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Post- Natal Depression. A happy mom is the best mom!

Thule Sleek
11th April 2019

Post- Natal Depression. A happy mom is the best mom!

Hi Mamas!

This month being Mother’s “Month we decided to turn things around and talk about YOU and how you are doing, because a happy mom is the best mom!

We will touch on the somewhat taboo subject of post-partum depression; it’s causes, symptoms, ways to deal with it and where to get local help. This is a common occurrence and most mums don’t have the support system to deal with it or even acknowledge it and seek help.

Before we go any further we need you to know that this is an opinion piece and should you feel as if you may be struggling we encourage you to contact a qualified medical professional for further information.

Being a new mom, you will face many challenges while getting used to life with a newborn. Lack of sleep, new responsibilities and nursing may all take a toll on your body and mind. Post birth baby blues happens to many moms due to hormonal changes however there is a deeper, emotional, ongoing pain that is referred to as postpartum depression.

We get the chance to interact with moms like you daily as well as their support systems. We have had many a genuinely concerned husband or parent confidently chat to us about this issue and their desperation for help for their wife or daughter who won’t acknowledge she is in a “hole” where she needs to get some help.  It is heartbreaking watching someone you love hurting.

What Really is Post-Natal Depression?

This is a severe form of clinical depression induced by pregnancy and childbirth. As we have been doing our research into this, we have come to find that it is more way common that you think! 1 in 7 Mums get postpartum depression…

 “The very damaging, frightening part of postpartum is the lack of perspective and the lack of priority and understanding what is really important” – Brooke Shields

What are the causes?

  1.  Your hormone levels rise when you’re pregnant but after your baby is born, they drop very suddenly. This quick change can trigger depression in women, almost like being moody before your period because of the hormones, but this is on a much larger scale.
  2. Do you have a history of depression? If you’ve had depression before, or it runs in your family, you may be more likely to develop postpartum depression.
  3. The condition is also more common among women with money issues, problems with drugs or alcohol, or other big sources of stress.
  4. Very young women who aren’t emotionally prepared to care for or support a baby are also at risk.

What are the symptoms of post-natal depression?

  1. Constant feelings of sadness.
  2. Loss of interest in daily activities.
  3. Battling to sleep even when the babe is sleeping or you are exhausted.
  4. Difficulty concentrating and making decisions.
  5. Low self-confidence.
  6. Not eating or poor appetite.
  7. Agitation and/or apathy.
  8. A deep sense of guilt.
  9. A loved one’s genuine concern for your state of unhappiness.

Treatment:

The good news is that postnatal depression can be treated – it is a temporary illness that you CAN recover from. The treatment is likely to depend on how severe your depression is. We suggest visiting your doctor and explaining how you are feeling so that it can be diagnosed and treated properly with the correct medication for your body. Be sure to let your doctor know if you are nursing so that the medication you take does not interfere. Seeing a phycologist is also a brilliant way to manage your postpartum depression and recognize your underlying negative thoughts and how to combat those.

Mums, we definitely aren’t doctors so we suggest doing some further research if any of the above is hitting home. Here are some helpful links: https://bit.ly/2ZYFG6i

For support which is very important in recovery, follow the link: www.pndsa.org.za/

We hope that this blog post was informative and will guide you in the right direction if postnatal depression is something you are dealing with. We also hope this serves as a reminder to look after the new Mums and offer support where needed. Be real with each other and don’t feel you need to act like you got it all together all the time. Motherhood is not easy 😉

Please let us know if you have any suggestions, comments or experiences with postpartum depression. The more we speak of this the more we can help other Mums!

We hope that everyone has a stunning month and an even better Mother’s Day, because moms really are SUPERHEROS!

Much love,

The Phrog Team

Xxx

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