Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s everyday activities. Studies have shown that women are more likely than men to experience symptoms of depression. The depression in women sometimes stem from postpartum. Having a child as an older mom comes with a lot of changes, from conception to delivery. Older moms are prone to a difficult childbirth, high blood pressure, and birth defects amongst others. This ultimately may lead to Post-Partum Depression.
It is important to note that Post-Partum Depression is not a sign of weakness in a mother. Most mothers experience it a week after childbirth and can last longer if not managed properly. There are certain symptoms to look out for to understand PPD- Depressed mood or severe mood swings, Excessive crying, Difficulty bonding with your baby, withdrawing from family and friends, Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much, Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy, irritability and anger, fear of not being a good mother.
At Momat4ty one of our main objectives is to decrease and eradicate Post Natal depression. We want to share information, encourage participation, and help other older women in need of support and encouragement. We believe that we proper awareness a lot of mothers will not get into a state of depression.
However, we understand and put into consideration older moms who are yet to conceive and are experiencing depression. Most times these women get into a state and it is state of depression. We encourage every woman and most especially older women to be strong and fight any form of depression. At Momat4ty we urge you to reach out If you are experiencing symptoms of depression. We have both a wellness and medical team that supports our initiative and help the women in our community.
Depression is not a disease. Speaking up is the First Step and Remember you are Never Alone.