Do You Know the Warning Signs of Postpartum Depression?


Could you be Suffering From Postpartum Depression?

In speaking with a woman recently, she shared her story about her bout with postpartum depression.

She told me the following;

Three months ago I was blessed with my first child, a son. But to me the blessing felt more like a curse. I no longer felt like myself. Everyone told me – When they place your baby in your arms your maternal instincts will naturally take over.

That didn’t happen to me. All I seem to do is cry; feel agitated and resentful toward my husband and my baby. Most days I hate myself and am filled with guilt. I can’t imagine what my family or friends would think of me if I told them how I actually feel, so I try to fake it, but my husband keeps asking me what’s wrong.

What this new mother is experiencing and describing is more than likely signs of postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is not uncommon but not talked about enough. The depression can set in almost immediately or within a few weeks to a month following the birth.

Not everyone experiences the deep sadness and disconnection of postpartum depression, but many women do and need help.

Some common symptoms of Postpartum Depression;

  • Trouble with concentration

  • Trouble making decisions

  • Sadness and crying

  • Appetite and sleep issues

  • A lack of interest in your baby

  • Irritation, anger or rage

  • Avoidance of family and friends

  • Constant feelings of being overwhelmed

  • Possible thoughts of harming yourself or running away from the situation

There are other symptoms. But I’ve listed the most common.

If you feel any of the above or other out-of-the ordinary feelings after two weeks of your delivery. contact your doctor immediately.

The good news…with professional help, postpartum depression is treatable and one can expect a full recovery.

Don’t hide your symptoms! If they continue let someone know and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Many women suffer postpartum depression.

So, it’s important to remember you’re not alone, you’re not crazy and soon you will be enjoying your child.

Have you suffered from postpartum depression? Would you like to share your story with us? You can send us an email at info@ItsItville.com.

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