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Annual 5K raises money, awareness for common disorder among new moms

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

Just one day shy of Mother's Day, hundreds of runners and walkers took to the pavement on Daniel Island, raising money and awareness for post partum depression.

The 12th annual Mom's Run, organized by group Postpartum Support Charleston, started and ended at Blackbaud Stadium, followed by a Family Fun Day.

Last year, more than 400 participants signed up for the 5K, prompting organizers to set a goal of 500 people in 2015.

Research shows as many as 20 percent of new moms will experience postpartum depression in the first year after the birth of a baby. 

Symptoms include feelings of guilt, sadness, anger or irritability.  Some mothers also illustrate a lack of interest in the baby.

"I saw a tee-shirt that said, keep calm you're a good mom, and I thought was great," said race volunteer. Siobhan Maize.

"People always compare themselves to other people, especially if you have something like post partum depression, being aware that it can happen, what the signs are, and that it's okay to talk to your doctor about it."

The 5K is the groups largest fundraiser of the year, with money raised used to offer resources, education and support to women and families faced with post partum depression.

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