Actress and new mommy Tamera Mowry-Housley recently shared her experience with depression and shared some advice on her website, Tia and Tamera Official, for new parents suffering with postpartum depression.
"Know that there is a difference between PPD and "baby blues" — baby blues are normal and 50-80 percent of moms experience them. The symptoms are mild, with some ups and downs, weepiness and stress after the baby is born. Remember though, baby blues only last about two weeks after delivery! Anything longer is considered PPD. If you do think you have PPD, educate yourself on the issue. Knowing if you’re showing symptoms or at risk can help you be prepared if it arrives, and soften the blow."
Mowry-Housley reveals her anxieties over developing PPD due to her history with depression and said she did her research so that she'd be prepared. Fortunately, she didn't battle through PPD after having son Aden in November, but adds that being informed and having a good support system truly helps.
"Believe me, you will need them! Your spouse and friends will be the key to getting through this — and you will, I know it. Just make sure to get in touch with a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in the field if you suspect you have PPD. He or she will be able to give you a road map to recovery, with sleep and nutrition plans and physical and emotional support."
To read the rest of her "sisterly advice," click here.
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