Postpartum Depression – It’s Real and You’re Not Alone

Feelings of anxiety, irritation, tearfulness, and restlessness are common in the week or two after pregnancy. These feelings are often called the postpartum or “baby blues.” They almost always go away soon, without the need for treatment. Postpartum depression may occur when the baby blues DO NOT fade away or when signs of depression start 1 or more months after childbirth.

You’re not alone. First and foremost, that is the most important thing to remember. PPD is something that affects mothers everywhere. It doesn’t make you weak. It doesn’t mean that you love your baby any less. It means that you’re human and there’s nothing wrong with being human. Being in this industry, talking with new moms on a daily basis, one of the questions that comes up more often than any question about the product is dealing with PPD.

With so many questions coming in all the time, and the gross misunderstanding from the general public on PPD, I wanted to put together a list of the 4 best articles I’ve found during my research. Each of the articles below has a different bit of information on PPD.

The Articles

Recognizing And Addressing Postpartum Depression via NBC News

Figuring out the difference and how to address PPD is the most important first step. Baby Blues and PPD are two different things and, while often confused, must be handled differently.

8 Postpartum Depression Risk Factors You Probably Didn’t Know About, But Should via Romper

Some people are more at risk for PPD than others and some of the risk factors might surprise you. Here are 8 different risk factors that most people don’t know about but everyone should.

Postpartum Depression and the Baby Blues via HelpGuide

Baby Blues and Postpartum are different things but here are some tips on coping with Baby Blues or PPD and the best way to move forward. Remember, it’s ok to reach out for support.

‘How could a mother have these thoughts?’ How I confronted postpartum depression via Ashlee Coffey

If you have PPD you’ve asked yourself this question at least a hundred times. Ashlee Coffey took her courage to another level with this post and went into her struggle with PPD and how she confronted the most confused feeling you’ll ever have.

Conclusion

I can never say it enough so I’ll say it again: You are not alone. You are a mother. You have taken on the hardest job that anyone can take on and the greatest job anyone could ever have. I hope that these four articles were able to help you in your journey to understand and conquer your PPD. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any articles that you think this article would benefit from.

Remember to share with someone that you think might need the articles in this post. That’s why I wrote it.

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