Baby Blues and Postpartum

My mom just thought I had the baby blues. Granted, I didn’t keep her in the loop on what I was going through, but that’s another story. The fact is, baby blues set in just about immediately after birth. Mothers find they don’t bond immediately with their baby, they cry a lot, and other symptoms. Here’s the thing: baby blues comes right after giving birth and goes away within the first two weeks postpartum.

Postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, and in rarer (but no less important) cases, psychosis, also known as PPMDs (Postpartum Mood Disorders) can strike without warning, or they can give you plenty or warning. They can start out as baby blues and not go away. They can show up during pregnancy (antepartum) or after birth (postpartum). They can start right away after birth, but they also have the whole first year postpartum to present themselves (I developed symptoms roughly 2 months postpartum and I had no baby blues). They can go away quickly or it can take months or years to slog through it.

These illnesses can also strike more people than you would think. Men (to a lesser, but again, no less important) can develop the illness. Any mother, regardless of how many children she has had before or if she had PPD with other children, can develop it. Adoptive parents, parents who suffer a miscarriage or a stillborn child. These illnesses are widespread and affect people worldwide.

Regardless, anyone who suffers from these illnesses needs love, hope, compassion, understanding, and support, as well as a good therapist (licensed, yes, but also a good fit for the person suffering). They do NOT need guilt, anger, admonishment, abadonment, and to be told to “just get over it.” The depth to which these illnesses can cripple a person is not to be taken lightly and can’t be “gotten over” like a cold. It takes time, support, and sometimes medication (I was and still am to a large degree anti-medication, but I’ve taken medication for the past 3 years and combined with therapy, has saved my sanity).

Please get help, for yourself or someone you know, because it’s needed and you are NOT alone.

For more information, please visit Postpartum Progress. It has saved me in so many ways and Katherine Stone is amazing!

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