So glad that Hayden Panettiere is a voice for all the women that had and are having postpartum depression. It is real and some people think, just shake it off. You will be fine in a week or so. Well guess what that is not the case, because I know for a fact that it is real. I didn’t realize that I had it until later on, didn’t know there was such a thing. Everyone just said it will be alright you just had a baby and everything is new for you. I probably carried this around for a whole year, in which that time a terrible accident with a drunk driver happened. A head on collision with my 1 year old baby in the car, my aunt and two Siberian Huskies. This is something I wish upon no one.
Luckily in a not so lucky event, I was diagnosed with depression. I didn’t want to eat, just wanted to stay in bed and had a lot of anxiety attacks. But I forced myself out of bed and took care of my 1 year old son and of course the rest of the family. I did get help with doctors, family, and friends. It was a long process, but my passion of sewing and creativity (which is how my business was born), attending a MOPS Group, my faith and family helped me through the process of healing. Thank God I was blessed with a wonderful husband that stood by me through out the whole process. I couldn’t have done it without him.
A great resource for me was Brooke Shields book Down Came the Rain, which was her personal journeys about post postpartum depression. This gave me the light bulb moment of the self diagnoses or at least a lot of the feelings I was having. I might have had a mild postpartum depression, but all I know after the car accident everything got worse. It was just to much for me. I was in a wheel chair for the fractured ankle that needed to be healed, whip lash, bruises every where and the pain was awful. Luckily I had a great Aunt who took care of my 1 year old son during the whole process.
If you have any feelings that are different after you had your baby, please seek help right away. You know your body and feelings, better than anyone else. Postpartum Depression is real and you don’t have to conquer it on your own.