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Why postpartum depression is so common in US Latina mothers: "I wanted to run. I was so overwhelmed"


Experts emphasize that "it is important not to judge the mother, offer her suggestions and support, because support helps a lot with self-esteem and well-being." Resting, walking and taking time each day helps to alleviate the symptoms.

Mariana Gutiérrez began to feel that something was not right a few weeks after her second daughter was born.

“There were signs such as sadness, crying, she felt that she needed to cry to drain thoughts of happiness and at the same time worry, fears, expectations,” this 33-year-old Venezuelan living in Texas tells Telemundo News.

“I came to feel many emotions, things like 'I want to run away', like 'I don't want this life for a moment'”, she confesses about the overwhelming moments she went through when she started her second motherhood.

Her symptoms revealed that she had postpartum depression, a mental health problem that many women suffer from, but about which little is said because it has not yet normalized.

In the United States, it affects around 11% of the population, although the number skyrockets worryingly in the Hispanic community:

between 23% and 51% of Latina moms end up suffering from it

, according to a study published in July 2021. .

Source: telemundo

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