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Welcome to the Mom & Mind Podcast!

This podcast focuses on the Maternal Mental Health struggles related to becoming pregnant, being pregnant, birth and early parenthood. We talk about all of the stuff that you wish someone would have told you BEFORE you tried to be pregnant or have a baby. Postpartum depression is only part of the story.

The goal of this podcast to put all of this info out in the open. There’s no need to hide these very human experiences…so many people deal with these struggles. So, the podcast provides real life stories of moms, dads and family AND we will talk with experts, leaders and advocates in the field of maternal mental health and maternal health. You deserve to be informed!!!!

For more information and resources, go to www.momandmind.com

Jan 13, 2020

Welcome to a new year! This is a monumental year for me, as it marks ten years since I was pregnant with my daughter and experienced postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD. I never dreamed back then that I would be where I am today, trying to help moms and families because of my personal mental health experience. In today’s show, I’ll reflect on those thoughts and feelings that were so overwhelming for me.

Show Highlights:

  • As I look back, it’s easier to have compassion and a lighter heart about my experiences than it was a few years ago
  • My planned and wanted pregnancy was actually a break for me from the ups and downs of PMS
  • How I realized with reflection that anxiety was present in my life even before my pregnancy
  • How it felt like I had done something wrong when I experienced a bleeding episode during my pregnancy
  • Why positive and negative experiences get woven together as you reflect on the past
  • The shame and guilt that came with my mental health condition
  • Because of our deepest vulnerabilities, we don’t want to feel our feelings or talk about them
  • The shame, anger, and fear that make you feel alone
  • How scary and intrusive thoughts become traumatizing
  • Why good, specific therapy is crucial
  • My favorite parts of therapy in helping moms realize they aren’t crazy
  • Why I urge you to see a perinatal mental health specialist, join a support group, or find resources to get the help you need
  • The year I spent in an emotional freak-out space, feeling broken and alone
  • Finding a safe person to talk to who will understand
  • Why I am 100% sure that you can get better, too

Resources:

Postpartum

PSI Directory