17 Things Only a Mom with Postpartum Depression Would Understand

Medically reviewed by Kimberly Dishman, MSN, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB on October 26, 2016Written by Monica Froese on October 26, 2016

Having a baby is a life-changing experience for most women, but it can be challenging for women who suffer from postpartum depression. For new moms, it can be especially hard to distinguish between what should be considered normal postpartum hormones and symptoms of postpartum depression. Daily activities that come easily to other moms may be extremely difficult for moms suffering from postpartum depression.

Note: You’re not alone in your struggle. If you think you’re suffering from postpartum depression, please seek out help. While this article is written to be humorous and relatable, it’s important to remember that postpartum depression is a serious condition and you should seek treatment. Remember, no one should have to suffer alone!

1. If I hear, “Oh honey, it’s normal to feel this way!” one more time, I will banish you from my house, possibly forever!

sound off

2. Happy people are annoying people. Enough said!

happy people are annoying

3. Everyone around me likes to reiterate that having a baby is so wonderful. My eyes continue to dramatically roll every time I hear this.

eye roll

4. My sentences often start with, “You can’t tell by looking at me, but …”

can't tell by looking at me

5. Having company over is worse than the staples in my nether regions.

staples

6. Throwing laundry baskets at my husband’s head is a coping mechanism.

throwing laundry baskets

7. I spend most nights wondering when someone will be handing me an orange jumpsuit. Sleep deprivation is used to torture inmates, isn’t it?

orange jumpsuit

8. No, I didn’t lose weight in the first three months.

didn't lose weight

9. … Nor can I find the energy to exercise.

no energy for exercise

10. I can't just get over my feelings of sadness. Did they really just tell me that?

feelings of sadness

11. When the door closes behind my husband, I cry.

crying

12. When the baby throws up, I cry.

crying

13. I often wonder if dehydration from crying is a real medical diagnosis. Maybe if it’s not, I could make it one …

dehydration from crying

14. Lending an open and empathetic ear is worth a million times more than a frozen lasagna.

empathetic ear

15. My irritability, while seemingly irrational, is a sign that I need help, not judgement!

need help, not judgement

16. I’m anxious morning, noon, and night ... the struggle is real mama!

anxious

17. For the very last time: NO, I can’t just snap out of it!

can't just snap out of it

Q:

Can you recommend some resources for moms who are experiencing postpartum depression to get help?

A:

Postpartum depression is very common. It’s not your fault that you have feelings of depression. Postpartum depression can be treated and go away. If you or someone you care about shows signs or symptoms of postpartum depression, the first step is to involve a professional. You may start with a close friend or family member, but a therapist or your doctor can provide referrals and treatment. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, call 911 and tell them what you are thinking about. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 800-273-8255.

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