5 Myths About Postpartum Depression

February 15, 2017

Postpartum Depression is something that any mother can experience. During pregnancy and after childbirth, there are plenty of things to worry about. Being a mother, you have a lot of stuff going on in your mind. As most of it can put stress on your mind, thus, you may experience PPD. Whenever there is any problem, you are likely to hear people talking about it. Sometimes, myth can really take over the facts, and this seems to be the case with PPD. Here we will unveil to you 5 things about PPD that are myth and the facts behind it.

PPD is rare

It is a common perception that PPD is a rare problem. Almost everyone was believing it until the latest study came in Journal of the American Medical Association Phychiatry. According to the studies, one among every seven women experiences PPD. However, the severity level differs. We do not feel that it due to the fact that many women fail to observe the symptoms and diagnose the changes in themselves.

PPD occurs after birth

Ladies usually think that PPD only occurs after a few months of labor. But if you will look at the facts, you will see that it can occur anytime from early pregnancy stages to as long as a year after childbirth. People believe this myth because most of the woman goes through depression a few weeks after baby’s birth. The level of their worries increases as they become more cautious regarding their newborn. According to experts, most of the caretakers give false advice to women that suffer from Postpartum Depression late after child’s birth. Moreover, what makes it worse is the fact that its diagnosis is really a tough ask.

PPD leaves you after a while

Probably the biggest reason why people do not pay heed to PPD is that they think it will leave a lady after some time. Therefore, they neither worry about symptoms nor see the experts for diagnosis and treatment. There are mainly two types of mental illnesses that a woman may go through while she is pregnant or after child’s birth. One is baby blues, which is a term that expert use for referring to anxiety, hormonal changes and stress. Mostly, it is as a result of lack of sleep and is less severe.

The second type of depressions that a woman may suffer is known as the Postpartum Depression. It is similar to baby blues but the sadness, stress and anxiety is taken to a next level. If the problem stays for long, the couple can have difficulties. The cures of PPD are available but requires proper medical attention.

Staying positive will keep PPD away from you

If you think that staying positive will keep PPD away from you, you may wish to change your thoughts. It is a common myth, and as the stuff is relevant to depression and mental problems, people think that staying positive can prevent it. It is not necessary that such things will keep the problem away from you. But surely, the severity of the problem will become low, and you may be able to overcome it on your own. A good sleep with a positive mind and better mood will take away the stress from your mind.

The uncontrollable crying due to PPD

If people see a lady crying too much after baby birth or the element of sadness appears prominent in her eyes, they start associating it with PPD. While certain ladies do cry due to Postpartum Depression, always associating it with the problem may not be a wise move. Experts suggest that a woman is likely to have low mood, clear anxiety and worry along with lack of sleep. Moreover, there might be a feeling of guilty lying somewhere in her heart and mind. The guilty is usually of being not enjoying the motherhood and responsibility of a child.

Why you need to overcome PPD

If you are going through PPD, your relationship is in danger. You will fail to develop a strong bond with your child and the desire to spend time with your spouse will decrease. Moreover, the element of romance and sting of love might go missing from you depending on your condition. Thus, you need to pay special attention to yourself.

Always stay positive and try your best. Keep your head high for the upcoming responsibility. The bond between mother and child is full of love, care and friendship. It is just matter of time before things will fall in right place. As PPD can put an impact on your relationship, therefore, you should look for cute things to say to your husband. This will keep the taste of love and romance alive!


Bio: Susy Richards is a lovely mother of 3 girls (3 years, 4 years and 5) and a simple woman who is ready to share her priceless experience with other mommies around the world. She is an Advanced Practice Provider who passed birth doula and postpartum doula courses at Childbirth International in 2013. Susy is passionate about providing holistic care and is involved in pregnancy research currently publishing her articles concerning pregnancy on site rocketparents.com

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