Real Relationship Advice
Postpartum Depression is very real. My own experience pales at what I have seen as a clinician. My experience of PPD occurred after my last baby. I had no feelings of joy or happiness. I was terrified every moment of every day. The thoughts that ran through my head went from the typical parental fears to such severe perseverations of death and dismemberment that I feared being alone with the baby. Some women are blessed to never go through this. Some women go through milder forms of PPD and some even worse.
If you are pregnant, know the signs.
If you think you are experiencing Postpartum Depression, reach out now. Tell your family. Call your OB GYN. You are not alone.
I went through PPD after my daughter was born. It was definitely something I wasn't prepared for during my pregnancy, in fact, I don't remember hearing much about it at all. That was almost 10 years ago, and the awareness has increased since then, and so have the way for moms to get support and help. That is a really good thing.