You spend nine months praying for a healthy baby, eating all of the right things, exercising as needed, going to all of your doctor's appointments and generally doing everything you need to do to ensure a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Now that your little one is in your arms, however, something is off. You don't feel quite as happy as you always imagined you would--and you don't quite know who to turn to. You're afraid that you have postpartum depression. So, how do you find out if you actually have it? What are the symptoms and how do you seek help?
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When it comes to postpartum depression, the first thing that you need to know is that you are absolutely, positively NOT alone. That's definitely the hardest pill to swallow because, likely, you are currently isolating yourself and not seeing friends. Be honest: Are you even communicating with your partner about what is happening in your head and with your emotions?
It's important not to get too down on yourself, though. The truth is that many women experience a wide variety of postpartum depression symptoms and they often do not know who to turn to. It's difficult to turn to your friends who are happily raising their babies or who don't have kids yet. And you may be afraid to talk to your partner about things too, because admitting defeat (and coming to terms that you may be depressed often feels like defeat) is difficult. However, this is an important subject to talk about and, even more importantly, to seek help about if you need it. According to Glamour, nine out of ten women may suffer from symptoms of postpartum depression. If that's not enough to convince you that you're not alone, read on for our 10 things you need to know about postpartum depression.
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