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.