• Maternal depression following the birth of a baby can impact the quality of life,both mother and child
• A lot of people do not know the struggles of postpartum depression and what it’s like to be a new mum.
Maternal depression following the birth of a baby can impact the quality of life of both mother and child over the course of their lifetimes and may have life-threatening effects.
The birth of a baby is usually an eagerly awaited and joyful event and a milestone in the life of a family.
Postpartum depression is a psychological state where new mothers are generally sad and moody, experience difficulty sleeping, have crying spells, and experience anxiety and irritability.
Many women get surprised when this joyful event is followed by such a state of anhedonia-(inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities).
Some celebs have shared their experiences. They are below;
Kenyan songstress Nadia Mukami recently revealed that many women face challenges after giving birth but they prefer not to talk about it.
She took to Instagram posting a video of her cute son Haseeb Kai with a caption that read "We just hit 4 months today!"
She went ahead to say that one lesson she has learnt is that pregnancy is easy but the period after giving birth is where there is more challenges but she went ahead to admit that she survived.
Lastly she urged people to make an effort on checking on any new mom as it's not a really an easy journey as it may seem.
"The period after giving birth,those months are the hardest!The first 3-4 months of motherhood are crazy!!I survived!Please check on any new moms you know."
Vanessa Mdee also welcomed her child not so long ago and in an Instagram post she said most people do not understand what postpartum depression is.
“A lot of people do not know the struggles of postpartum depression and what it’s like to be a new mum.
“It is something that needs to be talked about more. Even if you have a great support system and an amazing partner, you could still suffer from postpartum depression,” she said.
The partner to former Machachari actor Baha also recently gave birth and went on to talk about her postpartum. This came after she posted an ask-away poll on her Instagram story.
One fan asked her "Postpartum depression, have you had it?"She went on to respond saying "Yes i have but I've found a way to deal with it and I am better compared to a few weeks ago."
Another thing that might bring about postpartum depression is bodily changes and Georgina has had a massive change in her body which had left her being trolled.
"Ever since I came back to my social media accounts, I've come across all comments "Your bosom are sagged" "they are bigger" "umenona" "work on your body" and other nasty things," wrote Georgina.
However, Georgina was clear that she was never going to succumb to social media trolls.
Socialite Corazon Kwamboka opened up on her struggles with mental health days after admitting that she suffered from postpartum depression.
Through her Instagram page, the mother of two shared her experience with depression that saw her spend a few days in the hospital.
She noted that the matter was meant to be private but it somehow found its way to the blogs forcing her to publicly talk about it.
She urged Kenyans to stop joking about depression, stating that anyone can go through it and not all people who come out and talk about it want attention.