Why do I feel like I can’t breathe and my chest is so tight?

I had severe postpartum anxiety after my second son. I self-diagnosed after sitting with the feelings that come from it and realizing that my body’s reaction wasn’t matching with my reality. For instance, I would think to myself, I am just playing with my sons, why do I feel like I can’t breathe and my Read more about Why do I feel like I can’t breathe and my chest is so tight?[…]

I was not fine, I had no idea how not fine I was.

In December I found out that I was suffering from postpartum depression bipolar with mania. Yes, I went 8 months undiagnosed with bipolar depression with mania. The signs that we didn’t see were overworking and not sleeping. When my daughter was born I took only 2 weeks off from work. I did not properly recover Read more about I was not fine, I had no idea how not fine I was.[…]

Being on the other side of my postpartum anxiety

I remember after having my first child four years ago, being careful of watching myself for postpartum depression signs. What I wasn’t looking out for or even knew much about was postpartum anxiety. As we brought my son home and the dust started to settle with our new world things started to unravel quickly. The Read more about Being on the other side of my postpartum anxiety[…]

I found it so hard to believe that the thoughts were illness driven

My story so far……. So, I’m a 30-year-old mum of 2 beautiful children, a 4-year-old daughter and a 6-month-old son. I wanted to share my story to help raise awareness and to help others out there that are suffering. Most people have heard of postnatal depression but no one talks about postnatal anxiety or OCD. Read more about I found it so hard to believe that the thoughts were illness driven[…]

“My dark Stranger” living with me

I am a UK mum of two little girls (aged 4.5 and 6 years old) and a survivor of two battles with my maternal mental health. Following the birth of both my daughters, I was left fighting my way through severe Postnatal Depression and the terrifying illness known as Postpartum Psychosis. The Psychosis, unfortunately, started Read more about “My dark Stranger” living with me[…]

Great Expectations: My Experience with Postpartum Depression

I titled this post Great Expectations because expectations played a big part in my experience with PPD/PPA. Having had PPD/PPA with my first child, I knew there was a 50/50 chance it would return. I even had a plan. But somehow I thought maybe it wouldn’t. The writing was on the wall. I was having Read more about Great Expectations: My Experience with Postpartum Depression[…]