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