We know that 1 in 9 women will experience postpartum depression, it is much more common than many realize. We also know that approximately 6% of pregnant women and 10% of postpartum women develop anxiety. Sometimes they experience anxiety alone, and sometimes they experience it in addition to depression (postpartum international). Some of the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety are:
Anxious, Sad, or “Empty” Feeling
Feelings of Guilt or Worthlessness
Irritability, Anger or Restlessness
Loss of Interest in Hobbies or Activities
Feeling Disconnected from your baby
Withdrawing from loved ones
Feelings of Self Harm or Suicide
With both PPD and PPA, the signs and symptoms will vary by person. You do not have to be feeling all of these things, to have postpartum depression or anxiety. If anyone of these feelings is affecting your quality of life, please reach out for help.
Dads and PPD
Did you know that dads can experience postpartum depression and anxiety too? Anywhere between 2-25% of dads have reported depression in the first year of their child’s life. This rate can increase by up to 50% when the mother is also experiencing PPD. You can read more about how Postpartum Mood Disorders can affect dads here
Essential Oils (please check with your dr and a certified aroma therapist before using)
Supplements (please check with you Dr. before adding any supplements to your diet)
Deep Breathing Exercising
Writing Down Feelings/Journaling
Repeating Positive Affirmations
Taking A Nap
These are all just suggestions. Some may work for you, some may not, and you may have found something, not on this list that works for you.
Please know that you do not have to suffer alone. Talk to your Dr. or Lactation Professional for local resources. If you have no one to talk to, please email our lactation team at [email protected] for assistance in finding a local provider.
Reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.