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11/05/2009 at 12:03 pm | Posted in PPD | 7 Comments
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A little while back, I discovered Postpartum Progress, a wonderful resource-packed blog about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum. The blog’s author, Katherine Stone, has built a great community over there and recently has been recognized for her work with a couple of top-100 Technorati blog rankings.

One of the biggest reasons I started pretty*swell is, I hope, to help moms suffering from postpartum mood disorders. By sharing stories about my toddler or my obsession with Etsy or a movie I just saw, I’m hoping that new moms will see that life after baby will become “normal” again. Although, the definition of “normal” for me has changed into this marvelous, wacky life I never knew was possible and for which I am deeply grateful.

I survived postpartum depression, and I want other moms to know that they will too.

In fact, I tell every sleep-deprived, frustrated new mom I know that it WILL get better. And when I work up the nerve to have another child, that will definitely be my mantra. (Anything will be better than the stuff I used to shout at M during that third or fourth middle-of-the-night newborn wake-up call. Have I mentioned how very patient my husband is?)

The point of this post? I’m getting there. Bear with me.

Since I began blogging three months ago, I’ve heard from all sorts of moms in all sorts of places. New moms, PPD survivors, moms of toddlers. The community is HUGE, and I’ve only just dipped in my toes.

I’m thrilled to have connected with so many women (and even one dad — yay!) and honored to be part of the Postpartum Progress community as a member of Katherine’s blogroll. I hope that my presence there, as well as in this little corner of the Web known as pretty*swell, will help other moms, no matter what your story.

Becoming a mother was one of the most isolating experiences of my life. But then, I started talking. To family, friends, even my neighbors. And a little community rallied around me and helped me thrive. With Web resources like Postpartum Progress and blogs by other survivor moms, my community is growing by the day.

If you’re struggling, reach out.

All it takes is the click of a mouse.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. It really does help to know others are out there sharing their stories. And it really does grt better, doesn’t it?

    • YES! Sometimes I stop in the middle of doing something with Small Fry and think to myself, I never thought I’d get here. But I did. I also never thought I’d get to read a book or eat a meal outside of my home, but now those things are a regular part of my life. With help and time, hope returned. Just need to keep that at the forefront of my thoughts next time!

  2. you rock, Suzanne! we are not alone 🙂

    • Thanks, Melissa. You are a big reason I got the help I needed and recovered. YOU rock!

  3. GREAT post, Suzanne! Every mom needs her own little community for support and encouragement. Thanks for helping to bring the issue of postpartum mood disorders into the discussion of motherhood. It happens to so many moms, and it really helps to talk about it!

  4. Your blog is an inspiration to many moms! Thanks for sharing your experiences. Keep up the good work.

  5. Hearing “it will get better” is something that gets lost amid the unwelcome lecturing and advice moms usually get but yet is often the phrase that helps the most. 🙂


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