What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression (also called PPD) is a kind of depression that some women get after having a baby. It's strong feelings of sadness, anxiety (worry) and tiredness that last for a long time after giving birth. These feelings can make it hard for you to take care of yourself and your baby.
Up to 1 in 7 women has PPD after giving birth. It's the most common complication for women who have just had a baby.
PPD can happen any time after childbirth. It often starts within 1 to 3 weeks of having a baby. It’s a medical condition that needs treatment to get better.
Here’s what you need to know about PPD:
It’s not your fault. You didn’t do anything to cause PPD. It doesn’t make you a bad person or a bad mother.
You are not alone. Many women have PPD.
Treatment can help you feel better. If you think you have PPD, tell your health care provider.
Get Rid of Unsupportive People
It may help to temporarily avoid or limit your time with people who blame you for your illness or don’t try to understand, as well as people who are judgmental or don’t support your treatment and recovery path. You need positive and supportive people on your side, so spend as much time with those people as possible. And even if you don’t find them among your friends and family, you will find them among the women who have been through these illnesses, so try and find a support group in your area.
The Best Postpartum Depression Blogs
Ivy’s PPD Blog
Ivy struggled with postpartum depression for months after the birth of her daughter in 2004. She dealt with misconceptions and even a lack of support from her doctor. Her blog is a place for her to advocate for postpartum mental health awareness. She also blogs about infertility, after her own struggles with being unable to conceive. Lately, she’s discussed the current political climate and what it means for women, mothers, and mental health.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society’s Blog
The Pacific Post Partum Support Society (PPPSS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1971. Their blog is a great place to find notes on self-care and the stressors of motherhood. Written in the voice of a supportive older sister, the words would be a comfort to any mother, but especially those experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety.
Postpartum Support International maintains a blog to support pregnant women and new mothers coping with the effects of mental distress, including PPD. Here, you’ll find posts on the mechanics of dealing with PPD, as well as updates on the organization’s community outreach efforts. There are opportunities to volunteer and even to learn how to help new moms and dads yourself. This organization is a wealth of resources, and their blog is the perfect place to find out all the ways in which they can help.
PPD Moms is a resource for mothers experiencing mental health symptoms following the birth of a child. Postpartum depression is the main topic here, but the site offers help to all, including a number to call when you need support right away. We like that the site explains the basics, including symptoms, treatment, and even a quiz.