I’m excited to announce that I am now a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post!
(So excited that I cried when I found out and when I told my mom, she thought I was announcing another pregnancy, my face was that happy.)
It was very important for me to share my experience with postpartum depression and I’m glad that this is my first piece that is live on Huffington Post Parents.
Thank you for all of your support regarding my experience. It was hard to hit publish on this piece, but my hope is that other women experiencing similar thoughts will feel less shame, speak up, and get help.
Postpartum depression and anxiety is much more common that you’d think. 1 in 7 women will experience symptoms.
I, a woman who dreamed of having a baby her whole life, never thought I was go through this experience. And that made it all that much harder. It is a commonly misunderstood mental illness. It is hard to remember that we are not in control of these feelings. I never thought of harming my son and always felt a huge amount of love for him, but my anxiety and depression crippled me in many other ways.
I spent many nights up in bed in a panic, filled with shame. Those dark and lonely moments only escalated my depression.
It wasn’t until after I started reading other women’s experiences with PPD (a much more productive way to spend my sleepless nights) that I felt safe enough to talk about how I felt. So, I am glad to now add my story and hope that at least one other woman will be up at 3 am, on the break of a panic attack, find my story and will feel less shame about talking about her feelings.
I sought support around 6 weeks after Wyatt’s birth and felt immediate relief. Since then I have made major improvements and almost feel like myself again.
Motherhood is hard. Let’s support each other.