I never talked to anyone about how sad I was after my first child was born. Looking back on it, I’m sure I had post postpartum depression (PPD) and I didn’t realize it.
We had feeding/nursing and sleeping issues, all very normal new mommy issues, but ours were compounded by extreme external events.
Within three months of my son being born, I out-processed from being active duty Air Force, packed up all of our belongings, and moved from Germany back to South Carolina.
We were homeless, jobless, and I had a newborn.
That summer was crazy. We lived in my moms house and tried to figure out our game plan. I launched myself headfirst into being a Pampered Chef consultant, because I honestly had no idea what to do with myself. I was so used to working 12-14 hour days doing something important and taking care of a newborn just didn’t fill that void.
Then you can throw into the mix that my father had a massive heart attack, followed six weeks later by a major stroke, followed by his house catching on fire.
It was a little stressful, and I’ll never know whether all of those factors are what caused me to be depressed, or if the depression would have been there anyway?
My whole world had completely changed, and I was miserable.
I wish that I’d had someone to talk to.
I loved my baby, but I did not bond well with him initially.
I was never the type of mother who just couldn’t stand to not have her newborn in her arms. I was fine with him being in his swing or bassinet. I would eagerly pass him off to someone else if anyone offered.
I didn’t really realize at the time that that was not normal behavior for a brand new, first time mom.
Post postpartum depression is real and it is serious. It is the #1 complication of childbirth in the United States!
In a culture where new mothers often struggle with depression, and feel guilty or ashamed for being unhappy, a source of support and kindness can be like a lifeline to a drowning person.
No one should have to go through it alone.
I am really pleased to support Pamela Zimmer, a mother, #1 bestselling author and mentor to moms struggling with Postpartum Depression.
Pamela is offering a free mentoring session on August 19th
“Hopeless to Happy: 5 Simple Solutions to Beat Postpartum Depression NOW!”
If you or someone you know is finding things look especially bleak despite the bright joy of a new baby, please look into what Pamela is offering. In the free session, she will give moms some insight into what PPD looks like and how frighteningly common it is (the #1 complication of childbirth!). She’ll also go deep into the recovery process so you can start healing right away.
Pamela’s approach is one of kindness, but it is backed with research and experience. She herself has overcome PPD after a long struggle, and I recommend her mentorship as a complement to medical treatment for depression.
This call is for you if:
- You are a new mom (though not necessarily for the first time)
- You feel like something is wrong, but don’t know what to do about it
- You want to be happy and laugh with your baby instead of crying or feeling guilty all the time!
- You want to clear your head and feel like yourself again
- You want to be a better mom, a better friend or lover, and a happier YOU
Click HERE to reserve your spot for the FREE call on August 19th.
It’s entirely free and there is no obligation; I hope you’ll join in!
If you know anyone who can also benefit from Pamela’s mentorship, I hope you’ll pass this link on. The more women who can be reached and helped, the better:
Disclosure: This preview session is free and comes with absolutely no obligation, but the complete HAPPY Mommy Method™ program does have an investment fee. Because I believe in what Pamela is doing and have agreed to spread the word, she may offer me a commission if you choose to enroll in the full series.
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Janine Huldie saysAugust 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm
Aww, this sounds like a wonderful mentoring session and I totally remember those first few months of being a first, time new mom and how overwhelmed and crazed I felt at times. Might not have been full blown postpartum here, but still would have benefited from something like this. so, definitely think this is awesome and so happy to here something like this is being offered to those in need. Thanks for sharing, Alexa, too.
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another jennifer saysAugust 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm
I know several women who have suffered from PPD. You know what? I only found out after the fact. We need to talk more about PPD and learn how to support mothers who may be suffering.
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Katie @ Pick Any Two saysAugust 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm
I know several moms who struggled with PPD, some of them with their first baby and some with their second. There really is a veil of silence around the issue; I think many women are afraid to admit they are struggling with it for fear of being seen as a bad mother. Thank you for spreading the word and breaking that silence! This mentoring session sounds very helpful, I hope it reaches a lot of moms who need the extra support.
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Liv saysAugust 12, 2014 at 4:02 am
I admire you Kat. It takes a lot of courage to admit those things, not just to the public, but to yourself. And it’s wonderful that you’re trying to turn something difficult for you into something positive for someone else.
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