Moms Behind Mental Health: Jennie braces for PPD

Moms Behind Mental Health: Jennie braces for PPD

Audrey’s first 6 months were a blur. I mourn for the moments I’ve missed. I look at pictures and
try as hard as I can to remember that moment, but it’s just not there. My love for her grew, as I
got to see her personality shine through and felt the bond forming day by day. It was a gradual
love, that soon became the all-consuming affection that I thought I was meant to feel at her
birth.

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Maternal Mental Health Week: Tuesday Feature

Maternal Mental Health Week: Tuesday Feature

I wanted to share this video with everyone. Tom Bilyeu has a great Podcast, and every time I watch his videos, I am left feeling recharged and better about myself. This one is a little lengthy; however, I truly appreciate his bringing awareness and attention to May being the month dedicated to Mental Health. Please take a look, check his site out (linked above) and enjoy.

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A love letter to self-care: It's Maternal Mental Health Week!

A love letter to self-care: It's Maternal Mental Health Week!

Did you know 1 in 5 women suffer in silence from some sort of mental health condition postpartum? What’s worse, is that there has been very little outreach and available resources for them to access. This isn’t okay. We should be highlighting the bad days. We should be confident in our abilities in spite of them. We need to be rallying around each other during our lowest lows, and our highest highs.

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Empowering Mental Health: Be your own advocate!

Empowering Mental Health: Be your own advocate!

The reason I created Moms Behind Mental Health, especially when it comes to the maternal aspect; is because I wanted to shed light on a subject that isn't otherwise interpreted as "comfortable" to talk about. There needs to full transparency about how others live relatively normal lives despite the 'taboo' of their condition(s). 

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Moms Behind Mental Health: What Caysie thought would come naturally to her, didn't.

Moms Behind Mental Health: What Caysie thought would come naturally to her, didn't.

Having postpartum mental health struggles is so common yet for some reason, we shroud it in secrecy. We hide it away and feel like we are “less than” in some way. I am so appreciative of the fellow parents (both adoptive and biological) who experience these things that are willing to share candidly and without shame because it helps make this conversation easier to have. 

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Moms Behind Mental Health: Bri's Borderline Personality Disorder and journey to motherhood

Moms Behind Mental Health: Bri's Borderline Personality Disorder and journey to motherhood

I’ve always said that I will not parent the way I was parented. I’ve always said that I’m grateful, in a way, that I was raised the way I was. Because I don’t want that for my life, and I don’t want that for my children. I can stop the cycle. I can be the change. I am 10 years diagnosed now, and I’ve made incredible strides. I’ve accomplished more than what is expected of a Borderline. Every day, I have to check myself. Every day I have to assess what is a “normal” reaction and what is a Borderline reaction. But I’m doing it! I’ve been doing it, and frankly, I’ve been kicking ass at it. 

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Moms Behind Mental Health: Cyndi's scary and emotional transition into motherhood

Moms Behind Mental Health: Cyndi's scary and emotional transition into motherhood

It's been a struggle to not worry and make myself sick. And believe me when I say, when he gets sick or a fever I over analyze the whole situation. He is 17 months now and I still worry, I still find myself asking if he is okay, am I doing this right. But talking it out with my husband, my family, my doctor has helped so much.  Here we are today. My healthy, happy boy is here and lights up my entire life. I will get through this, we will get through this.

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Some questions to ask yourself before giving up

Some questions to ask yourself before giving up

A great way to deescalate panic is by taking a step back to reevaluate your basic care needs. Reserve time out of each day for your own self reflection and love! You are worth it.

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Moms behind mental Health: Natalie goes up against Anxiety/Depression

Moms behind mental Health: Natalie goes up against Anxiety/Depression

As we approached the day that we’d get to meet our baby boy I became very excited. I could not wait to meet him, and I spent hours thinking about what he would look like and what kind of little boy he would be. My delivery was a hot mess to say the least. We were scheduled to be induced and I spent the night having contractions. I progressed far enough along to have an epidural administered. Very soon after that the nurses could not locate my son’s heart beat and from there everything was like a fog. They told me they needed to do an emergency C-section. They had me sign a paper and told my husband they’d be taking me into surgery. He was instructed to wait for them to bring him scrubs and lead him into the room. It happened so quickly that our son was already breathing air outside of my body before my husband was brought in.

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Moms behind Mental Health series: Skylar's ongoing battle with postpartum anxiety

Moms behind Mental Health series: Skylar's ongoing battle with postpartum anxiety

I began obsessing and panicking over everything. I was so worried about my health I constantly thought I was dying. I was at my doctor's office weekly and even made her run extensive blood tests. In the end, I was always fine but I couldn’t stop worrying. I had this thought that I was going to die. Then I worried about my little newborn dying. I obsessed about his every move. I never slept. I would wake up panicking to make sure he was still breathing. I couldn’t control myself.

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Moms behind mental health series: Kirsty's journey with prenatal depression

Moms behind mental health series: Kirsty's journey with prenatal depression

At 20 weeks, I did a gender reveal to try and gain some sort of connection. We found out we were having a little boy! The only thing is, I never referred to him as a "him," only ever "the baby." I didn’t help with picking a name, and he was actually nameless until he was born. I was in such a state, I didn’t like want to feel the movements, like I had loved with my daughter; recording every moment I could. I began to hate myself so much for feeling so disconnected from my own baby.

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Why you can't ignore mental health

Why you can't ignore mental health

No one is expected to be knowledgeable about the intricate details of every mood disorder, disease, term, or association related to the mental health community; Myself included. This does not mean we shouldn't continue to advocate what we do know, and that is ourselves. We all signify, and can relate to, at least one of the aforementioned visuals above. Whether we are raging an internal war to come to terms with our own admissions, or we bear witness to the public battle of someone we love, and hold dear to our hearts. Tolerance cannot blossom under ignorance; solidarity and compassion start home.

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My struggles with Postpartum Anxiety

My struggles with Postpartum Anxiety

I knew going into my pregnancy that the chances of my experiencing PPD/PPA were pretty high, because I have struggled with anxiety and a bit of depression for as long as I can remember. What I did not fully consider, however, was how the impact of adding another person, hormones, and an overall sense of disarray, would amplify these sensations ten fold. The heaviness of what I was feeling was an entirely different beast that I had no clue how to get a handle on.

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