After carrying their babies for months, new mothers should be excited to finally meet their little ones. But according to a study, 15% of women struggle to find joy in being mothers due to postpartum depression (PPD). This is linked to the rapid drop in hormones after delivery. Since it is dangerous for this depression to be left untreated, sometimes it is up to the people around these women to pick up on these symptoms and call for help.
We want that we all look carefully at new mothers, to see if they are showing signs of postpartum depression before it’s too late.
1. They constantly doubt that they can be a good mother.
“Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom.” — Serena Williams
Every good mother worries about whether or not they are doing everything they can for their babies. But if you know a new mom who seems to always doubt her ability to be a good enough mother, she may be suffering from depression. She might think she’s a failure and that her presence isn’t needed in the world.
2. They withdraw from family and friends.
“My husband did an amazing job pushing me to not give up communicating.” — reddit user
Someone who is going through postpartum depression might clam up and shut down, even from their loved ones. They might feel like they can’t open up to anyone because they’ll be labelled a bad mother or that their baby will be taken away. It’s already hard for them to accept how they’re feeling, they’d think that surely others could not possibly understand them any better.