Kristin shares how she coped with having postpartum depression (PPD).
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Hi, I’m Kristin Park with EmpowHER and I’d like to share a little bit about my postpartum depression experience that I had about 12 years ago after the birth of my third child. It was a very devastating experience and it was one that has stuck with me over the years. In the beginning right after I suffered from postpartum depression, I was really—I just felt the stigma of the depression and I felt embarrassed and ashamed that I went through it. But now, after the years have passed, I’ve seen other women go through it. I see how important it is for us to talk about it and try to spread awareness so that women don’t go through postpartum depression like I did. It’s so preventable and very easily treated. When I went through depression, it hit me like a ton of bricks the third day after my baby was born and I had just been discharged from the hospital and I was back home. I was so proud that I have this beautiful baby daughter and I got home and I fell apart. And the strange thing for me was that my symptoms weren’t the typical symptoms of what you would think postpartum depression is. Typically, you would imagine it would be crying or very teary, just depressed, really down, maybe unable to do simple tasks. With me, my symptoms were all GI, gastrointestinal. I was incredibly sick to my stomach, nauseated, I can’t keep any food down. I literally just fell apart. I was dizzy, I couldn’t get out of bed. My doctor thought I had an infection because I’ve had a C-section and it was months of suffering and being in and out of the hospital, losing weight, not being able to keep any food in my system and not being able to take care of my babies, when finally I was diagnosed.