By auditioning contributor Jamey:
Katie ‘Jordan’ Price, 29, told Reveal magazine that she has won the war against postpartum depression. Jordan gave birth to a baby girl in June, Princess Tiaamii, now 8 weeks, who was named for her and husband Peter Andre’s mothers.
I’m so relieved that I’ve beaten post-natal depression this time round. Thankfully, it’s been a completely different experience.
With Junior my feelings were all very mixed up and it was very confusing. I felt like people were giving Junior more attention than me. I was biting at everyone, I was just a wreck.
I don’t really like to talk about it too much because it was a very painful experience. I’m so happy that I haven’t had it this time.
Jordan credits her strong marriage to Peter for her current happiness. Besides their new daughter, they together raise two sons, Junior, 2, and Harvey, 5.
It’s hard to say that the war has been won since she just gave birth in June. True postpartum depression can strike at anytime in the year after birth. So simply because a mother feels well at this stage of the game doesn’t mean that she is completely out of the woods. Signs of postpartum depression include:
- Being irritable
- Being tired or unmotivated
- Feeling hopeless or overwhelmed
- Feeling sad or anxious (including racing heart, tight chest)
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Crying easily over anything
- Eating too much or too little
- Inability to concentrate or make decisions
- No interest in activities, particularly those that were previously pleasurable
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Lack of interest in the baby
If you or someone you know has these signs after giving birth and they don’t get better in a week or two, seek professional help. If the mother has thoughts of harming herself or the baby seek help immediately.
Generally you can call your midwife or doctor for help or a referral to a qualified practitioner.
Source: Reveal magazine
Did you experience postpartum depression with one child but not with another?