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    20+ Postpartum Recovery Must Have Products of 2020

    The Best Postpartum Recovery Essentials of 2020 Giving birth is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. The empowerment behind growing a human and bringing life into the world is remarkable. However, what we don’t talk about enough is the postpartum recovery that comes after. When I was pregnant with my first child, I remember researching, reading, and hearing all about the pregnancy part of things and what the baby would need. Never did I think to ask what I would need or what I would feel as I embarked on recovering from childbirth. Thankfully, now after having my second child, I’ve learned a thing or two…

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    Guest Post by Sheree Reese: A Postpartum Depression Story

    I remember that moment. My heart fell to the pit of my stomach. Face numb—my hand gripping tightly on the pen with an overwhelming rush. I remember reading each question, glancing over at the nurse, and knowing very well my answers to these questions would determine whether they deemed me depressed. On a scale from 1-10…On a scale from 1-10…On a scale from 1-10…Over and over for the next 2-3 pages. I felt a rush of shame. Perhaps stigma made me worried? And so, I lied. I chose to answer neutrally or positively on every question. When in reality, I was on the far end of the spectrum feeling horrid…

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    Fiercely Postpartum: A Postpartum Support Group for Moms

    My postpartum depression journey has led me down various paths recently. The first path included just sharing my experience with PPD and how I recognized my signs and symptoms. The next path led to collaborating with another mom friend of mine who helped me create and publish a book on postpartum depression. Together, she and I created a guide for moms needing resources regarding PPD, how they can get their partners involved in their healing, testimonials from other moms, and also how pregnant moms can prepare for the possibility of PPD. Of all the things I’ve done in my life, I am most proud of the person I have become…

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    Postpartum Depression: The Signs of Living with PPD

    With every pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through drastic changes. At the end of each pregnancy, women experience different forms of postpartum healing. Some women experience postpartum depression and each level of depression varies from woman to woman. Postpartum depression also can strike at different times after baby is born. For me, I truly realized I was battling postpartum depression around the time my son turned four months old. To be honest, I was probably experiencing it sooner, but I didn’t want to admit it. Therefore, I wrote off all those feelings as something else. As a first-time mom, I really did not understand what was happening to my body,…

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    Postpartum Surprises

    As a little girl, I witnessed a friend’s older sister go into labor. I was playing with my friend in her room and all of a sudden, there was this frenzy in the house as everyone rushed around trying to figure out what to do because her sister’s water had broken and she was in pain. At the time, I lived just down the street so of course I was sent home while the family took her to the hospital to welcome her little boy into the world. Apparently I was traumatized by this experience because when I got home, I told my mom I would never have any babies…