This week at Guideposts, I shared my struggles with Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and my advice for moms facing depression.
In the early weeks of my first pregnancy, I braced myself for the misery of morning sickness.
At seven weeks, when the nausea hit, it was worse than I’d imagined. I had pictured an upset stomach, maybe a bit of vomiting in the morning. I hadn’t foreseen an all-day sickness that made my mouth taste like dirt and made me loathe even the thought of food.
But I found comfort knowing I wasn’t alone. As I gagged on Saltine crackers, I reminded myself that it was a normal part of pregnancy. It would come to an end.
What I was completely unprepared for was the anxiety disorder that accompanied my pregnancy hormone surge.
I had always been a “worrier.” But whatever worries or anxiety I had experienced before paled in comparison to the panic and fears that took over my barely pregnant body.
When my son finally arrived, I was overcome with love. I adored him. But I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t sleep. I could barely force air into my lungs…
Have you experienced depression and anxiety? What has helped you get through the rough times?