Duchess Kate Middleton delivers speech on motherhood ahead of Mother’s Day.
Kate said that it’s right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, its stresses and strains like post partum depression.
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a type of clinical depression which can affect mothers after childbirth.
There are many symptoms of PDD that include sadness, low energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced desire for sex, crying episodes, anxiety, and sometimes irritability.
Kate encourages women to speak up and have the strength to seek support and advice about their mental health.
She tells mothers that they are not alone, not a freak and not highly unusual.
If mothers have these feelings and symptoms then it is possible that they are experiencing common illnesses that 15 to 20% of new mothers have, and they are completely treatable.
In cases like PDD, conversations are crucial for mental well-being and they should be part of everyday family life.
Talking about this problem with a friend or another trusted person can be the beginning of getting better, Kate says.
It very vital to be open about our mental health especially in the early years of parenthood.
Becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience, she added.
She also admitted that being a mum could be tough, even for someone like herself who had help at home in terms of nannies and housekeepers.