In todayâ€™s show, Episode 10,Â we are humbled to speak with ErinÂ HegerÂ about her powerful experience with postpartum depression (PPD).
Erin is the mother to nine-month-old Camden and is here to tell her story of going through a difficult time in the months following his birth, in hopes that it will give othersÂ going through a similar experience the permission and courage to seek help.
Erin says she enjoyed being pregnant and, though she had a previous miscarriage, she didnâ€™t experience much discomfort and there were no health concerns.
Camdenâ€™sÂ birth went as she had hoped and planned. In fact, she was only in the hospitalÂ for two hours before heÂ was born.Â However, due to the accelerated rate of the birth, instead of feeling like a â€œwarriorâ€ or â€œGoddessâ€ afterwards, she just felt exhausted and broken.
Unfortunately, these feelings didnâ€™t stop once they went home.Â She felt everyone had lied to her about how great motherhood was.
She convinced herself things would get better, and that Camden would be less difficult, around theÂ 12-weekÂ mark but things only got worse.
In a desperate attempt forÂ change, she took Camden to the doctor thinking there was something wrong with him. The doctor immediately recognized it was Erin who neededÂ help.
The diagnosis of PPD left Erin feeling shocked, confused, and ashamed. So much so that she says accepting it was one of the hardest parts of the whole process.
Now, she wants others to know that, while being a mother is difficult at times, it should never be completely void of happiness. She feels one of the biggest indications of PPD is not being able to enjoy any aspect of being a mother.
ErinÂ also providesÂ other indicationsÂ of PPD, explains her self-care routine,Â and talks aboutÂ how importantÂ it is to realizeÂ itâ€™s okay to ask for and accept help.
Some quotes from the show:Â
â€œI remember asking people, â€˜When does it get better? WhenÂ amÂ I going to be happy about this?â€™â€ â€“ ErinÂ Heger
â€œThis might feel a little preachy but I just really do want to say to anybody who might be going through something similar that you are not broken. You are not wrong. You are not messed up and you are not a bad mom.â€ â€“ ErinÂ Heger
Erin documented herÂ journey on her blog as it was happening and has purposefully left the older postsÂ upÂ so others going through something similar might recognize their own struggles.
To read these posts visit Erinâ€™s blogÂ here.
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Erin also had an article about her experience published on on Romper HERE.
Erin has graciously agreed to answer your questions in the Mindful Mama Movement Facebook Group so head on over and ask away.
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Thank you Erin and thank you mamas for being here.
Shannon & Ashley