Approximately 15 percent of women experience symptoms of significant depression after giving birth, reports Postpartum Support International. And as Real Housewives of Orange County viewers saw tonight, Peggy Tanous fought her own battle with postpartum depression after delivering daughters London, 3, and Capri, 1. Now the Housewife is using her TV time to bring attention to the condition that can affect women of every age, race, and income level.
Symptoms of postpartum depression include feeling overwhelmed by your new baby and doubting your ability to be a good mom, not having an interest in your baby, feeling guilt and shame, and experiencing a loss of interest in the things that you enjoyed pre-pregnancy.
Peggy regularly relies on holistic medicine, although not to the degree that her mother-in-law practices. Still, the ‘Wife credits that for helping to balance her hormones after giving birth and says her depression was a factor in deciding to join this season’s cast. The former model and TV host tells UsWeekly, “[Housewives] was kind of a perfect way for me to kind of get me back in the swing of things but not take me away from my family too much.”
If you think you could be suffering from postpartum depression also, find local help from Postpartum Support International by visiting postpartum.net.
I love you Peggy! You are amazing for talking about your PPD. I have felt the same way. You are a strong and amazing mother....Amen to you!
Peggy. I know EXACTLY what you went and continue to go through. At 40 years old, I gave birth to my one and only son. I wanted him for so long, but the wanting did not prevent the postpartum from surfacing. I thought I had age and knowledge in my corner; turns out, it was my nemisis. The struggle back to normalcy is daily. One word for your husband, thank you for being so supportive to Peggy. She needs your support, desperately. Every situation needs a "hero" and you are this situations hero. Thank you for coming forward and sharing your experience. It is an opportunity for others to see this, otherwise, invisible disorder and be more empathetic to a situation they may not understand.