postpartum

Ask Erin: I Need Help With Postpartum Depression

I’ve been trying to overcome postpartum depression for eight months, but there is no healing at all. (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

I’ve been trying to overcome postpartum depression for eight months, but there is no healing at all.

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A Tattoo Helped Heal My Postpartum Blues​

I wasn’t sure a tattoo would help me move through the hollowness, but I’m glad I spread my wings and took that chance.

I wasn’t sure a tattoo would help me move through the hollowness of my postpartum, but I’m glad I spread my wings and took that chance.

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Learning To Love My Belly Jelly​

“I just love your squishy belly!” Then, as only children can do, he gave it a nickname: belly jelly.

“I just love your squishy belly!” Then, as only children can do, he gave it a nickname: belly jelly. So I'm learning to love my belly jelly.

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Kate Middleton To Tammy Duckworth: Redefining Postpartum? Or Just Pushing Women To Do More?

By Ricky Wilson [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I wish that our culture valued the most vital month postpartum as a time for healing our bodies and holding our babies. Sadly, I’m not sure we ever will.

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I Had Postpartum Anxiety, But I Didn’t Fail At Motherhood

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I am a good mom for taking care of my needs — for getting the help of therapy and medication for my postpartum anxiety, even if I needed it sooner.

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From Pregnancy To Pole Dancing

How I lost and found myself through pole dancing after becoming a mom.

I let go of my own judgment and felt the weight of the past few years falling away. I lost and found myself through pole dancing after becoming a mom.

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Rav’s Repro: Postpartum Self-Care 

Postpartum Self-Care (image credit: Mariah Aro Sharp @mightymooseart)

Self-care can be a challenge for many of us. Add a newborn and a body recovering from childbirth, and postpartum self-care gets a whole lot tougher.

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Rav’s Repro: Failure To Thrive 

I know in my heart that these feelings of failure will pass. I know that I can't expect myself to be a robot and be perfect at handling everything, all at once, all the time.

Failure to thrive. It’s an awful term. All I heard was failure. In my mind, over and over, you’ve failed him, you’ve failed him.

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What Is A Post-Baby Body, Anyway?

image credit my kids and Irina Shayk's instagram

Not "How does she look like that four months after having a baby?" More like "HOW DOES SHE LOOK LIKE THAT AT ALL?"

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Postpartum Depression: We're Still Just "Sucking It Up"

Mental health issues can be particularly difficult to speak of on their own, but postpartum mood disorders might be even harder to disclose.

Margot had struggled long and hard, she admitted, and I instantly let her know that I could relate. I didn’t want her to feel vulnerable or alone, but more than that, it was true.

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