Mum Shares Photos About Post-Natal Depression That Are All Too Real

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Mum Shares Photos About Post-Natal Depression That Are All Too Real

A mother has shared all too real photos of what post-natal depression looks like.

Mother-of-two Kathy DiVincenzo posted two photos of herself with her two young children to Facebook to show the struggles a mother with post-natal depression face.

The first photo shows a miserable Ms DiVincenzo, who had been diagnosed of post-natal depression, anxiety and OCD, in a messy bedroom while trying to change her baby’s nappy, as her daughter, who looks messy herself, plays beside her.

Her hair is in a dishevelled bun, and her crop top dangles from one shoulder “” almost exposing her right breast.

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The second photo shows a vibrant Ms DiVincenzo, looking radiant in a well-kempt room while holding her baby who is lying comfortably in her bed, as her daughter plays beside her, looking fresh too. A picture of a mother who has parenting perfected.

Ms DiVincenzo explained that she posted the photos to show how her life as a mother changes depending on the day.

“I feel like it’s time to show you what that can really look like, not just the side of me that’s “Facebook worthy”.

“The truth is, both of these pictures represent my life depending on the day.

“I would only ever comfortably share one of these realities though and that’s the problem. The only thing more exhausting than having these conditions is pretending daily that I don’t,” she wrote.

She also wrote about how she feared people would consider her a “terrible mother”, but she says she knows other mums with post-natal depression would feel her.

“I work twice as hard to hide this reality from you because I’m afraid to make you uncomfortable.

“I’m afraid you’ll think I’m weak, crazy, a terrible mother, or the other million things my mind convinces me of and I know I’m not alone in those thoughts,” she added.

Mum Shares Photos About Post-Natal Depression That Are All-Too Real | Stay at Home Mum

Ms DiVincenzo said she hoped the images, which were shot by her friend, Danielle from Danielle Fantis Photography, will break the stigma around post-natal depression.

“We need to stop assuming that the post-partum period is always euphoric, because for 1 in 7 it’s not,” she wrote.

“We need to start asking new parents how they’re doing in a deeper way than the normal, “so how are you doing?” that triggers the knee jerk, “everything’s great!” response.

“We need to learn the signs, symptoms, risk factors, and support plans for post-partum conditions.

“We need to break the stigma and #EndTheSilence by sharing our stories and letting others know they’re not alone,” she wrote.

Her post has been shared more than 69,000 times with over 45,000 reactions from mothers who felt the same and from other women who support her.

The Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia revealed that 80 percent of people believe post-natal depression is not a sign of weakness. In addition, 92 percent of people believe that postnatal depression does not stop a woman from being a good mother.

Post-natal depression and anxiety (PNDA) occurs in all cultures and can happen to child bearing women of all ages, but pregnancy is the common factor.


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