Let’s talk about Mental Health
As I write this article I am less than 2 weeks away from giving birth which means that I could be one of the thousands of women that each year suffer from post partum depression. According to the Center for disease control, 11-20% of women who give birth each year have postpartum depression symptoms. However, as it is common for mental health concerns many are suffering without getting any support.
Some of the symptoms of postpartum depression include feeling sad, hopeless, crying more often than usual or for no apparent reason, worrying or feeling overly anxious, feeling moody, irritable, or restless, experiencing anger or rage, losing interest in activities, frequent headaches, stomach problems, and muscle pain, eating too little or too much, withdrawing from or avoiding friends and family, having trouble bonding or forming an emotional attachment with baby, persistently doubting her ability to care for her baby, thinking about harming yourself or the baby. Lately, famous women and influencers have disclosed that they suffered from postpartum depression and also admitted that they were too ashamed to tell anyone. Postpartum depression is caused by multiple factors including hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and is more common than what most people think. It is not your fault and it does not mean you do not love your baby. If you recently had a baby and think you may have postpartum depression don’t stay quiet ask for support from your loved ones and discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
Gigi Reyes, Licensed Professional Counselor