What if, similar to adolescence, we thought of the transition to motherhood as matrescence? How could women benefit?Read More
Postpartum OCD involves repetitive, intrusive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and behavior designed to avoid or relieve the thoughts (compulsions).Read More
Referred to as "the hidden disorder;" screenings that test for depression can sometimes miss anxiety.Read More
What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is depression that starts 2 weeks-1 year after having a child. (Though untreated, symptoms can linger longer than 1 year.) About 15% of women experience postpartum depression. While certainly hormonal/chemical changes that occur during pregnancy and delivery can affect mental health; women who adopt and new fathers can also experience postpartum depression.Read More
I LOVE that the concept of emotional labor or mental labor is being more widely discussed. This kind of labor, mostly referred to around running a household, involves the noticing, remembering and the delegating of our household tasks. For example, deciding what to make for dinner, or noticing the household is out of toilet paper, or keeping track of the grocery list in your head. Most of this labor falls to women.Read More
"Curiosity is one of the most powerful forms of love and respect you can show to another person. Truly wanting to know what their perspective is, where they are coming from, what they like and don't like and why is one of the most intimate communications you can convey."Read More
1. Normalize. Realize that your anxious thoughts, constant worry, even intrusive thoughts, can be normal symptoms of a postpartum mood issue. Much like a runny nose is the sign of a cold, these thoughts are just a symptom of your condition, nothing more. They don't have to do with what kind of mother you are.Read More