A new mom struggling with postpartum depression might not even recognize that she's struggling. Or she might know, but her friends and family might not have a clue. A new mom crying over postpartum childbirth aches and pains, complaining about breast tenderness, or being upset that her morning coffee went cold while she was changing a diaper are all very normal things to be sad about as a sleep deprived mom. However, if she can't pull herself out of her sadness it may be time to find ways to help a new mom through postpartum depression.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), an estimated one in seven moms suffer from postpartum depression, or PPD. Some women report feeling depressed just hours and days after delivery and yet for others, the consistent dread and sadness takes a few months to bubble up and become noticeable. Many people use the terms PPD and baby blues interchangeably, but there is a real difference. The APA website noted that PPD is different than baby blues, because it doesn't go away.
Many moms keep their PPD a secret because they're embarrassed, ashamed, and feeling guilty. All of which make it hard for loved ones and friends to notice. If you think a new mom is struggling with PPD here are nine ways to help her.