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👊 Overcoming PPD, Anxiety, and PTSD
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#infantandpregnancyloss remembrance day. Baby J 👼 6.27.13
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Praying for all of you beautiful mamas who have loved and lost.
Gosh, I have been wanting to participate in this #mommovement and share that I too have suffered with postpartum depression. I mean, it's a simple selfie. But half the time my 3 year old is hanging on me and if the phone is out, she thinks she's entitled to it. So I woke up before her, puffy eyes, messy bun and all, and I got it in! I even found paper.  Ok, i might have stolen a coloring page 🙈This #metoo campaign is to show you, you are not alone, to spread awareness. I've met so many people who were confused and didn't know they had it. This message is important. Remember, whatever is going on don't put yourself down. Its not you, it's postpartum depression.
Expecting moms, I know that you have enough on your mind with a baby on the way and putting all your focus on the birth.  But I want to put a little bug in your ear that is super important. In our recording of the Natural Postpartum Support Podcast with @diydoula, we discussed how another major way to prevent postpartum depression is managing your anxiety.  Here’s some techniques you can use:⠀
*Deep breathing ⠀
*Meditation⠀
*Doing lots of self-care⠀
*Yoga⠀
*Medication management⠀
*Nutritional management⠀
*Thyroid healing⠀
*Have extra support (childcare, house cleaning)⠀
*Make friends with anxiety.⠀
*Therapy⠀
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When anxiety hits, what’s your favorite technique? I try and practice self care every day. Baths are my fave!
Anxiety can actually be a good thing.  It's what has kept us alive for so long.  As a mom, part of our job is to make sure our little ones are safe.  But there's a fine line and when you cross it, anxiety can gain control.⠀
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I love this quote from @elizabeth_gilbert_writer and it hits the nail on the head.  This excerpt is taken from her book Big Magic.  Remember, accept the anxiety, but don't let it control your life. 💙
Alright, so we discussed postpartum depression last week.  It’s often used as an umbrella term for all the maternal mental health disorders which can be confusing.  On top of that, one of the symptoms of depression is anxiety.  Many women go a long time without knowing the true answer.  Let’s clear it up!⠀
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Anxiety has symptoms dealing with the brain and your thoughts as well as physical symptoms.  Some things you may be experiencing are: ⠀
Agitation⠀
Racing thoughts⠀
Constant worry⠀
Disturbance in sleep⠀
Inability to sit still⠀
Constant feeling like something bad is going to happen⠀
Tension⠀
Butterflies in your stomach⠀
Panic attacks⠀
Can’t keep food down⠀
Tightness in chest⠀
Dry mouth⠀
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There are many types of anxiety. It can show as social anxiety, panic attacks, or even perfectionism.  It can get tricky, but I fully believe that you know yourself better than anyone. It’s important to figure out what’s really going on so that you can heal.  The diagnosis one of the biggest factors in healing because once that’s determined you can come up with a healing plan. ⠀
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If you know you have anxiety, and are looking for that healing plan, DM me, I’d love to help you.
This week, I discussed about two major preventions for postpartum depression, how it's difficult to spot and the confusions, and today I want to touch on the resources available to you.⠀
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There are 3 simple ways to seek professional treatment and what provider is right for you.⠀
1. You can get a referral from a Primary Care Physician⠀
2. Referral from a well-child visit (which I love because you're going to be there frequently anyway!)⠀
3. Direct provider contact⠀
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There are a number of providers out there:⠀
*Clinical Social Worker⠀
*Licensed Professional Counselor⠀
*Marriage and Family Therapist⠀
*Clinical Psychologist⠀
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There are also in-person support groups as well as warmlines/hotlines. The biggest takeaway I want you to get is that you want someone explicitly trained as a mental health care provider, with a specialty in maternal mental health.⠀
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If you're looking for support outside of these avenues, I'd welcome you to check out my Natural Postpartum Support group in FB.  Just search Natural Postpartum Support in the search bar.
I've been working on a podcast (coming Early 2018) with my friend and colleague Dr. Danielle Jenkins, PsyD (@diydoula ). She's a psychologist specializing in maternal mental health and did her dissertation on preventing postpartum depression.⠀
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If you're an expecting mom, one of the biggest things she says you can do to set yourself up for success is building your support system.  This quote definitely hits the nail on the head. In my postpartum journey, I think this was a huge factor and I bet you can relate too.  Moving to a new state with no friends, family hours away, and a husband that worked 12-14 hours a day was really tough on me with a baby.⠀
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Here's some ideas for finding support:⠀
*MOPS International⠀
*Church groups if you're spiritual⠀
*Co-ops⠀
*Find moms at the local park⠀
*Join a Buy Nothing group on FB⠀
*Find FB Groups specifically for postpartum depression/anxiety. Search Natural Postpartum Support in the FB search bar for my group.⠀
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There's also support for postpartum depression online:⠀
*Postpartum Stress Center⠀
*Postpartum Support International⠀
*Perinatal Support⠀
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Let me know in the comments, what were some ways you found support?
I've had some recent new followers and wanted to give an introduction to you all and welcome you!⠀
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For those of you who don't know me, I'm Katie, holistic health coach, wife, dog mom, and mother to a 3 year old girl. I reside in Georgia after having lived in Texas, Arizona, and Illinois, but we're always up for an adventure and who knows if we'll stay put. Hint: probably not!⠀
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If you were to look at this picture, you wouldn't think anything of it. I was out hiking with my family a couple years ago, got to see a spectacular waterfall, and as you can see I was smiling. Here's the thing you can't tell from a picture, I was suffering from postpartum depression. It can be hard to spot in some cases, especially as an outsider.⠀
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What I am passionate about is spreading the awareness of postpartum depression, what it really looks like, and how to manage it through a natural approach.⠀
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The truth is, I didn't know I had it until she was almost 2 years old. It breaks my heart to know I can never get that time back.  I don't want that for you. ⠀
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The first step to healing is figuring out what's wrong.  Social media can make things foggy for us.  It can be confusing after giving birth to see so many memes about mom brain, how frazzled you look after you put the kids to bed, and more.  We begin to think it's normal as a mom to experience these things, when in fact, it's just common. ⠀
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20-25% of moms experience postpartum depression, making it a very typical thing.  So I'm hear to weed out the confusion. Stay with me and I'll share resources, some symptoms of postpartum depression, healing tools, and more!⠀
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I'd love to hear from you! What is one tip you have for moms during their postpartum period?
Fall is in full swing and I've got some things on my fall bucket list. ⠀
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One of my favorite things to do each season is pick fruit. I have memories of apple picking as a child and so glad I can pass it down to Makena.  And it's so healing for my postpartum depression.  We're all told how important meditation is, but sometimes it's just too hard to fit into our busy lifestyles. ⠀
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Fruit picking is actually a really powerful meditation. It's an act of respect and gratitude to our Earth. Simply touching the apple is grounding. Think of your body's movement as you pick the apples with the different bends and stretches. ⠀
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For more intentional picking, think about the life cycle of the fruit. It didn't just start producing fruit, it took time to mature. Remember our lives go through similar cycles. Give yourself grace through the different seasons. 🗒Info source: @medicalmedium
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I'd like to know, what's on your fall bucket list?
Some words of love for you today. Just know that I fully believe in you. There are tough days, weeks, months, maybe even years. But you are strong enough to get through it.  You've got this!
My new breakfast inspiration. A quinoa bowl loaded with superfoods has replaced my eggs. ⠀
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Why? Because of @medicalmedium . My whole life, I've had these beliefs about health. They simply made sense, yet no one was following it. I always thought there was a root cause to each sickness and tried avoiding medicine if possible. That belief came full circle this summer.⠀
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I lived on the Standard American Diet. It's what I was taught as right as most people are. Fast forward to 2014 after the birth of my daughter, and I was hit hard with postpartum depression. As a holistic health coach, I searched for answers. Thinking it was mainly emotional, I worked on stress management, asking for help, doing less, and practiced self care. It helped, but the depression lingered. One day I came upon an article that stated my PPD could be a symptom of thyroid problems.  Now I felt I was getting somewhere. I went on a Paleo diet for a couple months. Again, I improved, but knew I could still feel better. I couldn't eat all this meat forever. I always felt best on a plant-based diet.⠀
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Finally, someone recommended Anthony William. I've never devoured so much content, so fast in my life. I read his book, joined his FB group, followed his blog, and binge-listened to the radio show. My depression was in fact a symptom, and it was more than just emotional. I had heavy metals & toxins, adrenal dysfunction, and Epstein Barr Virus. ⠀
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I found my answer after years of searching. I have a smoothie with my toddler most mornings, green juice for snacks, and am transitioning into a vegan diet. Knowing the answer was very healing in itself, but through this journey, I no longer have adrenal dysfunction! The toxins will take some time to remove after decades of abusing my liver, but I feel a little better with each day. There's so much hope when there wasn't before.  The best part is, I am starting my 3 year old daughter on the right foot. That's the thing I'm most proud of.
Best thing you can do to take care of yourself mama is a good breakfast. Green smoothies are my favorite! Makena drinks it (#momwin) it's easy to whip up, and I can take it in the go. What's your go to breakfast?