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My Postpartum Blues Don’t Mean I’ve Failed at Motherhood

Want to help mothers dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety? Try listening, not judging.

New moms, especially those suffering postpartum depression and anxiety, can feel like their parenting skills are being scrutinized from every angle.

It’s hard to remember the draining, exuberant emotional fog that rolled in after my son was born. I was exhausted. I was in love. He was huge and always hungry, but my milk supply was low. Or I held him wrong. Or I was a failure.

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We Need to Stop Saying “Babies Ruin Bodies”

Before I became pregnant, someone told me, "don't have a baby, babies ruin your body." It has been over a year since Anabel began her life. This...Before I became pregnant, someone told me, "don't have a baby, babies ruin your body."

Before I became pregnant, someone told me, "don't have a baby, babies ruin your body."

It has been over a year since Anabel began her life. This time last year she was a microscopic speck inside me, and we were announcing our pregnancy. Between then and now, I have gained and lost fifty pounds. Four months after her birth, and my body still carries proof of her existence.

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