May 14, 2018
Maternal Mental Health Month continues and so do we! Hearing real life situations and experience is so important for us. In this episode, Kate Rope talks about her personal experience with pregnancy and postpartum Anxiety.
She also shares about her book, Strong As A Mother, which addresses pregnancy, postpartum throughout the first year and pressures that society place on women. This is book is built to be a useable resource for moms to help guide them through the transition to motherhood.
*How having a medical test during pregnancy made her worry more.
*How a Pericarditis diagnosis lead to more testing, which lead to increased Anxiety and intrusive thoughts about illness
*Exhaustion from Anxiety
*Meeting with a Reproductive Psychiatrist for Anxiety and starting to take the medication Sertraline
*"Zoloft was sort of like a snooze button for my brain and I was able to rest"
*"Keep talking until you get somebody who listens"
*How her book, Strong As A Mother supports women to make the decisions that will help them through the journey into motherhood.
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KATE ROPE is an award-winning freelance journalist whose work has appeared in many publications and online outlets including The New York Times, Time, Real Simple, CNN.com, Shape, Glamour UK, BabyCenter, Parade and Parenting. She is author of the forthcoming, Strong as a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenting (St. Martin’s Press, May 2018), coauthor of The Complete Guide to Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding and lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters.