Nobody is better placed to describe postnatal depression than a mother who has been there. It’s different for everyone, of course, which makes it so important for as many women as possible to share their experiences.
A touching new video called “We Are Warrior Moms,” produced by Jill Krause for PostpartumProgress.org, is a great starting point.
I suffered from postnatal depression after the birth of my first child. It’s a lonely, dark, desperate place. I’ve spoken to GPs and mental health experts about it. I’ve read endless books and blogs about it. But nothing gives me more comfort than hearing about the experiences of other ordinary mums like me. Not celebrity mums with books to sell or products to plug. Just normal women who have gone through the mental health mill — and survived to tell the tale.
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“You know how your stomach feels when you miss a step going down the stairs and your stomach jumps? That’s how my stomach felt all the time,” says one mum.
“I want [my children] to know that it doesn’t mean I love them less,” says another.
Video credit: BabyRabiesBlog/YouTube
The video has been created to raise awareness of postnatal depression and postnatal anxiety and let all mums who are struggling after the birth of their child know that they’re not alone — and that things will get better.
If any new mums in your life are showing signs of depression or anxiety send them the link to this video. Actually send it to as many people in your life as possible. Because the more people who understand how serious, debilitating and common postnatal depression is, the more those who experience it firsthand will benefit.
For help, advice and information on postnatal depression visit PANDAS. If you need to speak to someone urgently about your mental health call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (available 24 hours a day).
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