New Mom Diaries: Coping with Postpartum Anxiety

SO, THIS WEEK'S TOPIC IS A LITTLE SENSITIVE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY SO, I THOUGHT THAT I WAS TOTALLY FINE AFTER I HAD THE BABY AND TURNS OUT AFTER THE ADRENALINE WORE OFF, AND THAT WAS PROBABLY ABOUT MONTH FOUR OR FIVE, I REALLY THINK THAT MY FEAR OF BEING A MOTHER KICKED IN AND THEN, AT MONTH TEN, POSTPARTUM ANXIETY REALLY KICKED IN, AND I WAS HAVING — JUST SUFFERING FROM PANIC ATTACKS AND FEELING LIKE I DON'T WANT TO BE LEFT WITH THE BABY BECAUSE I WON'T BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF HIM LITERALLY, I SPEND THE DAY, LIKE, CRYING HALF THE TIME

[ SIGHS ] I THINK MOST WOMEN HAVE IT I HONESTLY THINK PROBABLY 100% OF WOMEN HAVE IT AFTER THEY GIVE BIRTH BECAUSE OF HORMONES LIKE, WHO WOULDN'T? IT'S A TRAUMATIC — BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE, BUT INCREDIBLY TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE THE RULES OF THUMB OR HELP THAT HAS HELPED ME THAT I HOPE CAN HELP YOU IS ONE, GETTING INTO THERAPY AND SPEAKING WITH A THERAPIST AND JUST TALKING IT OUT, WHAT MY FEARS ARE JUST EVEN SAYING THEM OUT LOUD TO SOMEONE — NOT MY HUSBAND, NOT MY MOTHER, NOT THE BABY — SAYING THEM OUT LOUD ALLOWS ME TO PROCESS MY FEELINGS, WHICH IS WHAT THERAPY IS, RIGHT? SO, GETTING INTO THERAPY

TWO, GETTING EXERCISE — AND EVEN IF THAT JUST MEANS PUTTING THE BABY IN THE STROLLER AND POWER-WALKING AND THIS IS NOT FOR YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH IT IS FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH OOH! I'M WINDED I GOT TO TAKE ANOTHER ONE

HOLD ON BUT REALLY TAKING THE STEPS TO BECOME ACTIVE, BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE ACTIVE, YOUR MIND SORT OF GETS OUT OF WHATEVER FUNK IT'S IN AND THREE, FINDING YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE TO YOU? IS THAT AN ACTUAL SUPPORT GROUP? IS THAT ANOTHER MOM WHO'S KIND OF IN A FUNK THAT YOU GUYS CAN HANG OUT TOGETHER AND BE FUNKY? AND IF ALL OF THOSE THINGS AREN'T HELPING YOU, MEDICATION IS NOT TO BE FEARED IT'S NOT TABOO

IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE LESS STRONG OF A PERSON OR A MOTHER IF YOU NEED TO BE ON SOMETHING JUST TO GET YOU THROUGH THE DAY AND TO GET YOU THROUGH THIS HUGE, NEW PROCESS OF MOTHERHOOD SO, WHEN I'M FEELING SUPER-OVERWHELMED, LIKE, SUPER-OVERWHELMED, CAN'T GET THROUGH THE DAY, NOTHING'S HELPING? I LIKE TO COME UP HERE, TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIEW, JUST BE SILENT CALL IT MEDITATION CALL IT BREATHING CALL IT WHATEVER YOU WILL

I JUST LIKE TO ERASE ALL THOUGHT AND JUST STARE, BASICALLY LOOK LIKE A COMPLETE INSANE PERSON

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