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It only took three days after my daughter was born for me to realize something was very wrong—not with her, but with me.

When it comes to postpartum depression (PPD) I am the 1 in 7 mother that develops PPD after childbirth.  

Postpartum depression manifests itself differently for everyone.  For the first days, weeks & months following giving birth it felt like I was drowning into a dark hole.  

 

PPD had negative impacts on me as a wife and mom in ways I wish it hadn't but in some aspects, experiencing postpartum depression has made a better person and helped in rediscovering my identity and becoming the mom I pictured being.

If you are struggling with PPD I hope the rest of this article can offer some encouragement and guidance through the bad days.  If you aren't sure how your currently feeling - you can learn more about PPD and its stressors, causes, and side effects at the bottom of the post.

IM A BETTER PERSON NOW BECAUSE:

 

1. It gave me thick skin.  I didn't realize how much I looked to others for approval or praise or how much weight I put on what others thought.  Without going through the torture of PPD the support I often was met with was its all in your head.  You've got nothing to be sad about, etc.  Those things are hard to hear at an emotionally vulnerable stage.  I want to raise my daughter to have a thick skin and be a strong women 

 

I care less what others are doing, thinking & saying:  The stress and anxiety levels brought on by my PPD was so exhausting that putting myself in any situation to cause that same level of stress again would be insanity.  I'm more relaxed as a mom and its made my energy around charlotte healthier & happier.

 

I'm writing this article 10 months postpartum and still have a long way to go.  I've found making time for certain things throughout the day and certain "hobbies" have helped in making me feel more like myself which Ill put together in a list & share later this week.