**We are not medical professionals and do not claim to be..we are simply sharing personal experiences.**
Postpartum Depression "PPD" has thankfully been a less taboo topic talked about and brought to the surface of conversation over the last few years thanks to social media, but it has not always been this way.
My son will be seven this August, and let me tell you-- I had no idea what I was in for as a new mom. I had absolutely no idea what PPD/PPA was. I had never even heard of it, but I definitely experienced it.
I'll never forget the day we took our son to his first doctors appointment after bringing him home from the hospital. I cried uncontrollably all day from the moment we woke up that morning, to the moment we went to bed that night.
I remember my husband asking me "what is wrong, are you okay?" and all I could say was "I don't know". It was such a strange feeling. Of course I was exhausted from the birth I had just experienced, and we were adjusting to a new life, but "why can I not stop crying"I asked myself over and over.
I experienced many days and eventually weeks following his birth feeling like this. I felt irrational fear that I believe goes beyond just being a new mom. I was anxious all of the time. I wanted to be alone. My mood swings were all over the place. I was angry. I was sad. I was nervous.
I just had a baby, aren't I supposed to be happy? Aren't I supposed to be glowing with joy? What is wrong with me? Am I a bad mom?
These are all questions that ran through my mind what felt like a million times a day.
I'm thankful that the stigma surrounding postpartum depression and anxiety has started to fade as mothers seem to be rallying together to educate and support one another.
Here at What Little Wonder, we never want you to feel alone or unseen as a mother, especially a new mother. We want to help equip you with what to expect after giving birth by sharing stories of mamas like you, different from you, from the same walks of life to maybe different walks of life. We are all in this together.
We will be sharing stories of mamas like you in the weeks to come. We will also be sharing some self-care tips and encouragement for when you are in the trenches of it.
You are not alone. You are not a bad mom. You are the best mama for your child.