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Postpartum depression awareness tips from mamas who have been there

Jasmin and Mom, Dee Dee – PPD Patient Leaders
About 1 in 9 moms suffers from PPD
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In the US, half of PPD cases may go undiagnosed

PPD Survivor Stories

A’Driane’s Story play_arrow

Adriane
Adriane
Adriane
Adriane
Expectations
Reality
Solution
Takeaways

“My first pregnancy was completely unplanned and I went through it by myself. So, I didn’t really have any expectations, other than just getting through it and trying to survive. For my second pregnancy, however, I had the love and support of my new partner and we were both very excited. I already knew physically what to expect, so I had a lot of confidence from that.”

“After I had my son, I remember holding him for the first time after they brought him back from the nursery and hearing him cry for the first time, and I remember in that moment being absolutely terrified and not understanding why.”

“I was able to see a therapist for about four months while also going to school full time and taking care of my boys and that was basically what put me on the path to treatment and to getting better. That along with community support were my lifelines during that time. Some of the women that I met then, are still my friends today.”

“I want any mom who is suffering from a postpartum mood disorder like postpartum depression to understand that as excruciatingly painful as it is and no matter how severe your symptoms are, it’s not your fault. And that this will not be the end of you and that you will get better. It’s gonna take time, it’s going to take a lot of grace, you can’t flog yourself through this process.”

A’Driane

PPD Survivor

Jen’s Story play_arrow

Jen
Jen
Jen
Jen
Expectations
Reality
Solution
Takeaways

“I thought that I would become a domestic goddess, pinterest queen, and champion breastfeeder. That I would love every second and be able to be a stay at home mom with no one’s help.”

“When I had my son, I felt like I made a huge mistake, I wanted nothing to do with him or being a mom. I could barely leave the house. What was wrong with me? Why was I failing at something I thought came naturally? Why wasn’t it coming naturally to me?”

“I was also lucky enough to find a therapist who specializes in postpartum mood disorders and she was able to get me into a psychiatrist really quickly and I was able to go on the right medication for me. And, that coupled with therapy really, really helped me understand that what I was going through was common.”ย 

“I wish I was properly prepared and educated about the emotional complications that can accompany child birth. I wish someone talked to me about maternal mental health, what can happen, the red flags, the risk factors which I had many of and didn’t even know risk factors were a thing, and who to call and where to go for help.”

Jen

PPD Survivor

Jasmin’s Story play_arrow

Jasmine
Jasmine
Jasmine
Jasmine
Expectations
Reality
Solution
Takeaways

“I expected that I would have healthy babies and my husband would actually be there and it would be this perfect image of motherhood with little to no struggles.”

“I didn’t just not recognize my mind, I didn’t recognize my body anymore. I didn’t know who I was any longer.”

“My mom mostly but my brother and dad helped too. They would let me nap and I would sleep for a couple of hours.

“I wish I would have known not to have expectations of what it should look like. And, to truly understand that motherhood and the postpartum journey is one that just transforms your heart, your mind, and your body.”

Jasmin

PPD Survivor

PPD is one of the most common medical complications during and after pregnancy. That is why it’s important to recognize the symptoms.

Mothers with PPD may show multiple symptoms, including the following:

Emotional
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, empty, or overwhelmed
  • Crying more often than usual or for no apparent reason
  • Feeling worried or overly anxious
  • Moodiness, restlessness, or irritability
 
  • Anger or rage
  • Persistent doubt about your ability to care for your baby
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Physical
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lack of sleep or oversleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
Behavioral
  • Loss of interest in things that are usually enjoyable
  • Avoiding friends and family
  • Having trouble bonding or forming an emotional attachment with your baby

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Postpartum depression awareness tips from mamas who have been there

The intent of these tips is not to provide medical advice. Each personโ€™s situation will vary. Please talk to your doctor if you think you may have PPD or need help.

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