It’s been 40 (or so) long weeks, and the baby—or perhaps, babies—you’ve been anxiously waiting for is finally here. But the joy, the all-consuming love…aren’t. In fact, it’s the reverse.
If you feel (or felt) like something just isn’t “right” after bringing baby into the world, you’re not alone: Between eight and 13 per cent of new mothers experience postpartum depression. Symptoms can include feelings of sadness, guilty thoughts, changes in sleep and appetite, feeling weak and/or a heaviness in the head. And for some, those are just the beginning.
“I didn’t stop crying for five days.”
We spoke to three mothers who candidly shared their varied experiences with postpartum depression in hopes of starting a broader conversation around the issue, which touches more people than we probably know.
Maybe their thoughts and feelings mirror your own or remind you of someone you know—either way, it’s time we start talking about it.
We all need help sometimes, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting that. It’s time for moms to stop suffering in silence.
It’s time we started talking openly about our mental health. Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 31, and help end the stigma around mental illness. For every text message sent and mobile or long-distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health initiatives. The same goes for anyone sending a tweet using #BellLetsTalk, watching the Bell Let’s Talk Day video on Instagram or Facebook, or using the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. But talking about it is just the first step: Visit letstalk.bell.ca for more ways you can effect change and build awareness around mental health.