1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression according to a study of 10,000 mothers with newborns. Postpartum depression is a type of depression that mothers may get after having a baby due to hormone changes and stress. It also may be more likely to occur if the mother has a history of depression.
Postpartum depression can start anytime during your baby’s first year, but it is more common to feel the effects during the first 3 weeks after birth. You may feel sad, hopeless and guilty because you may not feel like you want to bond and/or care for your newborn.
The diagnosis of postpartum depression can only come from a doctor, but if you think you may have it, it is best to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe you antidepressants and guide you by referencing a therapist who can help you talk about your worries without any judgment.
It is important to take care of yourself when going through postpartum depression, but it is also common for your relationship to take a toll during these hard times. However, it does not mean that it is the end of your relationship.
Although you may be feeling depressed and if it is obvious that something is not right, your partner may not notice it at hand. Talk to your partner and let them know how you are feeling, let them help you as much as they can. Not only will it make them aware of how you are feeling, but it also gives them the opportunity to give you as much support as they possibly can.
The both of you will be aware of your depression and will be able to work together to get past these hard times. Spending time together may also help. Instead of taking turns to take care of your newborn, you both should take care of your newborn together.
Not only will this make it easier on each other, but it will also help you and your partner feel as if you are connecting because of your baby. You both will be creating beautiful memories that will overall help you see how joyous life is with your baby. It will also hopefully evade any stress you may be feeling by giving you something positive to focus on.
The first step before anything is to see your doctor and talk to a trained therapist. These two will help you through your struggle and help you surpass your depression. Seeing a therapist will also help you in finding out why you may be feeling depressed and how you can overcome it.
During your depression, it is always important to remember that you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. Try to stay positive and do not shut yourself out from those who are the closest to you. As much as you need them, they need you too and they are there to fully support you along the way. Overall it will strengthen your relationship for any future challenges.