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50 Postpartum Depression Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

Published on January 5, 2020 7:15 AM EST
50 Postpartum Depression Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

Are you currently dealing with postpartum depression? Below are postpartum depression quotes to help you overcome this illness. 

How has postpartum depression affected your life? 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 10 to 20 percent of new moms suffer from postpartum depression. Symptoms of postpartum depression include irritability, worthlessness, and headaches. There’s often a stigma that lingers around postpartum depression, which prevents many from stepping forward. 

50 Postpartum Depression Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

If you are one of the millions who are currently dealing with this illness or know someone who does, we’ve curated quotes from celebrities, visionaries, and everyday parents to share their experiences and insight.

Take a look below at the postpartum depression quotes we’ve curated for those currently suffering. 

Relatable postpartum depression quotes

1. “I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect. It was terrible.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

2. “I didn’t have postpartum the first time so I didn’t understand it, because I was like, ‘I feel great!’ The second time, I was like, ‘Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand.’ It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud.” – Drew Barrymore

3. “I mean, I look back now and realize that I was unprepared for what my emotions and body and energy level would, you know, consist of…There’s not enough, in my opinion, not enough working mothers who kind of talk about who they leaned on and how they got through that difficult time.” – Amy Poehler

4. “I had severe postpartum depression. When I got to the point of postpartum depression, there was no reason to get out of bed; I was too overwhelmed to get dressed. It was just so dark. I think that’s the only word I can explain.” – Marie Osmond

5. “It was like this weird alien overtook my body and every appropriate response was answered with the antithesis of what you would assume … Postpartum depression takes certain truths and turns them into the worst version of the truth.” – Brooke Shields

6. “I couldn’t sleep. My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had been pummeled.” – Courteney Cox

7. “I want to be honest about [postpartum depression] because I think there’s still so much shame when you have mixed feelings about being a mom instead of feeling this sort of ‘bliss.’ I think a lot of people still really struggle with that, but it’s hard to find other people who are willing to talk about it.” – Amanda Peet

8. “Do I wish I had never endured postpartum depression? Absolutely. But to deny the experience is to deny who I am.” – Bryce Dallas Howard

9. “I didn’t know what had happened to me. I was stuck in this gray depression where I just wanted to retreat and pull the covers over my head and weep.” – Margaret Trudeau

10. “Parenthood always comes as a shock. Postpartum blues? Postpartum panic is more like it. We set out to have a baby; what we get is a total take-over of our lives.” – Polly Berrien Berends

11. “Some of the first days after I came home, I was a little outside myself. My mother remarked that she noticed I had moments of lifelessness, but reassured me that this was entirely normal. It’s for things like that after having a baby that mothers really need emotional support.” – Celine Deon

Postpartum depression quotes about getting through hard times

12. “You start with a darkness to move through, but sometimes the darkness moves through you.” – Dean Young

13. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

14. “Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer

15. “The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.” – Epictetus

16. “It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” – Doe Zantamata

17. “Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” – Jacques Prevert

18. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller

19. “A big part of being a well-adjusted person is accepting that you can’t be good at everything.” – Kelly Williams Brown

20. “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” Confucius

21. “Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

22. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.” Dr. Seuss

23. “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” — Christopher Reeve

24. “Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” — Grenville Kleiser

25. “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen

26. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

27. “I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have.” Abraham Lincoln

28. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

29. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

30. “Being a new mother is supposed to be the happiest time of your life, but postpartum depression and anxiety strip that away for a time, but trust that it will not last forever.” – Judy Dippel

Postpartum depression quotes about finding support

31. “There is a lot of misunderstanding, and I feel like there’s a lot of people out there who think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it is something that is made up in their mind… It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable, and it’s really painful, and it’s really scary, and women need a lot of support.” – Hayden Panettiere 

32. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new.” – Barack Obama

33. “Find ways to replenish your energy, strengthen your faith and fortify yourself from the inside out.” Les Brown

34. “Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.” – Mariska Hargitay

35. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

36. “The place of true healing is a fierce place. It’s a giant place. It’s a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light. And you have to work really, really, really hard to get there, but you can do it.” – Cheryl Strayed

37. “To me, forgiveness is the cornerstone of healing.” – Sylvia Fraser

38. “Progress and healing involves seeing every person as not so different from ourselves.” – Bryant H. McGill

39. “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” – Steve Maraboli

Postpartum depression quotes about motherhood

40. “Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.” – Ani DiFranco

41. “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” – Oprah

42. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill

43. “We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe Harm

44. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac

45. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” – Ricki Lake

46. “In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” —Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

47. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” – Rudyard Kipling

48. “To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle, I say, ‘Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are.’” — Jeffrey R. Holland

49. “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” — Linda Wooten

50. “There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed. But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child, you are super mom.” — Stephanie Precourt

What do you know about postpartum depression?

Eradicating the stigma around postpartum depression begins with continuing the conversation. We hope that the above selection of quotes encourages you to talk about this topic with your family and friends. Remember, it’s okay to not be okay. 

If postpartum depression has affected your life, there are many resources available for you to learn more about the illness and get the help you need. Visit the National Institute of Mental Health to learn more about postpartum depression. If you need support, visit the website of nonprofit organization Postpartum Support International to connect with resources in your area. 

What’s your experience with postpartum depression? Do you have any other helpful postpartum depression quotes to add? Let us know your thoughts down below. 

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