Strange as it sounds, postpartum depression is more common than you might think. According to the Faculty of Medicine of Minas Gerais (UFMG), 25% of women who are going through the puerperium suffer from postpartum depression. Lack of attention to oneself can have major consequences on the mother’s mental health.
There are two types of diagnoses for mothers who give birth, baby blues and postpartum depression. According to the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FioCruz), the baby blues disease is identified in 1 out of 4 mothers of newborns in the country.
Diagnoses for diseases are made in different ways, they have similarities, but they are not the same. Baby Blues is a condition that manifests itself in the mother in the first days after childbirth, causing a feeling of sadness. The causes vary from social maternal pressure, breastfeeding difficulties, hormonal oscillation, among others, whereas postpartum depression is a disorder that affects women after childbirth, characterized by deep sadness. It can promote a lack of interest in daily activities, insomnia, extreme tiredness, anxiety, feelings of guilt, lack of connection with the baby, among other symptoms.
Influencer Layse Cohen exclusively shared details about her complex postpartum phase with us. “Society romanticizes motherhood a lot, nobody talks about what the postpartum period is like, people don’t talk about what it’s like to have to give up on yourself to actually live for the other. Being a mother was the most beautiful thing that ever happened in my life. my life, but I confess that it was one of the most complex phases I’ve ever lived”, revealed the influencer.
The content creator also revealed that she needed medical attention and what she heard most was criticism from people, judging her case as if it were a freshness. “It’s very hard to feel something and have people doubting what you feel, I lost the will to do exactly everything, I had a food compulsion, I lost the will to look in the mirror and according to the children’s growth, I had to dedicate myself even more to them and to the tasks of each. Today I have the help of a nutritionist and a doctor who are supporting me to overcome this process in the healthiest way possible”, he vented.