Postpartum depression affects 1 in 7 women the first year following birth.
For many moms that struggle with postpartum depression, there are many reasons why we don’t speak up about our postpartum depression– I say “we” because I know all too well about hiding my postpartum depression.
My postpartum depression story.
After my second son was born, my experience was completely different. I felt very depressed and not myself– but why? I Googled postpartum depression so many times and read a ton about it…yet, I still couldn’t bring myself to reach out for help.
In this article that was featured in Scary Mommy, I open up for the very first time about my battle with PPD.
We all have our reasons
We all have our own reasons why we don’t speak up about postpartum depression. Below I listed 20 reasons why moms don’t speak up about postpartum depression.
1. We feel like bad mothers.
2. We have so much guilt.
I know all about the mom-guilt. I talk about it here in Scary Mommy.
3. People will think that we don’t love our baby.
4. We think that it will go away.
5. We listen to our family or friends say that it’s just the baby blues.
6. We feel like nobody will understand.
You are certainly not alone in your postpartum depression.
7. We don’t want to burden anyone with our problems.
8. We feel like we can handle it all.
We are the mother and we feel like we are supposed to keep it together for our family.
9. We fear that our children will be taken away.
10. We don’t want to be labeled as crazy.
11. We believe that these feelings are our new normal.
We hear other mamas talk about how motherhood is an emotional and over-whelming experience, so when these feelings surface, we think that this is our new normal.
12. We don’t know how to reach out.
Most of the time, we simply do not know how to make that first step in asking for help.
Here are some great online resources that can help:
13. We don’t want to be loved any less.
14. We want acceptance.
In a society where mental illness is a stigma, we just want to be accepted.
15. We’re in denial.
16. We just want to be that picture-perfect mom that does every-thing right.
17. This was what we wanted, so we’re not supposed to feel depressed.
We wanted to be a mama. We wanted to have babies. So, we’re not supposed to feel depressed. Why should we?
18. Everyone keeps telling us that we’re so blessed…making us feel even worse for our depression.
19. You don’t want your partner to love you any less.
You’re afraid of what your partner will think of you– what if he/she stops loving you because of your postpartum depression?
20. You didn’t have it with a previous child and you feel absolutely guilty.
I know this all too well because I didn’t have PPD with my first son…but I did have PPD with my second.
There can be many reasons why moms don’t speak up about postpartum depression. If you have postpartum depression and you can relate to a few or even all of these reasons, I want to tell you– you’re not alone!
Can you relate to me, mama? I would love to hear what your reason for not speaking up about postpartum depression is… leave it in the comments below or shoot me a message.