What comes to mind when I say that word?
For many people it means depression;
the "depression" (emotional time) some suffer after having a baby.
With a reported 1 out of every 7 women experiencing some sort of mood disorder after birth, it comes as no surprise that these words would come together in many peoples' minds.
Postpartum does not mean depression.
It is a refrence to the period of time after childbirth.
(Typically "postpartum" is the 6 weeks following birth, but some say it lasts up to a year)
"How are you feeling postpartum?"
"Some of the hormone changes postpartum can really effect you emotionally."
These all are just examples of how this word can be used.
With postpartum mood disorders on the rise and depression leading the way in postpartum issues, it is important to recognize the differences in the words we use.
Postpartum ≠ Depression
But POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION is real.
Postpartum Mood Disorders are real.
And they are definately things that deserve their own attention.
Jessica Anne Dill