When I started Real Moms Talk, I knew right away that I wanted to discuss PPD and Baby Blues. What I didn’t know was what an overwhelming response I would get from women wanting to share their stories. Today, we have an interview with Misty Eilar from Adventures As a Wife and Mommy. Misty is talking about her experience with PPD. I am so grateful that Misty was willing to openly share with us! My hope in doing this interview (and others to come) is that women facing postpartum depression, baby blues and other maternal mental health concerns will know that: 1) they are not alone, 2) there is no shame and 3) they can reach out. I hope you will share Misty’s interview with anyone you think it could help.
Before we get to the interview, I want to share some basic information about PPD:
It is not uncommon for women to experience feelings of worry, fatigue and sadness after giving birth. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, about half of mothers are affected by these feelings in the first few days after having a baby (most commonly between days 2 and 5, postpartum). The term for this is Baby Blues and it will generally go away within a couple of weeks. Baby Blues and Postpartum depression (PPD) are not one in the same. The feelings with PPD are more intense and last much longer. PPD is a clinical depression. Approximately 15% of mothers get PPD each year in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms of PPD are similar to that of depression but may also include:
- Crying more often than usual
- Feelings of anger
- Withdrawing from loved ones
- Extreme worry about your baby or feeling distant from your baby
- Worrying that you will hurt your baby
- Feeling guilty about not being a good parent or doubting your ability to care for your baby
(Above information taken from the CDC website.)
If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.
Interview with Misty Eilar:
- Were you diagnosed with postpartum depression? Yes, I was diagnosed at about 5 months postpartum. My husband made me go because he was worried.
- What were the symptoms you experienced? I was sad, depressed, anxious, irritated all the time, and couldn’t handle anything. I noticed my sadness first.
- How long after having your baby did you notice PPD symptoms? I noticed them at about 3 months, but I was dealing with C-Diff at the time and really didn’t think about it much.
- Was there a specific event that caused you to seek help? I was finally relatively healthy from C-Diff and was still feeling off for some reason.
- Did you confide in anyone before going seeing a doctor? I confided in my Husband and my friend, Anne.
- Did you have any guilt or shame associated with your diagnosis? No not at all. It is somewhat common and I already had Anxiety issues before.
- What did you do to recover? I am on Zoloft and I have people to talk to when I need it.
- What advice would you give to a woman that thinks she may have PPD? Please be honest and ask for help. There is nothing to be ashamed of.
- What advice would you give to a woman who has been diagnosed with PPD? Work at getting better. There is no quick fix. If you do take medication, please talk with your doctor before you decide to go off of it.
I am a mommy of a wonderful 15 month old girl named Annabel. My husband Brandon and I are going on our 5th wedding anniversary. I am a stay at home mom and blogger. My main focus of my blog is mommy, DIY and Saving Money. I also do product and book reviews. I don’t do it for the money (I don’t make any). I do it just to spread my love, life and knowledge with everyone.
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