Postpartum Depression (PPD). Let's talk about it...why it happens, who it happens to and how to tell if you are experiencing symptoms? I am passionate about this subject as I experienced it myself. I want to share my story with you.
Having my first child, I thought things would be easy. I read all the books and had so many great friends and moms surrounding me. I exercised, slept and had a supportive husband. My daughter was healthy and happy --so why wasn't I?
Symptoms of PPD can be tricky to identify because the early weeks of motherhood are challenging to both the mind and body, and so many changes are happening at once.
Being a mom is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs in the world. Sounds cliche, I know. Before I became a mom, I never knew just how much physical strength mommy-ing requires. Lifting, holding, bending, pushing. All with a wriggling 10 pound being that can't even hold his head up!
So how do I become the Super Mom, that takes care of my Super Baby?
Here at Mommy Ready, we've found that finding Super Strength comes through correct core function. Learning how to use your core muscles (abs, pelvic floor, etc.) properly after childbirth is what we teach you in the Mommy Ready Postpartum program.
Imagine your core muscle group as a cylinder around your spine....
What was the moment I gave myself away? It used to belong to me, this body. I used to own it. I controlled it. No longer.
My body has changed, it's true. The slender lines of youth have given way to the padded curves of maturity. Once-smooth skin is now decorated with fine lines and signs of stretching. Sometimes I stand before the mirror and marvel at the transformation that is this body.
These are just outside indicators of a deeper reality. A reality that my body is not mine. I gave it away and I did so freely. It has been several years now since it happened. Lying in a hospital bed, my body performed its last free act; its final sacrifice: I gave life to a child. I became a mother....