Postpartum depression (PPD) is sometimes called the baby blues, but there is a difference. While the symptoms are similar, the baby blues usually fade around two weeks after delivery. PPD, on the other hand, lasts longer, and the symptoms are more severe.
PPD symptoms can include experiencing and feeling:
- More tearful and crying
- Emotionally fragile
- Mood swings
- Overwhelmed and irritable
- Suicidal thoughts
After delivery, your body and hormones are changing dramatically. In addition, you are dealing with your feelings about placing your child for adoption, which may include feelings of grief and guilt.
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale can be used online to help detect PPD. It can be used starting six to eight weeks after delivery, and although it doesn’t diagnose PPD, it is a screening tool to determine the likelihood of PPD.
Birth moms with a score indicating the possibility of depression should seek medical attention to confirm a diagnosis and receive treatment, including counseling from a professional specifically trained to help birth moms.
In addition to medical attention, there are also ways you can support your brain and body. Healthy habits include:
- Consistent sleep patterns with 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
- A diet with healthy fats and healthy carbs that includes protein, iron and calcium
- Increase water consumption and decrease alcohol and caffeine
- Exercise, including simply taking a walk
Also, create a support network, including a post-placement birth mom support group. Isolation is not healthy. You need a safe place to share your grief, and being surrounded by others, who share your experience, is transformative and healing.
Who can help? Contact Destiny Adoption. We can refer you to resources for postpartum depression medical care, counseling and post-placement birth mom support groups.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.Buddha
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.