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Postpartum Anxiety

Postpartum Anxiety Might Be Even More Common Than PPD

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Parents

Jill Krause called her doctor, certain that she had cancer. It was about five months after she gave birth to her second baby five years ago, and Kraus...

Warrior Moms Climb Out of Darkness And Fight Postpartum Depression And Anxiety

Farrah Alexander | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents
Farrah Alexander

From her brown eyes to the occasional purple streaks in her hair, everything about Lucy McEwen looks bright. She's the type of person who seem to always be smiling sweetly, expressing care for others and fiercely loving her two small children. But there's another side of Lucy that her friends also know as an incredibly brave survivor of postpartum depression and advocate for other moms fighting the same battle.

I'm (Not) Fine. An Open Letter to Moms on Mother's Day About Not Being Okay

Abbie Ginther | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Abbie Ginther

The fear and anxiety that crept up during pregnancy never really let go. I didn't feel sad but everything started to seem overwhelming. I became angry and anxious and if you asked the people closest to me, there might be another "a" word that isn't so flattering. I prayed about it. I claimed every truth I know and believe about it. I exercised about it. I ate better and tried to sleep more about it but the anxiety is still here.

Dear America: Give Mothers a Choice

Michelle Dempsey | Posted 04.14.2016 | Women
Michelle Dempsey

The United States of America is in a time of critical change -- an election is upon us and the political world is an absolute circus. If we're going to talk about making America great again, let's start by discussing the need for a major overhaul when it comes to maternity leave.

Moms Get Honest About Postpartum Depression In Powerful Video

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.04.2016 | Parents

For women struggling with postpartum depression, one of the most powerful tools is the knowledge that they're not alone. In an emotional new video fro...

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby (Part 1 of 3): An Overview of Depression And Anxiety in Pregnancy.

Carly Snyder, MD | Posted 03.22.2016 | Parents
Carly Snyder, MD

Rather than experiencing the joy, excitement and anticipation often synonymous with pregnancy, they instead are marred by persistent, functionally debilitating symptoms of depression and/or anxiety -- symptoms that we designate as antenatal, since they occur within pregnancy.

Anxiety Is Inherent to Motherhood, and That's Not All Bad

Carly Snyder, MD | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Carly Snyder, MD

The 'What Ifs' of motherhood can boil down to instinctual anxiety about our children's safety, the drive to protect, and awareness that we can't stave off every hazard. Anxiety is often considered the enemy, something to be avoided. However, in many ways, maternal predisposition to anxiety can be seen as a positive, adaptive process.

Decision to Medicate for Postpartum Depression a Tough Pill to Swallow

Julie Trites | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Julie Trites

A few weeks before I was due to give birth to my second son, I had the prescription filled. The spot on the stove was intentional. I wanted to see them. I needed to know they were there, patiently waiting for me to decide if and when I needed them. Their mere presence gave me comfort.

Giving Birth on Valentine's Day Gave Me Second Chance to Beat Postpartum Anxiety

Julie Trites | Posted 01.19.2016 | Parents
Julie Trites

Three years ago Valentine's Day took on a whole new meaning for me. There was no candlelit dinner. No chocolate. A bottle of wine was out of the question. But nothing says romance like a trip to the doctor for cervical sweep, am I right ladies?

Moms Speak Out About Postpartum Depression In Honest Photo Project

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents

Photographer Natalie McCain has found purpose in capturing raw images that highlight real moms' stories, as they bare their bodies and souls. In the l...

Anxiety Is A Fork-Tongued Liar

January Harshe | Posted 10.23.2015 | Parents
January Harshe

If you are supporting someone with anxiety, don't just tell them they are wrong or to get over it. Pick up the sword and help them cut off it's ugly head. Moms and dads, you are brave warriors. This too shall pass.

Mom's Raw Postpartum Photo Post Prompts Others To Share Their Experiences

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents

Arizona mom Danielle Haines has prompted an honest discussion about motherhood when her raw postpartum photo went viral on Facebook. Now she's offerin...

Moms Bravely Share Their Real Stories Of Postpartum Anxiety And Depression

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents

A powerful new video puts a face -- in fact, many faces -- to postpartum depression and anxiety. Produced by blogger Jill Krause in partnership with ...

When Doctors Ignore Postpartum Depression

Marissa Kristal | Posted 09.25.2014 | Parents
Marissa Kristal

Weeks, months, even a year passed, and I did not feel like "me" again. In fact, by my daughter's first birthday, I didn't even know who "me" was. I knew who I used to be: a positive, cheerful, friendly gal who came alive when writing, being physically active, and spending time in nature.

My Nontraumatic Birth Was Traumatic to Me

Becky Schroeder | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

If you take my gorgeous, healthy baby out of this story, giving birth was the worst physical and emotional experience I have ever had. It was devastating. It devastated me so much I couldn't get past the shock when the nurses laid my baby's beautifully plump body across my chest, heart racing, sweat dripping from my brow.

Why I Couldn't Let Breastfeeding Go

Becky Schroeder | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

When some doctors told me I would have to stop breastfeeding so I could take medication to get better, I became even more depressed and hopeless. How could I give up the one the one thing I felt I was good at?

Throwing A New Mom Pity Party

Kate Rope | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Kate Rope

That's what life is -- messy and filled with highs and lows. And, when it comes to motherhood, we need to normalize the lows.