Postpartum depression is a very real illness that affects thousands of women in the United States each year.

When it comes time to bring a new baby home, many mothers experience feelings of sadness and a general sense of panic as they struggle to keep up with all the new responsibilities of newborn care.

What happens when the usual stress of becoming a new mom becomes something far worse?

It’s important for new moms suffering from postpartum depression to realize they have incredible resources available to them and that they should not be ashamed to discuss their symptoms and seek help.

The Spectrum of Support

Peer support groups create an outlet for women suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety to discuss their experience with women who can relate. Support groups welcome mothers in all postpartum stages, creating a safe environment to turn to for help.

Medical professionals offer a outlet for women suffering from symptoms of anxiety and depression allowing them to manage their mental and physical health.

Even if you’re simply feeling stressed, a therapist is a fantastic resource to keep you thinking clearly and managing your feelings in the most constructive way possible.

Baby Blues

The baby blues are common in new moms and usually appear within the first week of bringing home baby. Being stressed and overwhelmed is a natural response. No two symptoms are the same and sometimes the baby blues don’t go away, they just get worse.

Your body is trying to restore it’s hormone balance. 

Placenta encapsulation offers some relief to this hormonal imbalance and can boost your body’s oxytocin levels, battling the baby blues.

When Women Can’t Escape

When mothers suffering from postpartum depression, feel trapped, and are too ashamed to seek the help they need, they choose self harm and suicide to remedy the pain they are feeling.

It’s heartbreaking when mothers feel so overwhelmed by their depression that they take their own lives, falling victim to social stigmas that keep women from getting the help they need.

Postpartum depression is a real illness and it’s causing real damage.

No mother should feel as if there is no way out. 

It never becomes “too late” to seek help to break free from the debilitating effects of postpartum depression or “too early” to learn about where to find help if you ever need it.

World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th is an upcoming milestone for recovering PPD victims to acknowledge their healing progress and raise awareness for postpartum depression, resources for help, and the ways thousands of women succumb to their suffering.

Destroy the stigmas surrounding mental illness and PPD. 

Seek help. Give help. 

 

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