Postpartum Depression is something many women struggle with after giving birth. Postpartum depression, also known as postnatal depression, is a mood disorder associated with child birth. For those of you who know me personally know I have been battling my PPD with medicine since i was 9 months pregnant. Thats right, my doctors put me on medicine before my son was even born because of my increased risk of struggling with it.
If there is anything I could tell someone who is struggling with PPD it would be that you are not alone. I thought for the longest time that I was fighting alone and that I would live with this disorder for the rest of my life, I was wrong. I had multiple people there for me the whole time and I just didn’t see it. From friends and family all the way to doctors and nurses. They wanted to help in anyway they could. Below I’m going to list what helps me with my PPD.
- Make a goal for the day and stay focused on it. Even if its something as simple as making sure to eat 3 meals.
- Take a 10 minute break when you need it. If you need a break before you have a panic attack then take the break. You can put your child in the crib and walk outside the bedroom for a minute to regain your composure, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
- Do one thing each day that makes you happy. If you can find one good thing each day that makes you happy, then you are doing better than most people already.
- Talk with someone you trust. Talking to someone can really help. It doesn’t even have to be about Postpartum Depression. It can be about absolutely anything and it could take your mind off of it for a few minutes.
Below are two phone numbers for USA hotlines that you can call if you need to talk to someone as well. In addition to those two phone numbers, my inbox is always open through my contact page or through any of my social media.
- Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255
- Parental Stress:1-800-632-8188
Postpartum Depression is difficult, no doubt. However I fully believe that if we talk about it and help the women around us then we can overcome this disorder.