‘I Have Experienced Depression Before’: Tamera Mowry-Housley Offers Advice For New Moms Suffering From Postpartum Depression

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January 29, 2013 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers

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Actress and new mom, Tamera Mowry-Housley took to Tia and Tamera Official, a blog that she shares with twin sister Tia, to address an issue that plagues many new moms: postpartum depression. In the blog post, Tamera reveals that she had actually suffered from depression in the past and offers advice to new moms who may find themselves in a similar predicament.

“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).  It’s a very scary situation to go through, and I was especially worried about going through it again after having Aden.  Luckily, I didn’t get it – but, I did do enough research to feel like I would be prepared if I did.”

She stressed that there is a big difference between PPD and “baby blues”.

“Know that there is a difference between PPD and “baby blues” – 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.  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.”

She also suggests that new moms surround themselves with an emotional support system.

“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 roadmap to recovery, with sleep and nutrition plans and physical and emotional support.”

The actress went on to encourage anyone suffering from PPD to seek the guidance of a specialist.

 “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.  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.”

 

 It’s great to see Tamera addressing such a serious issue, especially since this is a problem that plagues so many women.

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

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  • Esther

    It is ironic that those who claim they don’t want to hear from Tia/Tamera will take the time to click on an article about them, read it, and comment on it. How funny! Tia and Tamera have never claimed to be experts. They didn’t call out a press conference to share this or anything else. Tamera was responding to a fan’s question and trying to help others with a very relevant issue. Constructive criticism is beneficial, but your immaturity is truly revealed when you just go to a site to spew out your dislike for an individual when it is undeserved.

  • DTJ

    I work with a bunch of moms that obviously talk about what it was like after they had their first child and PPD, which is a form of depression, is serious. My supervisor suffered from it. She didn’t hold her daughter until her daughter was 4mos old. I personally suffered from depression a few yrs back and I do fear that PPD may effect me mainly bc when you’re depressed you dont care for yourself so you fear that you will fall so deep to not care for your own child

  • shakeria

    no thats tamera she as the mole

  • Mel07

    Sorry for the typos but u get it

  • Mel07

    And what what u trolls prefer? Her to do a blog Bout twerkin? Sleeping wit a NBA player? Or how bent she got at the club lady night. I reflect her views on motherhood she’s not saying she is a pro but jus sharing her amazing experience!

  • bigdede

    Someone give this girl a job already! She will use this baby and pregnancy to keep her name in the media. Also isn’t having clinical depression different from postpartum?

    • JaneDoe

      LMAO, I clicked on this post just to sa go away.. She is really wearing me thing her and her sister with all the expert baby talk.. Go away and come back in 10 yrs when you really have gotten some experience..

  • Yawn

    I don’t care who it is. I want them to go away. Since they’ve had kids they’re experts on everything baby involved. Depression and post partum are two different things.

    • Mel07

      Actually it’s called post Partum depression…a form of depression

    • Anonymous

      Maybe you should actually read the article. Since she had depression before it was a justifiable concern that she would suffer from postpartum depression. I’ll agree with you that Tia believes that she’s some sort of expert on the subject of pregnancy and child rearing and therefore Tia really needs to have a seat. But PPD is an important subject that isn’t discussed enough….especially in the Black community.

  • MN reader

    you are aware that the picture above is of Tia, correct?

  • helado31

    WRONG PICTURE! You posted a picture of Tia Mowry Hardict not Tamera Mowry Housley. They look alike but they look different at the same time.

    • Me

      Did they change the picture or something b/c the one above is Tamera…she has the mole on her face!!!

  • kim

    The picture you’re using is of Tia Mowry-Hardrict, not Tamera.