For Birth Mothers: What to Know about Postpartum Depression with Adoption
Adoption is already a deeply exhausting time, and the uncontrollable circumstances that come with postpartum depression may unfortunately make matters worse. We at Adoption Choices of Arizona are here to explain what all of these feelings mean and to remind you that you will get over the hump. Here is what you should know about postpartum depression.
What exactly is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression symptoms tend to appear merely a few weeks after giving birth. Postpartum can sometimes be confused with the “baby blues,” which last around two weeks and include anything from mood swings to trouble sleeping. Postpartum, however, is more severe and lasts longer. The signs can range from intense fatigue to feelings of worthlessness. If not cared for, postpartum can last for several months and even beyond.
Is it OK if I feel this way?
Depression is something that’s out of your control until properly treated, and even then, you’re still going to feel some symptoms. It’s important to remember that all of your feelings are completely valid. If you are going through the adoption process as you experience these symptoms, make that known. Both the adoptive parents and Adoption Choices of Arizona know how hard pregnancy and the aftermath can be. We can help you realize that an open adoption may be best, too, as keeping contact with your child and watching them grow may help.
How can I heal?
The first step is telling someone you trust about what you’re feeling. Your adoption specialist would love to talk to you about how you’re feeling and find you help. Once you’re connected with a doctor, they can provide any adjustments you might need, and everything will start to look up. It’s also important to talk to friends and family during this time. They’ll remind you of how loved you are and how all of this will pass.
If you think you’re experiencing the signs, the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor and loved ones. Everything you feel during this time is valid, and better days are coming.
For more adoption resources, visit Adoption Choices of Arizona or text us at 1-480-900-5520.