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“I Lost Blood During My Pregnancy Because Of Depression” – Linda Nderitu


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Six months into her pregnancy, Linda Nderitu started bleeding. The doctor asked if she was depressed but Linda had no idea that she was.

After the birth of Linda’s baby, she still didn’t have any idea that she was depressed until one day when she shook her baby out of frustration.

The baby had been crying for almost one hour while she tried to pacify him with all she could think but he didn’t stop crying. Sadly, her baby wasn’t also feeding well because Linda wasn’t lactating and her baby was refusing the bottle.

“Depression can actually cause you to lose your baby or harm your baby physically and you don’t even know about it,” she told BBC Africa.

Realizing there was something wrong with her, she sought help from her mum, who proved to be a great support. Her mum helped her care for her baby and also encouraged Linda to take a stroll.

Two years after the birth of her child, Linda says she is fine and have embraced her motherhood journey.

Now she’s speaking out about the mental illness, with the hope of helping other women who are facing the same struggle

“Talk to someone. Find that one person you’re comfortable talking to. It doesn’t have to be a family member, it could be a random person you meet on the street but a problem shared is a problem half-solved” Linda advises women in her shoes.

Watch her speak here

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