To find out if you are suffering from postpartum depression symptoms, ask yourself the following…
Do you find yourself constantly crying?
Do you find yourself constantly irritable?
Do you find yourself anxious?
Do you have trouble sleeping?
Do you have trouble concentrating?
Do you have headaches regularly?
Did you answer 'yes' to one or more?
You could be suffering from ANY of these symptoms and DON'T NEED TO HAVE THEM ALL to suffer from postpartum depression.
So, be encouraged that you are not alone and that this is not make you an awful woman! I was one of those 80% too. So, we've got something in common.
Here are 13 major factors that MAY cause it or be related:
You had depression during your pregnancy.
You suffer from low self-esteem.
You are experiencing stress with childcare.
You suffered anxiety before your pregnancy.
You regularly suffer from life stress such as from your job.
You don’t have much social support.
You are in a poor marital relationship.
You have suffered from depression in childhood.
Your baby is colicky.
You are a single mom.
You are living in poor economic conditions.
Your pregnancy was unplanned or unwanted.
Here are some tips that I used during my suffering that I certainly hope will offer you some peace and hope. There IS hope and you ARE worth it!
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