Postpartum Depression: "I couldn't even talk... without crying."

Molly, a mom of two, started having postpartum depression symptoms, such as weight loss and exhaustion, right after she gave birth. In this video, she offers advice for women who are in a similar position.


[MUSIC] It was a normal pregnancy, there were no complications. I was healthy, and I was you know, just really happy to be doing what I was doing. And where I was. I was pretty freaked out from the second he was born. I was already having symptoms right from the beginning in terms of I lost weight rapidly. And mostly I was just really exhausted. I didn't sleep more than a two hour stretch for I think a few months. I always use the term rock bottom to describe what happened. And it was about, I'd say maybe 4 months postpartum. And I was so frustrated about my inability to just snap out of it and to just get better. And I went in to the. The kitchen of the building we were living in at the time, and I took a big juice glass from the shelf, from the cabinet, and I went out on the front stoop, and it was like 2 in the morning or something, and I just smashed it, I threw it into the street. And then the next day I called a. A social worker, a psychotherapist, and I, you know, I couldn't even talk for a brief phone call without crying. Yeah, I was very lucky in that I responded pretty quickly to, to the medication. I hired a babysitter around that time. So one morning a week she started coming for you know, like four hours. I think it was about seven or eight months postpartum when I started to enjoy being a mom. You know, find somebody who you can trust whether it's your partner or your mother, or a sister, a friend. And tell them what's going on. It doesn't have to be so hard. But take care of yourself because it's you know, you can't take care of anybody else if you're not taking care of yourself.

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