Postpartum Depression

Written by: Bettina Zágoni



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Something we don’t talk about but is more common that we would think

Becoming a mother is a deep mental, physical and emotional journey. It is okay if you feel being a new mom is hard but here are some signs that tell you if you might have postpartum depression:

Emotional and Mood Changes:

  • Feeling down, sad, or hopeless most of the day, even for weeks or months after childbirth
  • Frequent crying spells or feeling tearful for no apparent reason
  • Irritability, anger, or feeling easily annoyed
  • Anxiety and worry about your baby or yourself
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and unable to cope

Changes in Behavior and Thinking:

  • Difficulty making decisions or concentrating
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns (eating much more or less than usual, sleeping too little or too much)
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby (If you are experiencing these thoughts, please seek immediate help.)

Physical Symptoms:

  • Headaches, body aches, or muscle cramps
  • Changes in weight or appetite
  • Decreased energy or fatigue

It's important to note that not everyone experiences all of these symptoms, and some women may experience them differently. However, if you are experiencing five or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks, it's important to reach out for help.

Here's what you can do

  • Talk to your doctor: Be honest about how you're feeling. They can screen you for postpartum depression and develop a treatment plan.
  • Seek professional help: A therapist can provide you with support and guidance as you manage your symptoms.
  • Join a support group: Connecting with other moms who are going through similar experiences can be very helpful.
  • Talk to your partner, family, and friends: Let them know what you're going through and ask for their support.
  • Take care of yourself: Make time for activities that help you relax and feel good, even if it's just for a short time each day.

Remember, postpartum depression is a treatable condition. With help, you can feel better and enjoy this special time with your baby. In case you do not have postpartum depression but you need empowerment, mental and emotional support to cope with this new phas of life the Modern Goddess Postpartum and Motherhood Affirmation card decks can help and support you to find your strength in motherhood!