Opening up about postpartum depression


well super tennis star Serena Williams has had some tough defeats lately the 23 time Grand Slam champ of the Silicon Valley classic and then withdrew from another match and she is also struggling with something else that many would call a win the birth of her first baby she opened up very boldly on Instagram saying I felt like I was not a good mom most of you moms deal with the same thing whether stay-at-home are working finding that balance with kids is a true art you are the true heroes so Williams has become very outspoken about how she is feeling after giving birth joining me now to talk about this dr. Sonny Kim a she with st. Vincent’s OBGYN and one in five women actually suffer from postpartum depression and you know and we’ve all had babies and we think about some of how we were feeling back then and sometimes you’re a little embarrassed to express it because you’re like I have this new baby I’m supposed to be happy but I’m not always feeling that way so tired ya know this is a first experience that you’re having and there’s a new life totally depend on you so a lot of people actually almost every woman after two to three to eight days after the birth they go through the postpartum blue okay and then they get better without any treatment they said they feel sad or emotional irrational or angry or anxious but if that gets into the level that you cannot do the routine things like a taking care of yourself or take care of the baby then you need to yeah and people will call what you said baby blues and you said that should only last for a couple weeks okay and if it turns into something else and you’re saying you know some moms are more at risk for example Sarina had a c-section and that is one of those fab solutely I mean hormonal changes will put anybody at high risk for the postpartum blue and depression but the people who had a high-risk pregnancies like a sarena looks like she had a pulmonary embolism and she was in bed for six weeks not being able to take care of the baby not physical contact with a baby or unwanted pregnancy or just a fatigue itself will put the area put you at higher risk in her tweet and I want to pull this up because I I pulled it and then you brought it in to talk about as well she that I’ve read several articles and she called it postpartum emotions can last three years if not dealt with I like communication best and she went on to say that she talks to her sisters and her parents and you know really tries to unpack this with them so she can feel better about it but you did have a concern about postpartum emotions say it it’s safe to say a postpartum depression it is not shameful if your fill down and sad and anxious and you feel like a helpless or hopeless to take care of yourself or the baby then you need to talk to your partner you talk to your obstetrician who delivered your baby so we call it fourth trimester so I mean everybody knows that trimesters but we call it fourth trimester so that’s the postpartum period so we have to make sure the woman is doing well socially emotionally psychologically and never be ashamed of it as well we have pictures too of Serena and and and she looks happy you know look how happy she is she’s got that beautiful baby and you would never know you know the things that she’s dealing with when is it time to call the doctor and get help and you is it your OBGYN that you get in touch with or would it be your primary care doctor the OB GYN up to six weeks anytime any problems you need to talk to your obstetrician four delivers your baby if you cannot continue your normal life and the people are concerned about you that’s the higher that the red flag yes and this is great that she’s talking about it oh yeah because it puts it out there you know a lot of women who feel this way know that you are not alone and that there is help out there sorry thank you for coming in I know you’re busy lady

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