“I got a message a few weeks ago from user Shani M. asking if I’ve experienced Post-Partum Depression, or PPD as it is commonly called,” Tamera writes. “I’m so glad she asked, because it’s a topic that I think a lot of mommas need to know more about!”
“I was so worried that I was going to get it because I have experienced depression before, and let me just tell you that it is no fun at all (obviously),” she continues. “It’s a very scary situation to go through, and I was especially worried about going through it again after having Aden. Luckily, I didn’t get it – but, I did do enough research to feel like I would be prepared if I did. I wanted to share that with you since I know there are mommies out there who have been asking for advice.”
She goes on to talk about the difference between PPD and the baby blues.
“First, do your research,” she says. “Know that there is a difference between PPD and “baby blues” – baby blues are normal and 50-80% of moms experience them. The symptoms are mild, with some ups and downs, weepiness and stress after the baby is born. Remember though, baby blues only last about two weeks after delivery! Anything longer is considered PPD. If you do think you have PPD, educate yourself on the issue. Knowing if you’re showing symptoms or at risk can help you be prepared if it arrives, and soften the blow.”
The Sister, Sister star says it’s important to have a strong support system.
“Second, if you do have PPD, build up a support system to be there for you,” she adds. “Believe me, you will need them! Your spouse and friends will be the key to getting through this – and you will, I know it. Just make sure to get in touch with a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in the field if you suspect you have PPD. He or she will be able to give you a roadmap to recovery, with sleep and nutrition plans and physical and emotional support.”
And she recommends medication if you are struggling.
“Third, talk to your specialist about medicine,” she continues. “There natural remedies that have been shown to be effective like fish oil and Vitamin B, but sometimes you need prescription medicine to do the trick. It completely depends on the individual woman and her own needs. Just make sure to let your psychiatrist know if you are breastfeeding so you don’t get recommended something that may affect the quality of your breast milk.”
In closing, Tamera wants you to know you are not alone.
“Last of all, know that you are not alone! PPD is not “weird” and you are not a loser or considered “weak” if you get it,” she writes. “Around 20% of women experience PPD – it’s the most common postpartum mood disorder and affects around 1 in 7 mommies in the world. If you think you have PPD, just do your research, surround yourself with loved ones, and find a good specialist who will be able to help you get through it. You deserve to be happy and your baby deserves a healthy mommy!”
For more on PPD, check out our spinoff site HerScoop and one woman’s brave journey through postpartum depression.