By Hillari Dowdle Pregnancy was the healthiest time in my life. With baby on board, I finally found the motivation I needed to eat right, get enough rest and exercise.
At a recent mental health conference, I sat in a ballroom filled with the leading experts in the field of perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety. A heated topic emerged.
When Tony and I had Ziggy, the first few months were nightmarish. It was Christmas time in Seattle, and I remember having insomnia so bad I thought I had lost the ability to sleep.
Earlier this month, Postpartum Progress (www.postpartumprogress.com), the most widely-read blog in the United States on postpartum depression, launched a new service to help pregnant and new mothers get through the difficulty of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
A pivotal moment of my life came when I was a new mother suffering from postpartum depression/anxiety: I hit the proverbial wall and had finally gotten treatment.