Postpartum depression and anxiety is very common and yet it still holds a stigmatism. The lack of sleep combined with the emotional and physical demands of motherhood is overwhelming! While its normal to undergo several emotional changes after having a baby, it’s also important to recognize the symptoms of postpartum anxiety and depression, which are serious but treatable mental health conditions. Postpartum depression is defined as depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue.

I was not clinically diagnosed with either one, however, I definitely think that I had some form of both. Thankfully I didn’t need any medication but I had to rely more on my support system for help. Sometimes, just little breaks and uninterrupted sleep will help, but, if the symptoms don’t subside or seem to get worse, it’s best to seek medical treatment and remember that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. It takes 10 months to grow a human, therefore once the baby is born you don’t just snap back to your usual self right away! If you or any moms that you know are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t be ashamed or embarrassed. Here is a list of symptoms that in hindsight I can say I suffered from at one point or another.

Unusual Anxiety
The feeling of being anxious for no apparent reason; the baby is safe and so are you yet you just can’t relax.

Hyper Sensitivity
An example of this is almost everything that your spouse says makes you really angry or emotional.

Uncontrollable Crying
Crying is normal especially when your hormones are out of whack, however if you find yourself crying often speak to someone and if it doesn’t get better over a couple of week talk to your physician.

Insomnia or Excessive Sleeping
I don’t think any mom suffers from excessive sleeping (LOL) but it can be a sign of depression. Insomnia is horrible! Sometimes your brain just won’t turn off and your thoughts keep racing keeping you from getting the much needed sleep that you desperately need!

Triggers For Postpartum
1. Lack of support
It really takes a village! Raising a child is not a one-man show! Support from friends, family members, a spouse etc is essential! If you have people who are willing to help…let them!
2. Extreme Fatigue
This is normal after having a baby but once the baby is sleeping you should be able to get some sleep unless your baby doesn’t sleep well. In that case switch off with your partner or someone in order to get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.
3. Extremely Overwhelmed
Thing should settle down after a while and you should develop your own routine; however if you are always overwhelmed talk to someone!
4. A History of Depression
Women who have a history of depression are more susceptible to postpartum depression.

Helpful Resources:

Postpartum Support International 1(800) 944-4773

National Suicide Prevention 1(800)273-8255

WellMama 1(800)896-0410

Baby Blues 1(866)616-3752

~Kristle….A monumental mom!

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