Thanks to the honesty of stars such as Brooke Shields, Hayden Panettiere, and Drew Barrymore, postpartum depression (PPD) now shows up more in the news. While the increased discussion is great, many moms still may not understand what the disorder is and how it can affect them.

PPD is a mood disorder that affects mothers in the weeks and months after the birth of a baby. Normal baby blues – the hormonal shift after birth that results in crying, uneasiness, and mood swings – should dissipate within two weeks. After that point, any lingering, worsening, or drastic changes in mood may indicate that a woman is experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or another perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. Additionally, while perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can start after that initial hormonal shift, PPD can start any time during the baby’s first year. (Jenna Hatfield)

If you believe that you are suffering from PPD, please reach out to someone you can trust and speak to them about what you are experiencing. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Every mom goes through dark days when it seems like we will never see the light again, especially soon after childbirth. And that is OK… Sometimes we just need a hand to hold through it all, and a kind ear to listen to our story!

Facts & Figures of PPD

Postpartum Depression: Facts and Figures
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Signs & Symptoms of PPD

Postpartum Depression: Know the Signs and Symptoms
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Tips on Coping with PPD

Postpartum Depression: Coping Techniques
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Finally. Parenting is not easy! It is the most difficult (yet rewarding!) job on the face of this planet. Moms need an award for just getting up in the morning! Whatever we are feeling, we are doing a great job! PPD can be dealt with!