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What is postpartum depression? [Kenya]

What is postpartum depression? [Kenya]

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum is that period just after getting a baby.

What people call fourth trimester. During this time some moms get baby blues.

Baby blues is where you feel empty inside. You're feeling sad , hopeless and all , those feelings.
It's okay for any mom to feel that during the first days.

In case this feeling goes on for at least two weeks, it might be postpartum depression.

A study from the US showed that in every seven moms, one mom gets depressed, and that's a very high number.

Can you have postpartum depression and still love you baby?

Your body and brain are just having a difficult time getting back to normal. The way everyone adjusts is different, but you are still a caring, wonderful mother.

What is the postpartum depression rate in Kenya?
Many women suffer silently from PPD due to the little emphasis placed on the emotional and psychological care with a global statistics of 10-20%; the prevalence is estimated to be higher in Africa at 10-32% with 11 and 13% reported in Kenya.

How long can you be in postpartum?

The postpartum period generally includes the first 4 to 6 weeks after birth, and many cases of PPD begin during that time. But PPD can also develop during pregnancy and up to 1 year after giving birth, so don't discount your feelings if they're happening outside of the typical postpartum period.

What is the 5 rule for postpartum?

Prepare for the 5-5-5 rule: 5 days in the bed, 5 days on the bed, 5 days near the bed. This gives you a solid two weeks of focused intentional rest. It also helps to get your priorities in order when it comes to those eager visitors. 


Need to get help for Postpartum Depression click this Link

Content created in collaboration with MumsbyKare

Narrated by Naomi Wangare of MumsbyKare



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