In the past year, I’ve become very passionate about an unexpected topic: postpartum depression. After having my second baby, I struggled with moodiness, anxiety, and irritability. I was the mom weeping while watching a diaper commercial. Being that this wasn’t my first rodeo, I knew that I wasn’t dealing with the typical post-pregnancy hormones. Something just wasn’t right.
I never felt more alone. Nobody but me seemed to realize that there was a problem. Ultimately, since nobody asked, I had to diagnose myself and take action. I wrote more about my experience with postpartum depression in this article on Detroit Moms Blog.
Instead of wallowing in my experience, I’m making a pact with myself to do something about it. I’m turning my passion into action. Nobody asked me how I was doing, so I’m challenging YOU to ask these 5 important questions to the new mamas in your life:
I know the baby’s great, but how’s mama?
How are you really doing?
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Do you need any help?
Have you touched base with your doctor/midwife since the baby was born?
I can’t stress this enough – ask these questions, wait a week, and then ask them again. Because behind the smile and the perfect baby, a lot of new moms are experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety. In fact, according to the CDC, 1 in 9 mothers experience postpartum depression. Moms might put on a tough exterior, but the truth is sometimes we’re crumbling on the inside.
Sharing the knowledge: the #howsmama campaign
In addition to asking those vital questions to the new mothers in your life, there’s one more thing I’m asking you to do: spread the word! We hear about postpartum depression all the time, but what we don’t hear about is how we can help. Let’s share the knowledge and teach others the difference they can make by asking a simple question.
Please print this sign (or make your own) with the hashtag: #howsmama. Post it, share it, and repeat on all of your social media platforms. Explain to your friends and family how important it is to ask questions beyond the baby. Tell them how simple it is to just ask “How’s mama?”
Even if you aren’t a mom, I’m challenging you. Nobody should feel alone when it comes to postpartum depression. Ask the questions and share the hashtag. #howsmama
Print your #howsmama sign here: