This is the Instagram post that immediately drew me to want to meet Erica from Mom.Break.
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Postpartum depression and anxiety…the things that most moms don’t talk about…⠀ .⠀ Why?⠀ .⠀ – Maybe because they’re ashamed⠀ – Maybe because they THINK they should “have it all together”⠀ – Maybe because they don’t realize they have it?⠀ – Maybe because they aren’t capable of taking about it⠀ – Maybe because they don’t know how⠀ – Maybe because they think they’re the only ones…⠀ .⠀ I made this video a year after I suffered from PPD/PPA with my toddler Aubrey.⠀ .⠀ But it’s now more relevant than ever because I’m 4 months postpartum with kiddo #2 and some of those pesky PPA symptoms are popping back into my life.⠀ .⠀ So, I thought it was a great time to re-share this video (LINK IN PROFILE TO FULL VIDEO).⠀ .⠀ I’ll leave it was this…⠀ .⠀ If this is your first kiddo or first time feeling anxiety, sad, or angry…you’re in the majority…most people just don’t talk about it.⠀ .⠀ We just all struggle in different ways and at different levels 💕💕 You’re NOT the only one and it’s TOTALLY OK to feel those feelings.
So many women struggle postpartum (and perinatal, I will add) – even if they don’t meet diagnostic criteria for postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety. But they often struggle alone. Erica’s message was strong – we all struggle – but we shouldn’t struggle in silence or isolation.
So when Erica proposed to meet (we both live in Ottawa), I was pumped! And she was so real. I knew I wanted to share her story with others.
In this episode, Erica and I talk about her experience with postpartum depression and her decision to go to therapy. We talk about the realness of motherhood – the intrusive thoughts, the difficulties coping with motherhood, and the toddler tantrums. Tune in to hear Erica’s journey of acknowledging when she needed to seek help, and how she told others about her therapy experience.
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