Mama Story – Jessica
This week I’m sharing Jessica’s maternal mental health story. Jessica had never experienced any clinical mental health disorder previous to having children. She had a “normal” pregnancy and healthy delivery, but as you will find out she had some medical complications following her delivery that consumed her maternity leave. So, on top of the normal first time mom overwhelm, she was managing multiple doctor appointments, infections, and the looming date of returning to work.
A couple weeks before returning to work, she experienced one of her friends gave birth and Jessica had a hard time talking to her about her labor and delivery. This was the turning point for Jessica, she realized that she was suffering and needed help.
She discusses her birth, the trauma she experienced from her birth and postpartum experience, and what helped her manage her symptoms.