The one thing nobody tells you about postpartum is…
postpartum depression (PPD) happens to
1 out of every 5 women.
That is 20% of the female population! Why is it such a taboo subject if it is so common?!
A great article that explains the symptoms perfectly can be found at this website. Postpartum Progress is INCREDIBLE! It not only has articles about PPD and anxiety, but it has women who actually tell their story. By reading these stories on the website, it gives you someone to relate to and help you realize that you are not alone.
The greatest thing I have learned is that this disease is SO different for everyone. Every brave mama I have met has had varying symptoms.
I have been reading a book called “and I will make thee whole” by Cedar Fort. A line in the book states:
“Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor
upbringing… it’s a flaw in brain chemistry (page 6).”
No… I do not struggle with PPD because I am not a good mom.
No… I do not struggle with PPD because I didn’t do the things I should’ve to prevent it.
No… I do not struggle with PPD because I hate my child.
No… I do not struggle with PPD because of some giant flaw in my character.
I struggle with PPD because somewhere when my hormone levels were all whacky after having my beautiful baby boy, those changes did not match up with my own, personal brain chemistry.
PS- If you are interested in reading the book I mentioned above, click this website to find it on Amazon (may contain affiliates, but all opinions are my own). It is such a good read. It has given me insight on the importance of a support system when dealing with mental health challenges.
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