Courtesy of Danielle Fantis Photography

Kathy DiVincenzo shared a powerful message about post-natal depression using two images on Facebook.

She shared the photo at the beginning of May, which is also Postpartum Depression Awareness Month.

According to NHS England, the postpartum (also known as post-natal) depression effects 1 in 10 mothers within a year of giving birth.

It is distinct from what's known as the 'baby blues' which is a feeling of sadness which usually goes within two weeks of the child's birth.

They offer advice, guidance, and information on the NHS website.

The two photos posted by DiVincenzo were taken by her friend and professional photographer Danielle Fantis of Danielle Fantis Photography.

In the caption DiVincenzo explained the two photos:

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. 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 continued:

We need to stop assuming that the postpartum period is always euphoric, because for 1 in 7 it's not. 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 postpartum conditions.

Kathy ended on this rallying cry.

In case no one has told you, you're doing an amazing job. You are loved and you are worthy. You're not alone. Information to local and national support will be in the comment section. I know how unbelievably hard it is to reach out, but I promise you it is worth it. YOU'RE worth it.

HT AU News

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