Tamera Mowry-Housley shared that she was at risk for post partum depression because she’s battled depression before.
The new mom revealed on her blog that she wanted to be for any curveball that motherhood might throw at her, and the included the very real possibility that she could wind up with PPD after delivering her son Aden John Tanner Housley.
“I was so worried that I was going to get it because I have experienced depression before, and let me just tell you that it is no fun at all (obviously)," Tamera revealed. "It’s a very scary situation to go through, and I was especially worried about going through it again after having Aden."
Thankfully she didn’t get it, but she did arm herself with information just in case.In Tamera’s research, she stressed that there is definite difference between having the baby blues and post-partum depression. Although they share similar symptoms one lasts a lot longer than the other. “Baby blues are normal and 50-80% of moms experience them. The symptoms are mild, with some ups and downs, weepiness and stress after the baby is born," Tamera wrote.
"Remember though, baby blues only last about two weeks after delivery! Anything longer is considered PPD," Tamera added. "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.”
While Tamera also advised women to surround themselves with a support system of their loved ones, she didn’t neglect telling them that professional help is key to get through this issue. "Just make sure to get in touch with a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in the field if you suspect you have PPD," Tamera stated. "He or she will be able to give you a roadmap to recovery, with sleep and nutrition plans and physical and emotional support.”
Tamera also let it be known that sometimes medication may even be required to cope with severe cases of PPD. "There natural remedies that have been shown to be effective like fish oil and Vitamin B, but sometimes you need prescription medicine to do the trick. It completely depends on the individual woman and her own needs," said Tamera before adding a caveat for nursing moms. "Just make sure to let your psychiatrist know if you are breastfeeding so you don’t get recommended something that may affect the quality of your breast milk.”
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