control? That’s the result of misinformation and lack of support.
If you’re as unaware of signs and symptoms as I was, I’m going to clear it up for you today! Change can only happen once knowledge and understanding takes place. So let’s dive in, shall we?
Postpartum Depression (PPD) Definition
Childbirth is no joke, and neither is motherhood. The changes your body goes through, not just physically but hormonally, are not to be taken lightly or ignored. Your body changes, your psyche changes, your whole world changes. It’s a serious ordeal!
The definition is pretty straight forward, but what about the symptoms? Before I dive in, please note that symptoms are wide ranging, and not the same for everyone. I will probably leave things out, so just because you don’t see what relates you to you, doesn’t mean you’re not suffering. As always please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Symptoms of PPD
Personally, I feel like lack of concentration just comes with the territory (hello, mom brain), BUT all jokes aside if you can check off any of those symptoms I highly encourage you to reach out to your doctor.
I want everyone to know that having postpartum depression is NOTHING to be ashamed of. It’s normal, it’s more common than you may think, and it’s not your fault. Motherhood is a full time job, and you deserve to take care of yourself.
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