Making Peace With Your PMAD (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders) Recently, I’ve been diving deeply into PMAD (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders) research for a project I’m working on. And I’ve made a few discoveries. If you’ve been a follower on my blog, you are aware that I am a PPD (Postpartum Depression) survivor. But […]
How I Missed The Signs of Postpartum Anxiety (PPA) As I’m watching close friends become mothers for the first time, I start to reflect on my postpartum period. And as I reflect, a great deal of sadness and grief come over me. You see, I am a PPD (Postpartum Depression) survivor, and I’ve talked openly
The Importance of Maternal Mental Health I’ve been recently thinking about the early years of motherhood and the state of my mental health. There were some good times no doubt, but the majority of the past 4 years were spent with me feeling depressed, anxious, listless, tired, unmotivated and just plain unhappy with my life.
Why You Need Strong Boundaries as a New Mom You are in full nesting mode for your little bundle of joy. You got the room ready, multiple cute outfits, all the bottles, freezer meals and frozen padsicles. Your life is all ready to start as a family of 3 (or 4 if you’re having twins).
Getting Help For Postpartum Depression – It’s Not Always Easy I was reading through some old posts and ended up lingering on The Dark Side of Motherhood (A Personal PPD Story. The period of postpartum depression was such a profound and dark time of my life. In fact, it was so dark, that I don’t
Why Breastfeeding May Not Feel Like Bonding Here you are, sitting in the middle of the night for the umpteenth time, breastfeeding your baby. You hold them close, snuggling their warm wriggling body into yours and wondering “Why the hell am I not bonding? All the books and helpful mommies on the internet said breastfeeding
Expectations: Part 3 – The Unrealistic 4th Trimester Expectations You are officially a mama in your 4th trimester. Congratulations! You are probably excited, exhausted, and absolutely clueless about what to expect from this magical time. You, just like many moms before you, made a great list of things to accomplish in the next few months.
The Dark Side of Motherhood (A Personal PPD Story) Becoming a mother is hard. It’s a life transition that cannot be truly explained, it needs to be experienced. It affects people differently but it’s still the biggest transition a woman experiences in her life. Nothing so fundamentally changes your priorities, interests and well, YOU. I
Weaning Depression – It’s More Common Than You Think There is a milestone in the breastfeeding journey that produces many different and confusing emotions: weaning. Weaning is just as complicated as breastfeeding itself. And often causes mothers to feel sad, lost, empty, happy, guilty, and even experience weaning depression. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Don’t Let Breastfeeding Guilt Get You Down Shame and guilt. Two words that should have no place in motherhood, yet they plague every mother at one point or another. One of the earliest sources of guilt is breastfeeding guilt. And it touches every mother – whether she chooses to breastfeed or not. Mothers who choose