Postpartum depression (PPD) has become a big topic of conversation lately. Not everyone thinks this illness is legitimate because, like most types of depression, it’s not clearly visible. But just because you can’t physically see an illness, doesn’t mean it’s not real.
Actress, Hayden Panettiere, and tennis-legend, Serena Williams have both opened up about their battle with postpartum depression and why they believe it’s important for women to discuss the topic.
PPD affects all women; regardless of where they come from. And contrary to what you might think, it’s incredibly common. In fact, one in seven women experiences some level of postpartum depression after having a baby.
Did you know that? Probably not, right?
Here are 8 other facts about postpartum depression you most likely didn’t know either:
It’s Not Easy To Talk About
No type of depression is easy to talk about — the same can be said about PPD. Some women are embarrassed by their feelings. After having a baby, the world expects new mothers to be happy and excited. Not being able to feel that way can be a crippling, overwhelming feeling. It can be hard to look at your husband, friends, and family and say, “I’m not happy, I feel absolutely horrible.” Which is why many women bury their feelings until they absolutely can’t handle it anymore.