It’s Monday, friends, which means it Mom Crush Monday. Today, Kaitlyn shares a mom story that is dear to my heart about why she takes medication for her postpartum depression and anxiety. I know there are many mamas who struggle with this same issue, and so, friends, I ask you to please read! Also, keep up with us on Instagram and follow the hashtag #momcrushmonday and #followthedyers every Monday to check out the awesome mom bloggers showing up right here on the blog!
Why I Take Medication
These are all things I felt when I became a new mama to my beautiful baby boy in January of 2016. This was not like what I heard motherhood was supposed to be like. Why didn’t I feel joy in taking care of this tiny human? Why didn’t I feel a bond with him like every mama talks about? Worst of all, why did I feel like I was the worst mom on the planet?
Little did I know, I was suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety. This made it extremely difficult for me to think clearly and to even begin to comprehend that motherhood is the best thing in the world, which I fully believe now.
The reason I now know that is because I started taking medication to help with the depression and anxiety, and I am not ashamed of it. I need the medication so that I don’t start to have scary thoughts of hurting myself and my baby again. I use the medication so that I feel hope for the future. I must take the medication so that I don’t get scary angry. I need the medication so that I can be a good wife and mama, and believe that I am.
There is a stigma in our society that if you take medication for mental health issues, you are in the wrong. That is so not true! You are facing the reality that you can’t do it on your own. For that, you are stronger than you will ever know.
Stop trying to be wonder-mama or wonder-dada. It is okay to ask for help. It is okay to admit when it is too much. I am so grateful that I did, or I would probably not still be here to watch my baby boy grow.
Kaitlyn Brough is a novice mama to a beautiful baby boy. She has come to realize in the last year that there is no such thing as a mama that has it all together. She loves the show “Parenthood” and spends her days snuggling her baby boy and husband. She is running a half marathon in June. She spent 5 days in the hospital earlier this year after the struggle with PPD became too much. She has made it her mission to help every mama realize that they are not alone in their fight against their mind. This is her sole purpose in launching her blog at the end of 2016.
Make sure to check out her blog, My Postpartum Life, and show her some love! Also, follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see more of her story!