The One Thing Nobody Tells You About Postpartum

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.

  Kaitlyn

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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8 Comments

  • Jessica Thames

    January 10, 2017

    Thanks so much for sharing such a personal and uplifting posts for recent moms! I know a lot of women who have felt like they had PPD because they weren’t a ‘good mom’ and it’s really disheartening to watch, let alone experience. Wonderful post- thanks for being the voice telling them it’s OK! 🙂

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    • Kaitlyn Brough

      January 10, 2017

      Thank you for reading my post, Jessica. It is so hard to watch so many mamas think that when in all reality they are such a good mom because they care so much!

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  • Kristin

    January 10, 2017

    Thanks for spreading awareness! I know for me, I weaned my son from breastfeeding when he turned one and THEN experienced PPD. It was rough and it was even harder because most of my friends and family didn’t believe that it could be the baby blues (because it was so long after he was born).

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    • Kaitlyn Brough

      January 10, 2017

      Isn’t it crazy that that can happen?! Our hormones just throw everything out of whack. I am sorry that no one believed you, it is so hard when you don’t have the support that you need!

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  • Liz Wilcox

    January 10, 2017

    Just found your blog. PPD can be so scary. I struggled alone for too long. I still have dark days after 2 years, but I just try to remember “hormones…chemical imbalance…” Keep writing and reaching out to others!
    This is my story http://www.mamabearmartin.com/minimalism-saved-motherhood/ (not my blog, a guest post so no spam/shameless plugging, just trying to share.)

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    • Kaitlyn Brough

      January 10, 2017

      Thank you for sharing your story Liz! I really believe that we can help other women who are going through the same thing. Dark days I think may always happen, but it is the fact that you get back up and keep going.

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  • This is such a good post! Every pregnant woman (an everyone else for that matter!) should know these things about PPD!

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    • Kaitlyn Brough

      January 10, 2017

      I totally agree. It is so helpful to be educated. I am grateful I knew what I did so I was able to recognize the warning signs so quickly. There are a lot of women that go months, or even years, without recognizing these signs!

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