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The Importance of Connecting

I recently got the chance to sit around the table with some amazing women and talk about what I do every day and how it has impacted my life and the lives of others. This might be one of my favorite topics, given how social media and blogging has changed my life. I feel like […] The post The Importance of Connecting appeared first on Postpartum Progress.         

Taking an Active Role in Your Postpartum Recovery

Belief Shared community Information These items are the beginning tools for a successful recovery from postpartum mood disorder. I say this confidently, because I believe in recovery being possible. I was once someone who never felt that I’d be normal again nor that I’d ever find my way back to who I used to be. Show More Summary

When You Compare Yourself To Mothers Without Postpartum Mood Disorder

From my viewpoint, everyone around me had it together. I saw the dark-haired mom seated on the other sofa in the gathering room. Her hair was smooth and fell neatly to her shoulders. Her three-month-old daughter looked up at her from her knee, dressed in a spotless blue one-piece. Show More Summary

Warrior Moms and Social Media: Benefits and Pitfalls

My lifeline throughout my recovery from postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety was social media.  I credit Google for leading me here to Postpartum Progress.  From this website I found the blogs of fellow Warrior Moms.  I found...Show More Summary

Six Things You Should Know About Antidepressants and Pregnancy

In light of the recent uproar over the article on antidepressants and pregnancy that was published this week on the New York Times‘ Well Blog, I thought I would pause today on the unknowns that likely burden every single mom who suffers...Show More Summary

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Submit Your Story for New Postpartum Anthology

Approximately 1 in 7 women suffer from postpartum depression after having a baby. Many more may experience depression during pregnancy, postpartum anxiety, OCD, and more. Postpartum depression is in fact the most common pregnancy-related complication, more widespread than gestational diabetes, preterm labor, or pre-eclampsia. Show More Summary

Off to Preschool: Postpartum Depression Milestones

I tearfully sent off my nearly four-year old PPD baby to preschool yesterday.  She beamed with excitement and pride as she marched off to “big girl” school with her older sister, a first grader.  I spent my day alternating between sorrow and happiness. Show More Summary

New York Times’ Biased Reporting On Antidepressants And Pregnancy Hurts Moms

On September 1st, the New York Times published a misleading and irresponsible article on antidepressants and pregnancy: Possible Risks of Antidepressants to Newborns. It was published in print on September 2 as well with the headline...Show More Summary

Head Vs. Heart: Why Postpartum Feelings Matter

My (baby) cousin gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this week. The night before her delivery, I got a text from her: “Is it normal not to be excited?” My heart sank a little. Just a smidge. She was having a scheduled c-section for breech presentation and it wasn’t the birth she’d had in […] The post Head Vs. Show More Summary

Authenticity Instead of Perfection

Authenticity is defined as real, not false or imitation. Original. Genuine. This is what we should strive for as women, as mothers, as people. To be that which we are deep down instead of cookie cutter copies of those around us. It’s...Show More Summary

You Can’t Tell A Mom Has Postpartum Depression By Looking

You can’t tell when a mother has postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD or PTSD just by looking at her. People assume it should be fairly obvious, except it isn’t. We can get pretty good at hiding how we are feeling and what we are thinking. Show More Summary

When You Are Thinking About Suicide

Suicide is a terrible thing. The loss of actor and comedian Robin Williams is a somber reminder to all of us that depression is a horrible disease and it can drag anyone down. That is why we try to be ever so vigilant here at Postpartum...Show More Summary

What If You’re Still Fighting PPD?

Last week was a big week here at Postpartum Progress. It was the site’s 10th anniversary, and therefore the 10th anniversary of Katherine’s start as a powerful advocate for women with postpartum depression and similar mood disorders....Show More Summary

Navigating Your Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder

Photo Credit: Yuki Ishikawa Photography via Compfight cc As a mom with bipolar disorder who blogs openly about my experiences surviving a postpartum mood disorder, people often ask my opinion on ways to deal with and manage their diagnosis. Show More Summary

It’s Harmful to Pretend to be Supermom

Photo Credit: HamburgerJung via Compfight cc I remember all the feelings from when I had my first baby almost six years ago. Joy, utter disbelief at how we created something so freaking amazing, relief, exuberance, nervousness, exhaustion. Show More Summary

Quick (and Perhaps Obvious) Reminders About Self-Care

  The number one mantra we must learn as recovering women is: the best way to care for everyone else is to care for you first. Sounds easy, right? From experience, I can say that as mamas, this is singlehandedly the hardest thing for most of us to learn. Show More Summary

Reward and Risk: My Decision to Stay On An SSRI During Pregnancy

Nearly two years to the day after my overdue diagnosis of postpartum depression and anxiety, I found myself pregnant and still on an SSRI. We had been trying; I had done my research, consulted my OB and my Pediatrician for their thoughts...Show More Summary

Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis: Part 2

Trigger Warning: This is part 2 of a 2 part story (part 1 can be read here) of my misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis after giving birth in 2009. This post contains some references and details about Postpartum OCD, Intrusive Thoughts, miscarriage, and D&C. Show More Summary

The emotional aftermath of pregnancy loss

Trigger Warning: pregnancy loss, D&C If you are feeling particularly vulnerable/sensitive, you may want to skip this post or may need to stop reading part way through. If that’s the case, here’s a video of pandas playing on a slide.Show More Summary

What if you’re not better?

Last week was a big week here at Postpartum Progress. It was the site’s 10th anniversary, and therefore the 10th anniversary of Katherine’s start as a powerful advocate for women with postpartum depression and similar mood disorders....Show More Summary

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