PPD can be a sneaky one. You’ve gone from pregnant to not pregnant in the same moment you become the center of the universe for a “hot off the press” human. Recovering from childbirth is at best messy; it takes days, weeks, years to get things back to normalish again. Sleep is tortured. Rhythms and routines obliterated, so why would you expect to feel like yourself? Our common sense helps us excuse a certain amount of crying, anxiety and irritation. But then for some of us – a whopping 20 percent – the emotional fog settles in and remains.
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