Hi and welcome beautiful mama!
If you’re like me, you see websites with so much to offer. Don’t get me wrong, that’s great, but a little overwhelming. Especially if you’re a new time mom or just a mom struggling with postpartum anxiety. So I’m going to walk you through exactly what you need to do, whether you’re still trying to figure out you have it, or you’re looking for answers on how to manage it all naturally. If you’re looking for answers, you can probably skip ahead.
Do You Have PPD?
Believe it or not, there’s a lot of confusion about PPD in the medical industry, so it’s no wonder that you may be confused too! In fact, I didn’t know I had it until my daughter was almost 2 years old.
Here’s the definition of postpartum depression:
Depression that lasts longer than 2 weeks, that includes:
- trouble sleeping even when baby is sleeping
- feeling sad, hopeless, or overwhelmed
- you might feel anxious or panicky
- not feeling connected to the baby
- thinking the family would be better off without her
- isolating from friends and family
- unexplained anger or irritability
- fearing you might harm yourself or your baby
- fearing being alone
- fear of leaving the house
- difficulty concentrating
- feelings of guilt
It only takes 5 of these symptoms to qualify for postpartum depression. The symptoms will range from person to person.
The simplest thing you can do is go to your doctor. If you’re feeling bad or are experiencing some symptoms, go to the doctor for more clarification. Family medical clinics as well as pediatric clinics will support moms with getting a diagnosis as well. If you’re not convinced with the answer your doctor gave you, there are some questionnaires you can find online to help you understand further:
A great documentary that I highly recommend watching is When the Bough Breaks. We have the producer, Lindsey Lipton Gerszt as our first guest interview on the Natural Postpartum Podcast, early 2018. Get on the wait list to get notified when it goes live!
One last thing, postpartum depression is often used as an umbrella term for all maternal mental health disorders. So if the symptoms mentioned above aren’t quite right, but you still feel off, you could be suffering with something else. Other disorders to be aware of are:
- Postpartum Anxiety
- Postpartum OCD
- Postpartum Psychosis
- Panic Disorders
What I Can Do For You
My friend and co-host to the Natural Postpartum Support Podcast, Dr. Danielle Jenkins, PsyD., did a dissertation on how to prevent PPD and came up with support being one of the biggest preventers. Going to local play dates and such can be a bit intimidating early on in your journey. I welcome you to join my Natural Postpartum Support Facebook group. It’s a fun, supportive online community designed to bring you happiness through nutrition and mindset. Featuring guest experts, food hacks, inspirational videos, and more. This group is your ultimate self-care.
Lastly, I have a PPD Root Cause Assessment. Through my journey and my certification as a holistic health coach, I have learned that depression is more than just that. It’s not the final answer, it’s fact it’s a clue to something bigger. And most moms are dealing with it because, birth is such a traumatic experience! Yes it can be traumatic in a sense that it was stressful, but I’m also talking about how tough it is on the body. Hormones are all over the place and certain viruses feed on these hormones. Take the assessment to find out what the root cause of your depression is so you can heal it once and for all!