One of life’s most precious joys is having the ability to bring a child into the world, a pivotal moment in a mother's life that filled with love nourishment and joy. In preparation of the newborn infant, the expecting parents are focused on ensuring that they are fully equipped and prepared to carry out their duties as a full-time caretaker of the infant. Something that is often overlooked with regards to preparing for the arrival of a newborn is the potential development of postpartum depression. An expecting mother is more caught up in ensuring that they have all the necessities for the baby and that the babies’ needs are met that they neglect to assign their own well-being importance. Becoming a mother for the first time can be overwhelming and stressful on its own, let alone with the presence and the struggle of coping with postpartum depression.
A parent never wants to feel inadequate in their ability to take care of their newborn child. However, it is important to note that no one is perfect and looking after and taking care of a newborn infant is a major responsibility that can leave little to no time for the new mother to attend to her own needs let alone wants. Postpartum depression is something that many of us do not assign a lot of importance though it is a very prevalent and serious issue that many women struggle with as first-time mothers. Celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen and Adele have spoken up about their personal struggles with postpartum depression. Chrissy Teigen opened up about how severely postpartum depression affected her, she stated “Getting out of bed to get to set [of Lip Sync Battle] on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders — even my wrists — hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me”. Chrissy had no motivation to leave the house only when she absolutely needed to, and in addition to that the fact that she was not on her regular eating schedule worked against her and fed into the postpartum depression. Adele shared her experience with postpartum depression as well “I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I'd made the worst decision of my life." Both Adele and Chrissy experienced postpartum depression but on opposite spectrums. Though they both were heavily impacted by postpartum depression, it manifested its self very differently in both. In Chrissy’s case, it significantly impaired her physical capabilities to even eat, while Adele struggled on a mental level in feeling that she wasn't adequate enough as a parent.
Postpartum depression is a serious mental health struggle that can take a significant toll mentally and physically on first-time mothers. First-time mothers are often blindsided by the overwhelming negative emotion that they experience due to postpartum depression, rather than the positive emotion that they had anticipated. While postpartum depression can take a toll on new mothers it is important to recognize when one needs to seek professional help to access the needed support and resources that can make a difference. If postpartum depression is impacting one's ability to carry out everyday duties and activities it is essential to seek help.
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