Whether you are a fresh new momma (Congrats), or a seasoned mom with a litter of kids, postpartum depression is real; and I want to be the first to say it’s okay to NOT be okay.
What is Postpartum Depression (PPD)?
Long story made short, PPD is a wave of depression after child birth.
How do I know if I have PPD?
Below are some common symptoms to be on the lookout for:
- Mood Swings
- Crying Spells
- Loss of interest in things you would normally enjoy
- Trouble bonding with baby
- Thoughts of suicide, or self harm
If one or more of these is you, hey girl, me too! You are not alone. I did NOT bond with my daughter right out of the gate. I cried and mourned the loss of my old life. I felt detached and selfish. I found myself consistently feeling ashamed of the way that I felt.
AND NOW FIVE STEPS TO TAKE NOW TO TACKLE POSTPARTUM ONCE AND FOR ALL !
Step One: Admitting
Acknowledging you have a problem sounds so simple, but it’s not. It’s easy to come up with excuses and playing PPD off. I used to say it was the lack of sleep that was making me crazy. If one or more symptoms applies to you, take a serious look at yourself today
Step Two: Consult your doctor
Make that phone call! Set up an appointment, and be honest with your doctor. Every symptom that may feel embarrassing or shameful, disclose them. They’ve heard it before, and they understand! I promise. If not for you, do it for your little one. You and your baby deserve the very best version of you that you can be.
Step Three: Find Your Support
Your support system could be your husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, coworkers, or immediate family! Find the people around you who love you most, and tell them you’re struggling. Lean on your tribe. Venting about your frustrations, and opening up about your troubles will be a huge weight off your shoulders.
Step Four: Be Selfish
Yup. I said it. Take that time for yourself momma. Drink that coffee, read a book, go see a movie, do whatever you need to do to decompress. Go do something for you, and soon! It’s so easy to accept ‘mom’ as your new identity, and losing track of yourself. Reconnect with yourself.
I say this from personal experience, you have nothing to be sorry for, or ashamed of! Grab the help you need today and snuggle your baby tight, it goes by quick. Following these steps helped make me the best mom I could be.