When baby blues become postpartum depression

Today we are tackling a tough subject, postpartum depression. Up to 80% (babycenter.com) of new mothers will experience Baby Blues, and up to 20% (CDC) will experience postpartum depression. If you are a parent expecting multiples, your risk is even greater due to the extra stress. However, it should be noted that accurate statistics are difficult to nail down because many do not report out of fear or shame. As new parents in Cleveland, Modern Baby Nurse is here to provide you with nonjudgmental support and resources for postpartum depression. We want to do all we can to help you begin to feel better. In this blog, we will be discussing what to do when the baby blues becomes postpartum depression.

 

Differentiating the Two

It can be quite difficult to determine when the baby blues becomes postpartum depression. The biggest way to determine if this transition has happened is to consider the duration that symptoms have been present. Baby blues symptoms will go away after two weeks while PPD can last up to a year.  If symptoms persist beyond a year, it is classified as regular depression at that point.

 

Get professional help

If the baby blues becomes postpartum depression for you or someone you care about, seek out professional help. PPD is not something to be ashamed of because many women experience it.  Without talking about it, it is very difficult to get the help that you may need promptly. You can talk to your OB, pediatrician, or reach out to a therapist directly.  All of them are willing and able to help because they are on your side. Often times new parents with PPD feel better quickly with the help of talk therapy and/or medication. When seeking out someone to talk to about how you are feeling, try to find someone who specializes in PPD or new parent adjustment.

 

Be gentle with yourself

For those whose baby blues become postpartum depression, it is important that they are handled delicately with care and compassion. Mothers with PPD often find a way to blame themselves for they way they are feeling. They may also question or agonize over why they have PPD. It is critical to remember that you are worthy of seeking help and that you matter. It is also a good idea to remind yourself that there is a light at the end of this tunnel.

 

Ways to prevent postpartum depression

Enlisting the help of a Modern Baby Nurse doula or Newborn Care Specialist helps to relieve a lot of the stress and ensures you have time to care for yourself, which is vital in ways to prevent postpartum depression. Many studies have shown that if you are well rested, you are less likely to get PPD so take advantage of overnight care services or postpartum doula care during the day. If you have a history of depression, it is wise to start therapy during your pregnancy. Being proactive will help you remain balanced and avoid sinking into the abyss of depression. Finally, having a good support system in place will help hold you up when times are hard.  You don’t have to do this alone so remember to keep family and friends close.

We love this quote from Clyde W. LeFevre, “Hope is never lost…only found…” Remember it’s okay to not be okay but don’t give up in the midst of it.  In seeking out help and taking positive healing action, hope can be restored.

 

Resources

  • PPD Warm Line – A toll-free number that anyone can call to get information, support, and resources concerning PPD.

  • Postpartum Progress – this blog exists to raise awareness, fight the stigmas associated with PPD, and provide peer support as well as programming for women suffering from PPD.

  • Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms (POEM) Cleveland: This no cost, Cleveland, postpartum depression group that provides support for anxiety, depression, and other issues that arise during pregnancy and postpartum.