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The importance of good friends.. 🤓 they accept your weirdness, inability to take serious photos, and ugly cry faces.. 🙈 they hug you tight, and don’t let go when you’re in need of love you can’t show yourself.. 👭 they watch you eat things you shouldn’t, listen to your verbal diarrhoea, cheer on your goals, and make sure you know your worth💭 they cherish your kids like their own, make you cups of tea on your spontaneous arrival, and send you random Snapchats. 🤪 I’m pretty damn lucky to have this weirdo in my life. She’s one of my people, my confidante and biggest fan 📣 Aaaaaand I’m excited that this one is bringing her biz @say.it.with.sweetness back for some Christmas goodness!! Hello sweets 🍰🧁🍪🤤 . . . . #kateandamber #amberandkate #squad #mamasgonewild 🕯#thisrealmama #geelongmums #geelongblogger #celebratelife 🎈 #mumlife #girlbossesau 🗝 #parentingblog #bloggersau #mummyblogger #mytinymoments #minifield #thisrealmamareality 🧸 #amberdoeslife #our_everyday_moments #simplejoys #uniteinmotherhood 🥳 #documentyourdays #bloggingmum  #trmselfloveproject 💙 #smallwinsbigdreams #healingmindbodyspirit ☀️ #shareyourstory #pandaawarenessweek #lifeunscripted #perfectlyimperfect ✌️
#repost @kelly_oakey with @make_repost ・・・ It’s creeped up on me twice now. The first time it stole my sanity and it tried to take my life.  It broke my family’s heart and it sent me away. It didn’t break me. I got stronger. Wiser. The second time around, Postpartum, we were smarter. We knew the warning signs, we caught it early. The confusion, delusions, the paranoia, the no sleep. They asked me if I’d had thoughts of harming my baby. Not me, not once! They told me I had to stay there without him, they didn’t have the facilities. I felt a fire burn inside me, I was nothing like I was the first time, I just needed some medication.  The room was so clinical, like a jail cell. I couldn’t stay here.  I needed to be with my family.  I knew they were trying to help, but this time Mum new best.  I used my voice and stood my ground. They let me go home and I took responsibility. I took my meds, got my sleep, accepted help.  6 weeks on and I’m back to normal. I check in with my GP, see a mental health doctor regularly and I take my meds.  Postpartum psychosis affects 1 to 2 in every 1000 woman. Whoever you are, I hope you know that your not alone and whatever mental illness you may be fighting, it will never define you. There is so much help available if your willing to accept it. I’ve been hesitant to share my story, but it’s panda awareness week and if I can help break the stigma, why not.  @pandanational #pandaawarenessweek #perinatalanxietyanddepression #motherhood #postpartumpsychosis #mentalhealth #mentalillness #breakthestigma
• M A M A  L O V E •  You see a bench full of dishes to clean.  I see a cup that is flooded over with love and gratitude right now.  You see a house full of toys to be tripped over, picked up and put away.  I see a heart that is melting with the reminder of children’s sweet joy and innocence.  You visualise toddler tantrums from over stimulation.  I see a two year old sleeping soundly like an angel dreaming of the day she’ll play like that again.  To My Sisters. My Mamas. Fellow Heroines. Tribe.  Today you had a morning out.  Today you also filled one woman’s heart with that much love it could literally burst. You filled me up so much my eyes can’t help but overflow. In awe of each of your strengths. With the sincerest of thanks for your presence and openness.  In deepest gratitude for PANDA for giving me the courage and opportunity to unite.  Thank you thank you thank you.  Ps. To the ones who couldn’t make it. Never worry - my door is always open and I feel this is only a beginning... From my very full mama bear heart to yours....🐻
As PANDA, Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness week has drawn to an end, please remember PANDA can help, and if you haven’t done so already, please check out their website. www.panda.org.au  SIGNS OF PERINATAL ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION may include;  Feeling sad, low, or crying for no obvious reason • Persistent, generalised worry, often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of your baby • Being nervous, ‘on edge’, or panicky • Being easily annoyed or irritated • Withdrawing from friends and family • Difficulties sleeping, even when your baby is sleeping • Abrupt mood swings • Feeling constantly tired and lacking energy • Physical symptoms like nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, lack of appetite • Having little or no interest in the things that normally bring you joy • Fear of being alone or with others • Finding it difficult to focus, concentrate or remember • Increased alcohol or drug use • Panic attacks (racing heart, palpitations, shortness of breath, shaking or feeling physically detached from your surroundings) • Developing obsessive or compulsive behaviours • Thoughts of death, suicide or harming your baby.  #mentalwellbeing #wellbeingcoach #wellness #pandaawarenessweek #lifecoach #mind #mentalhealth #balanceboost
What did you wish you knew before becoming a mum? 🤔 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In honour of #pandaweek we teamed up with @mamabodytea and @mumswhowine_au and asked all you beautiful mums to share your real and raw ‘I wish I knew’ insights. Because looking back, many mums feel they might have been able to cope better if they’d known more 💜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There were SO many pearls of #wisdom that we sure wish we knew before becoming mums! Even if we'd truly understood just a few of these, we think our path would have been easier... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We've curated our top 30 into a powerful collection to help break the silence and empower new and expectant mums. You can check them out via the link in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is there anything we've missed? Comment below and let's keep this important conversation going! 🙏 #iwishiknew #readytocope #unitedinmotherhood ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
•On the BLOG•  Your Soul Deserves Sunshine; 5 Ways to Shed Some Light 🌞 With #pandaawarenessweek coming to a close, it seemed only fitting to highlight a few easy ways to feed your soul ❤️ @pandanational @cope.org.au  Link in the bio xx
Perinatal anxiety and depression is more serious and common than many people realise.  Up to one in five expecting or new mothers and one in ten expecting or new fathers will experience perinatal anxiety or depression. Around 100,000 families will be affected by this illness every year across Australia.  Left untreated, it can have a devastating impact on parents, partners, baby and the rest of the family. In the worst cases, it can even put lives at risk.  https://www.panda.org.au/images/uploads/What-is-PND.docx.  #pandaawarenessweek #mind #mum #talkaboutit #goodtotalk #health #lifecoach #wellness #wellbeing #mentalwellbeing #wellbeingcoach
This made me laugh 🤣Cause it’s spot on oh so true. This is one of the best descriptions of depression/anxiety I’ve come across. For someone like me who has experienced depression pre and post babies, one of the hardest things is trying to explain how and why you feel or are struggling with depression. For me it was an isolating illness, I felt confused, misunderstood and frustrated at not being able to justify why I felt so painfully deeply sad. Like ALL the time. The first time I fell ill was during year 12 of high school. Having an undiagnosed anxiety disorder (social anxiety) panic attacks and subsequent cycle of depression and not wanting to socialise yet not wanting to be alone either was overwhelming, exhausting and scary. My two best friends (L & S) stuck by me and the others faded away, most likely because I made them uncomfortable or didn’t understand mental illness. This is why it is so important to talk, when you’re ready, to someone who is there to listen. The more we all talk about mental illness the more acceptance there will be. And we all know someone who has been bitten by the “black dog”. And she really is a bitch. And really does make doing things really f$@kin annoying. Like having to get out of bed. And eat. And wash your hair. And meet up with people. And do groceries. And go to work. 🙄😴🤯. And that was before motherhood. Post natal depression snuck up 6 months after having my first (Luey) and the high functioning anxiety and overwhelming feelings returned. Motherhood is a heart-filling, exhausting, beautiful, challenging blessing, but can also be all too much and I was not prepared for ALL the things ALL the time! I was so scared of falling into that big black hole again, this time with a BABY! I didn’t know if I could survive the oncoming depression a second time, so I took care of myself and went back on anxiety medication. Best decision ever. For me. Mumma’s, take care of each other. We’re all in this
Just like that it’s been 5 months. I have been quiet actually doing a insta post as I always start writing but end up not posting. It’s is PNA & PND awareness week and I just wanted to share it’s been a tough few months but it seems like I have turned a corner. Not many know but I was diagnosed with PTSD (and PNA more recently) from the complications that happened post birth. I’m currently better, still trying to process a few things but I have definitely turned the corner. With the help of my psychologist, GP, family and friends - I am happy where I am today but I’ve definitely got more to work on. I’m also currently on meds to help manage my anxiety, and as hard and difficult it is to share, I will be sharing my story on Medium in the next couple week (I will post a link when it’s up). To all mummas out there, you don’t need to share you story with the world, but know that out there in the world there will always be someone happy to listen to you. #panda #pna #pandaawarenessweek #ptsd #5months @pandanational
‘It’s 5am. The sun is getting ready to peek above the horizon. The world is still, gently stirring to life. My family sleep next to me; one, two, three. And there I am. Awake. Alone. And trying to convince myself I am not dying.’ ✨ Today is the last day of PANDA week, raising awareness & funds for perinatal depression & anxiety. & while my own mental health issues extend far before & beyond motherhood, the importance of a cause such as this can’t be underestimated. We will be donating to the charity auction that begins next week, so please head over to @auctionforpanda, and support a worthy cause. There are so many wonderful small businesses coming together for the auction, & every single dollar counts. ✨ In honour of PANDA week, our latest #themotherhoodjournal post is now live.  Except this time, it’s my own. It’s messy & not perfect, much like myself, yet I hope you’ll give it a read anyway. Love to all of my fellow mental health battlers ❤️
#mumlife when you wiggles mad two year old falls asleep in the middle of the wiggles show 🤦🏻‍♀️ How gorgeous is this necklace from @lacedwithkindness though!? And it’s all for a good cause ... I wish I knew it’s ok not to be ok during and after pregnancy. Be kind to everyone, you never know what they are going through 💕#pandaawarenessweek
A bunch of Christmas goodies all packed up and ready to go... all homemade (excepts the cups 😉) #emscakeybakey #christmashamper #relax #chai #hotchocolate #shortbread #sugarcookies #coffeefudge #pistachionougat #macarons #parmesancrackers #pandaawarenessweek #parentingishard #loveyourself
Sharing your story isn't always easy. One fabulous Canberra mum has shared anonymously 💜- ⠀ When I was 21 weeks pregnant I was hit by a student in my stomach. As much as I tried to get on with life, that hour before I could hear my baby's heartbeat, when I thought my baby was gone, impacted the coming months in ways I would not have ever imagined.⠀ When I heard children playing, when I was in a group of people (eg shopping mall), when I thought about returning to work, when I was in a car, anytime there was an unknown person or loud noises... my heartrate rose dramatically, I became lightheaded, I grasped at my growing belly and tried to protect it. In the end, I struggled to leave my house, avoided meeting with friends and couldn't even collect my older child from school. I wasn't sleeping, I wasn't really eating. The most difficult thing was when I flinched as my own children ran towards me for a hug.⠀ The rational part of me knew I had nothing to fear, but the irrational side was winning. I was in flight mode. ⠀ I spent many hours with a wonderful psychologist who assisted me through the hard parts. Some of the exercises she got me to do were a little odd to begin with, but I kept an open mind, and they began to help. Thankfully my baby was born healthy and much of the anxiety has eased.⠀ ⠀ #imamegamum #megatribe #pandaawarenessweek #megacommunity
‘I wish I knew...’ ❤️🤰🏻👶🏻 Peri and Postnatal Anxiety and Depression affects as many as 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men (yes Dad’s are vulnerable too), in Australia. This week has been PANDA’s Awareness Week (11-17 Nov), a special time to reduce stigma, and build support for the mental and emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents. The theme this year, is ‘I wish I knew’ ,because so many new parents can feel overwhelmed with the challenges they didn’t expect to experience bringing a new life into this world.  ___________________________________ Having a new baby can be one of the most rewarding and important times of your life, but it can also be life-changing physically and emotionally. For those I see in clinic with anxiety or depression symptoms, one of the most powerful tools I can provide is to help with the understanding of the physiological changes that are occurring or underlying within your body. We can then use this information to help bring systems into balance, take care of nutritional deficiencies and encourage the body naturally to boost endorphins and hormones that lead to a more positive mood state. Peri/Postnatal depression and anxiety can be tricky because so may of the feelings you might experience are so common at this time, feeling tired, emotional, unable to sleep or excessively worried about your baby’s health. There are so many resources available to you however, and if you are concerned for you or you have someone else you are a little worried about, you can reach out to any health care provider, or head to the @pandanational website: www.panda.org.au where there are questionnaires to direct you to the help that is the best fit for you. _________________________________ Remember whilst caring for baby feels like the most important job you’ll ever have, caring for your little one relies on caring for you. ❤️ 📸: Baby Reid 💙 (@harmsworth_bel) #pandaawarenessweek #postnatal #postnatalanxiety
Many are surprised to learn that perinatal anxiety and depression also affects men. One in ten expecting or new dads will be affected.  #health #balance #wellbeing #newparents #dads #balanceboost #lifecoach #mind #pandaawarenessweek
It’s creeped up on me twice now. The first time it stole my sanity and it tried to take my life.  It broke my family’s heart and it sent me away. It didn’t break me. I got stronger. Wiser. The second time around, Postpartum, we were smarter. We knew the warning signs, we caught it early. The confusion, delusions, the paranoia, the no sleep. They asked me if I’d had thoughts of harming my baby. Not me, not once! They told me I had to stay there without him, they didn’t have the facilities. I felt a fire burn inside me, I was nothing like I was the first time, I just needed some medication.  The room was so clinical, like a jail cell. I couldn’t stay here.  I needed to be with my family.  I knew they were trying to help, but this time Mum new best.  I used my voice and stood my ground. They let me go home and I took responsibility. I took my meds, got my sleep, accepted help.  6 weeks on and I’m back to normal. I check in with my GP, see a mental health doctor regularly and I take my meds.  Postpartum psychosis affects 1 to 2 in every 1000 woman. Whoever you are, I hope you know that your not alone and whatever mental illness you may be fighting, it will never define you. There is so much help available if your willing to accept it. I’ve been hesitant to share my story, but it’s panda awareness week and if I can help break the stigma, why not.  @pandanational #pandaawarenessweek #perinatalanxietyanddepression #motherhood #postpartumpsychosis #mentalhealth #mentalillness #breakthestigma
A perfect quote to end Perinatal anxiety and depression awareness week. Most of you know I have dealt with my fair share of anxiety in the past and motherhood just presented a whole new batch of worries for me. . So I wish I knew.... . - that’s it’s ok to have no idea what you are doing, most mums don’t - that my baby would thrive on formula and making it to 6 months breastfeeding through constant mastitis and 12 courses of antibiotics was enough - that what works for me might not work for someone else and vice versa. Comparison kills happiness. There is no set way to balance #mumlife and #worklife - that I don’t have to feel guilty when I do something for myself. Scheduling in me time is just as important as family time, husband time and friends time. Still working on this one - that I can’t be everything and have it all at the same time, my earning capacity has changed temporarily however for me nothing is worth missing out on those precious moments and I have found my compromise - that everyone struggles at some stage and it’s ok to not hold it all together - that my thoughts are not reality - time goes as fast as everyone says - that the mum community is one of the most amazing, understanding and inspiring communities around. - that despite the anxiety and struggles, becoming a mum is the best thing that has ever happened to me, the joy and happiness far outweighs any struggle I have had.  A little scary and confronting sharing these thoughts and reflections but powerful and I know I will look back and continue to add to these as I evolve and grow. Now off to a girls weekend with my tribe. ❤️#pandaawarenessweek #pndaawarenessweek #pndawareness #iwishiknew
I have my social media open because you never know who might need you, I want to be there to support whoever needs it whether they are open and willing enough to ask for help or want to watch from the side lines. Social media can either be a place of support or make you feel like absolute shit & I want to be the support, I want to be real with you & show you not only the good cute times but the raw times too. After having Andre I found myself stuck in this negative mindset because I was comparing myself to all the other mums out there, all those #fitspo mums that bounce straight back & also all the people who haven’t even had a baby... so here I am, trying to be as real as I can with you coz #motherhood is a roller coaster of emotions & you are not alone 🥰 . .  side note; my DMs are always open for anyone that needs to chat ✌🏽 . . . . . #pandaawarenessweek #postnatalanxiety #realtalk #realmumma #consciousness #mindset #healthymind #mothers #instamum #mumlife #happiness #peace #joyfulmamas #myjourney #baby #babyboy
It’s the end of another day, the moon has come out to play. Illuminating the sky like a dancing light, here we have returned to the dreaded mental fight. The baby is down, he has gone to sleep, and here I am fighting the urge to weep. Guilt consumes my mind like fire, burning rapidly, my mind a liar. I can say that now you see, a moment of clarity has embraced me. Soon enough though, it will happen again. The loud taunting closer than a friend and yet I know this is but for a moment. You see, as thick and dark as the days might get, our abilities grow step by step. Once upon a time the storm clouds would roar, now they don’t stand a chance because you have defeated them before. The sun comes up, the sun goes down and your strength is built on solid ground. Motherhood is this whirlwind you see, a sense of inadequacy can follow both you and me, but we know the ground on which we stand, a love so strong, if push came to shove, we could kill a man. So sure, you may of stuffed up today, yesterday or the day before and you probably will some more. However, your ability to nurture and help our little people grow is what counts when your feeling low. Everyday is a day to start afresh, new. Despite how I feel, I am enough and you are too.  @mumlifethelabel “Mama” T code is FRIENDS15  #mumlife #thisishard #youareenough #mltlrepyouareenough #tomorrowisanewday #keepgoingmama #staystrong #postpartum #postpartumanxiety #pandaawarenessweek #lifewith_lij
Holy moly 😍 This woman ☝️ #allthehearteyes You know when you see someone, they say something and you’re like “yaasss girl #relate 🙏” and you are instantly drawn to them? Yep. That’s me, creepin’ on this babe @kasey.rainbow and her story.. 📝 . “When I became a mum, I was under the impression that breastfeeding would be beautiful. But, in reality, it turned out to be the thing the broke me and started my journey into the darkness that is PND. 🌗 So, during PANDA Awareness Week I will be selling LADY RAiNBOW singlets, shirts and tote bags. She represents a beacon of light, of love and of happiness in the darkest of times. $5 from each LADY sold will be donated to PANDA to help women like me find their light.” . These tees are absolutely fabulous and carry so much support for a cause, a woman, and a community that is rallying together to say: It’s ok. We’ve got you. . 🌈 @kasey.rainbow . . #thisrealmama #trmselfloveproject 💙 #postnatalanxiety #postnataldepression #smallwinsbigdreams #healingmindbodyspirit ☀️ #shareyourstory #pandaawarenessweek #lifeunscripted #perfectlyimperfect ✌️#parentingblog #bloggersau #mummyblogger #intentionalliving #mumlifeproject #thisrealmamareality 🙎🏻‍♀️ #startingover #our_everyday_moments #uniteinmotherhood 👑  #documentyourdays ✍🏻#bloggingmum #soulfood #selfreflection 👩🏻‍💻#selfdiscovery #letsgetrealmama #journeytoselfdiscovery 👣#unicornmum 🦄
I wish I knew.  I wish I knew it was ok, I was ok, it would all be ok.  I had my first baby 3.5 years ago. Nothing anyone said could have prepared me for the battle that lay ahead. The endless moments of self doubt. The suffocating feeling in my chest. The fear of making the wrong decision, the wrong move, the wrong anything.  I placed so many expectations on myself. I felt like I was failing over and over and nothing I did was good enough. I still feel like this, not as often but it does creep in and have me second guess all my parenting abilities. Some times its a struggle just to breathe. But I won't let it win. I won't let it pull me back to that place. Post natal anxiety is real. It's ok to talk about it. There is no shame in it. There is nothing wrong with me.  Everyday is for them, my sun, my moon, my earth, my ocean and my air. Every day is a positive step forward to self love. If I'm great, I'm great for them. In their eyes I am great. I AM GREAT. One day at a time, I am better, I am great.  #pandaawarenessweek
It’s perinatal anxiety and depression awareness week. For more info visit @pandanational  As a mum living with a chronic mental illness I feel somewhat qualified to talk on the subject.  This year’s theme is “I wish I knew...” but I’m feeling conflicted about this theme because understanding PND and knowing what to do doesn’t mean that you won’t be affected by it. Not only have I lived it, I’ve studied it and I’ve written multiple assignments about it and I’m still not immune.  Our decision to have a baby was a well planned, well managed, medically supervised one. It began with a gradual reduction and extinction of some pretty strong mood stabilisers.  My pregnancy with Evie wasn’t easy; I had morning sickness from 5 weeks right up to delivery. Our 12 week scan revealed Evie had a cystic hygroma, an indicator of possible genetic and chromosomal anomalies, we had to see specialists and geneticists and endure some pretty invasive testing to make sure she was ok and that we were prepared for what might come. It was stressful and at times I was so distressed I was ready to quit.  The past 14 months haven’t been much easier; we got a cute baby that doesn’t sleep. Lack of sleep is bad news for someone living with #bipolardisorder  Thankfully @cycledad_ is a legend and does 90% of the night shifts so I can get my much needed rest, and in consultation with my psychiatrist I’ve decided to try a new chemical cocktail to help me out, and the good news is it’s working.  Con’t in comments
• D A D D Y  L O V E •  Did you know that 1 in 10 dads experience perinatal anxiety or depression? That’s right, it’s not just mamas who are at risk.  A world of equal participation and opportunity between gender roles can be an outright blessing in some respects but can also result in mental and emotional messiness too.  Just as it can be rough for mamas trying to balance it all including playing a critical role in earning an income and supporting the household financially, there can be bloody tough pressures on dads “to be everything” too.  Here’s to the dads - trying their darndest to be the best for their babes. Particularly to the ones juggling more than a couple of balls. To the ones who aren’t afraid of dropping their egos.  Far out! Those men? Don’t forget them. For those men are our unsung heroes.  You can be assured, the question “how’s dad going?” Will never take any skin off my nose!  From my papa loving heart to yours 👨‍👧
Thank you to our wonderful ambassador @melwatts . Your honesty will help so many xx 💕 ・・・ You almost won.  Took over my whole mind, my whole body.  You tried to defeat me and make me feel as though I had no control.  You made me think I couldn’t do it.  I wasn’t strong enough.  I wasn’t capable.  From early morning wake ups where I was gasping for more air to in the middle of the night stabbing my stomach and chest.  I tried to seek help, I tried to speak out.  Nobody could see the marks you left, no one could see what you were doing.  I started holding back. Stop doing things I loved.  I started to isolate myself as you tried to captivate me inside my four walls.  You told me I couldn’t go out there, something would hurt me – us.  For months on end we lived like this – moments, followed by days, days followed by weeks until weeks turned into months.  It wasn’t until I stood up from the lowest I could get, I picked myself up off the floor.  I decided enough was enough and you needed to leave me.  I am not this postnatal anxiety or depression.  I am not this mental illness.  I am their mother, his partner.  I am me.  Whilst you almost won, I had to stand shaking, with adrenaline running through my body, whilst you tried to keep pulling me down I knew what I had to do.  Silencing you, defeating you, talking about you – you finally left my mind.  The biggest fight, the strongest I’ve been.  I won, you weren’t going to control me. I wish I knew; that I was going to be okay once I took the first step, that being the hardest step.  #pandaawarenessweek  @cope.org.au
I know tomorrow is the last day of perinatal anxiety and depression awareness week, but that doesn't have to be the end of the conversation. This isn't something I've talked about before and not many know my story, but head over to @samanthajeffree to read about my experience. Not crochet related, but so important. And to all the mummies out there, you're amazing! Xxx
Back again with a dose of my honesty for #pandaawarenessweek. Talking about post natal anxiety. This is something I dealt with at what felt like a scary level just after Eleanor was born. I hadn’t expected it despite a history of anxiety, people told me I might get a bit sad but no one mentioned that I’d be constantly terrified.  I had everyone saying to enjoy this time and wondering how I could because she was so small and fragile and not gaining weight properly and didn’t they know what could go wrong?! I tried to look brave and normal for visitors but itched for no one else to touch her in case they were ill. Then went and cried in the toilet at thoughts of the diseases my daughter would have.  I cried to Sam that he should take the time off work and I’d go back because he knew what he was doing and I didn’t.  6 months in I don’t recognise myself looking back and you’d never know from the pictures I posted on social media back then. Anxiety stays with me but thankfully not like the looming shadow it was then. Other people aren’t so lucky and I will always tell my story to raise awareness. ❤️#postnatalanxiety #the4thtrimester #newbornbaby #honestmotherhood
See this beautiful little boy? And his smiling Mummy and Daddy? We're all happy and that happiness is genuine. You probably wouldn't know looking at me that I spent a lot of time crying after our son was born, a lot of time thinking I wasn't good enough for him, a lot of time just being scared.  I've always been an anxious person but had never done anything about it. I think deep down I knew it would all rear its ugly head after baby was born. And it sure did!  The birth involved epidurals I hadn't planned on, an apisiotamy after 18 hours which then tore followed by a uterus that didn't close over after the placenta came out. Leading to a huge loss of blood (2.4 litres), an emergency response team coming in, me being awake but the doctors saying they couldn't find my pulse and one very emotionally and physically scarred mummy.  Looking back it's no wonder I couldn't breastfeed or sleep properly even when my baby did.  I loved him the moment I saw him but with everything going on it was hard to feel that calm, overwhelming love I'd heard about. I was under a metal (?) blanket and I believe they had given me adrenaline. This occurred while my amazing husband stood in the corner of the room dumbfounded, holding our newborn son, watching as the doctor had to change because she was so covered in blood before she could talk to us about what had happened.  I loved my baby so much but fear took over. I was terrified something would happen to him and I would allow it to. Terrified I wasn't good enough for him; that he was too perfect to be mine.  What followed was the hardest time in my life. I'm very thankful I found a doctor who understood and helped me. Who called it post natal anxiety because she knew the word depression made me cry.  I had the idea that PND was all about not having a connection with your child. That wasn't the case with me, I was afraid to put him down and needed him in my arms. He calmed me.  With time, medication, counselling and amazingly
I hope this isn't an indicator of how long her bub is going to stay at home for! #neverleavehome #freerent #hereforthelonghaul #pleaseleave⠀ ⠀ Photo credit @yasayycee
This lovely lady has been very busy this week as the PANDA Celebrity Ambassador. From radio, newspaper & TV interviews @chezzidenyer has been raising awareness on the important topic of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression.  I shared a little bit of my story in my Insta Live last week (you can find it in Instagram TV). I wish I knew asking for help didn’t make me weak, it made me strong!  Massive shout out to Chezzi for helping to spread the word on such an important topic! Amy 💕  @pandanational  #pandaawarenessweek #iwishiknew #speakup #mybabymagtribe #mybabymagazine #connectingparents #parenting
Reposting this with pride. This mama 👆🏻Mel is one kick butt lady.  Beautiful. Huge heart. Mum to 4. She’s experienced both Postnatal Depression and Postnatal Anxiety. And now she’s on a mission to help others.. And she’s freaking hilarious to boot! Follow her for more delicious posts. ・・・ @melwatts ・・・ You almost won.  Took over my whole mind, my whole body.  You tried to defeat me and make me feel as though I had no control.  You made me think I couldn’t do it.  I wasn’t strong enough.  I wasn’t capable.  From early morning wake ups where I was gasping for more air to in the middle of the night stabbing my stomach and chest.  I tried to seek help, I tried to speak out.  Nobody could see the marks you left, no one could see what you were doing.  I started holding back. Stop doing things I loved.  I started to isolate myself as you tried to captivate me inside my four walls.  You told me I couldn’t go out there, something would hurt me – us.  For months on end we lived like this – moments, followed by days, days followed by weeks until weeks turned into months.  It wasn’t until I stood up from the lowest I could get, I picked myself up off the floor.  I decided enough was enough and you needed to leave me.  I am not this postnatal anxiety or depression.  I am not this mental illness.  I am their mother, his partner.  I am me.  Whilst you almost won, I had to stand shaking, with adrenaline running through my body, whilst you tried to keep pulling me down I knew what I had to do.  Silencing you, defeating you, talking about you – you finally left my mind.  The biggest fight, the strongest I’ve been.  I won, you weren’t going to control me. I wish I knew; that I was going to be okay once I took the first step, that being the hardest step.  #pandaawarenessweek @pandanational @cope.org.au
I feel like there is a positive to struggling with PND/anxiety. The times of joy and love are SO amplified. The struggles are there, but when things are calm and content, when I’m watching Isaac play, snuggling with him on the couch, hearing his giggle and feeling heart explosions of love for him; I can say I appreciate every single one of those seconds more than anything. I was so desperate for those positive emotions, and I never, ever take them for granted. I wish I knew I would get to this point 💕 #pandaawarenessweek #pandaweek #pandaweek2018 #iwishiknew #pandacommunitychampion @pandanational . . . . . #candidmotherhood #recoveryjourney #honestparenting #motherhoodrising #overcomingdepression #parenthood #starttheconversation #uniteinparenthood #mumblog #anxiety #postnatalanxiety #endthestigma #ourcandidlife #postnataldepression #perinatalanxiety #perinataldepression #pnd #maternalmentalhealth #candidkaty #mumlife #generalisedanxietydisorder #mentalhealthawareness #dailymoments
*Long Post*  I have been wondering whether to post this as I am not after sympathy votes but if this helps someone else then it’s worth putting it out there. This week is PANDA - Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Association awareness week. 1 in 5 new mums (or dads) can be affected with the arrival of their newborn. After having 2 babies I thought having a third would be the same. Unfortunately I had a very traumatic delivery, resulting in a spinal procedure 48 hours after birth and having to lie flat on my back recovering with a newborn with the epic pain below and back pain spasms and the migraines were brutal. I couldn’t sit up for straight for 8 weeks or bend over but with hubby returning to work, 2 other kids and no other support I had to take medications and power on. To exacerbate the situation I ended up with two bouts of mastitis and back in hospital. Most of my friends with kids are all back at work now as they stopped at 2 and everyone really thought that as it’s my third I would be fine & they were so busy that of course they needed to look after their families and not check in or visit me. They did n’t know how bad I was. The two friends I did reach out for help to actually thought I was calling them out as ‘bad friends’ - took it personally and instead of helping pulled away- exacerbating my sadness as I thought no one cared. Not for one minute did I regret having Belle or feel disconnected from her - I actually held her closer and tighter! Finally whilst in hospital for the third time they sent someone to see me. When they said I had a form of PND related to likely post traumatic stress I was shocked but actually thankful that there was more to the scenario than me feeling so bad. The only thing that got me through some days were the friends I have made on insta! They didn’t know my full situation. They didn’t judge me. They made me laugh. Life was ‘normal’. You know who you are and I can’t thank you enough. The last month has
PANDA awareness week! Perinatal anxiety and depression is more serious and common than many people realise. Over the next few days we will be sharing some helpful facts and resources  #raiseawareness #balance #health  #shinealight #pandaawarenessweek #pandaweek #balanceboost
It's ok to love them but also, to not like them all the time hahaha. Its perinatal anxiety and depression awareness week. As we approach the one year mark since our journey began, it is bringing back some scary feelings and thoughts about the year that was and the experience I had with our birth. This is the hardest thing I have ever done and I'm not afraid to admit I have struggled the whole time. Remember mums, there is support out there and other mums feeling exactly the same way! #pandaweek #pandaawarenessweek @pandanational (thank you for all  that you do @melwatts you inspire everyday)
These boys share a bond that it so special. 💙💙 The truth behind this picture though, is that Ned was crying, and I didn’t know why. And I just sat and cried, I cry a lot at the moment. Leo is such an incredible big brother, and played and sung with Ned until he cheered up. Some days it is just hard to Mum. I get so overwhelmed that I’m scared to leave the house but also scared to stay home. Whilst pregnant, I had so much anxiety that I wouldn’t bond with my second baby, because how could I possibly love another little boy as much as I love Leo. And then I held Ned in my arms, and realised the magic of how the heart can double in size so quickly, and fill with love and adoration of my little Neddy Bear. So after all that worry about not bonding with my new Bub, the opposite has happened and I have extreme separation anxiety (and a super clingy baby and no ‘me’ time)It’s not long now until I go back to work, and the prospect of that is tearing me up. How can I leave my boys? Does my brain even function enough to work? But I love my job. And that’s ok too. How can I be home with the boys and thriving at work at the same time? And why do I have to choose! Can I juggle it all? Then creeps in the feelings of failure, with so many roles to play, I feel like I fail at all of them. Crappy mum, crappy wife, crappy friend, crappy teacher. It’s too much, I feel so overwhelmed. Then comes the guilt. All the guilt. Why do I even feel like this when I’m so lucky to have the most wonderful family, the job I’ve worked hard for, wonderful friends. Nothing is even wrong so why am I so overwhelmed? I guess what I’ve learnt is that these feelings are ok, and surprisingly, so common. we need to talk to each other, we need to be kind to each other and we need to support each other. I’m so lucky to have the most wonderful family, friends and mothers group, who for weeks on end now have listened to my ramblings and supported me. I wasn’t sure if I should
My post a couple of weeks ago about my weakness in having some balance and downtime resonated with quite a few of you, it would appear I am not alone. So being the planner I am I have planned my next mamas rostered day off #mamasrdo in a couple of weeks. Flin will be in care and I’m planning to take the day for myself. I have booked in my Mother’s Day pressie at @onewybelenna and will spend the day doing whatever else my body/I need. Seeing as there were a few of us in the same boat I thought I would share this to get the ball rolling. So for those mamas struggling to make any time for themselves and winding up sick or burnt out jump on board #mamasrdo. Even if you aren’t a mum and you are just working like crazy and need a break, plan for some time to give back to yourself. I went to see @miafreedman last week who delivered a hilarious, honest and all inspiring performance on her journey of motherhood and business. She made some amazing points about balance not existing and not being in control of everything in life, about not being able to put your kids first all of the time, the importance of looking after yourself first, about comparing yourself only to a quokka and the power of #metoo. This week is Perinatal anxiety and depression awareness week, a perfect time to schedule in some self care. So jump on board, share your plans below and share a pic of your rostered day off and let’s see if we can help each other take a day to ourselves once a month. Share with your friends far and wide. . #pandaawarenessweek #postnataldepression #postnatalcare #postnatalanxiety #nomamaleftbehind #newmum #motherhoodunplugged #motherhood #mumblogger #mentalhealth #healthymums #mumofbrisbane #brisbanemums #motherhoodthroughinstagram #joyfulmamas #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodco  #dailymotherhood #rawmotherhood #candidmotherhood  #thisismotherhood  #bloggermom #mumgoals #modernmum  #honestparenting #teammotherly
#selfcare is obviously a topic particularly close to our hearts here @themindfulmum! 💕 So often as mums, we have a tendency to pour all or love to everyone else, that we can forget about directing some of it to ourselves as well. There's the lack of time, energy, and guilt. Oh the guilt! 😆 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But it's true that nurturing our loved ones really starts with nurturing ourselves. And when we don’t find ways to nurture our thoughts, feelings and emotions, EVERYTHING starts to fall apart... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #selfcareishealthcare and is most definitely not selfish. It's the ultimate win-win, and crucial for sustaining ourselves throughout #motherhood🙏 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We need self-care to heal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We need self-care to cope. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We need self-care to foster resilience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And we need self-care to be the mums and women we want to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The lovely Lauren @mumswhowine_au has designed these gorgeous #selfcaresaves shirts to raise money for @pandanational 🙌 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She's on a mission to raise $10K this month to help provide info and support to anyone affected by perinatal anxiety and depression. You can help her by purchasing a shirt for $35 via @mumswhowine_au ✨100% will go back to this all important cause. How incredible is that?! 💜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, remember, when WE nurture our health and happiness - EVERYONE benefits. It doesn't need to take hours. In fact, a little bit often beats a lot seldom! Above all else, be kind to yourselves, mamas. You're doing an amazing job and you've got this!👊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #themindfulmum #yourdailysanctuary ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This one kept us awake a fair portion of last night so today we took a little nap. #breastsleeping ftw! A peaceful, no arguments about who and who was not tired transition to a lovely afternoon nap. Love that the boobies are able to provide that comfort and ease. . . . #cosleeping #breastfeeding #breastfeedinggoals #mumblog #healingbaby #breastfedtoddler #pandaawarenessweek #mumblog #breastfeedingwins #birthtraumaawareness #socialanxiety #pnd #postnatalanxiety #mylittleman #mumofboys #myminime #firstinbreastdressed #breastfeedingwins #naturaltermbreastfeeding
You’d never know. The reality behind this photo ~ was I was struggling deeply.  Not as bad as those initial months with my first baby, when depression took hold of me in a way I never knew it could. But in a new way. A way in which I had to stay busy.  I felt I had no choice. I threw myself into Motherhood, into my business. By staying in the ‘doing’ I didn’t give myself a chance to get lost in my ‘feeling’. But in those quiet moments, or moments of complete overwhelm that only a mother of a newborn and a toddler can know, I often fell apart.  Because suppressing emotion never turns out well. Eventually, the banks burst and a flood of tears come roaring down. And without someone to confide in, to lean on, to understand how hard those moments are and help you through...it can be soul destroying.  Yes, exercise helps, Yes, eating well helps. And yes, support of friends and family helps in a big way too.  But sometimes, that can be all in the ‘doing’. Sometimes, you need help in the ‘being’. And that’s where counseling can make all the difference in the world.  It’s Postnatal Anxiety & Depression week, and I want you to know that there is help available. Talk to your GP about subsidized counseling services. Or get in touch with COPE or PANDA for more resources.  You’ve got to feel it to heal it, Mama.  Reach out. Listen to each other. Start the conversation.  Because you never know what’s going on behind closed doors... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• H I N D S I G H T  L O V E •  This year’s #pandaawarenessweek has the theme of “I wish I knew...” It’s been beautiful seeing what others views are on this topic. Here is just one of the million things “I wish I knew...” over the past two blessed years... I wish I knew I shouldn’t take this role that seriously that I lost all ability to be the silly,  courageously carefree woman my husband fell in love with.  That I should loosen up on the “shoulds” because my brain is sometimes too big for its boots.  I wish I knew being a mother didn’t mean I had to say a complete goodbye to my old self. The sometimes crazy and wild old self.  I wish I knew, in fact, that it would be super healthy to stay connected to the joy, lightheartedness and “in the moment” parts of my old self.  I wish I knew that my family would not be harmed or pained if I took time out, away and alone. In fact, they’d bond tighter and have a ball without me and I’d come back a million times better for it.  Tell me, what do you wish you knew?  From my ever more joyous heart to yours 🤪
I used to think that people were lying when they said they felt like this ⤴️ Seriously. That is how blurred my perspective on life got during PND #pandaawarenessweek ➕ So how do you get out of that hole? 🤔 ➕ Like I said the other day, anti-depressants helped, as did counselling. They were the foundations of my recovery. They were both part of my daily / monthly routine until very recently. ➕ But there was more than that. I feel like the magic really happened in the next layers of support ✨ ➕ And what is hilarious is that as I reflect on them, I can group it all under “self-care” but for at least 2 years I FOUGHT self-care so much ... I was NOT going to spend time alone ... I was NOT going to do anything nice for myself ... I did NOT feel any better when I did 🤦‍♀️ ➕ I can now see that I was so unsure of WHO I was or what I liked that asking me to spend time alone doing something nice for myself was an almost impossible task 😥 ➕ At the time I couldn’t articulate this so I would ... A/ rant and rave at whichever well-meaning husband / counsellor / mum / mum-in-law suggested it B/ go to the supermarket instead C/ walk around the mall in tears of frustration that nothing fit and I didn’t know where to shop any more ➕ And then little pieces of the puzzle started coming together and I started to remember what I liked to do. It sounds like such a basic place to start, but I had been so busy for years that I had forgotten that I loved to dance and to sing. ➕ @elizabeth_gilbert_writer introduced me to the idea of following your curiosity ... that led me to write a book called Magnificent Me ... it led me to sections of the library I’d never been ... it led me to borrow books just because I loved how they felt to hold ... it led me to write letters to people who intrigued and inspired me. ➕ I started to tap back into what I had loved and been like as a child ... quirky (some might say weird), imaginative, I had wanted to join
👶🏻 I get it.  Asking for help is bloody hard! Then again, so is pushing through on your own... It takes strength to reach out & ask, so much strength - and you have it... even if it doesn’t feel like it ❤️ . . . #iwishiknew #pandaawarenessweek  #youarestrong #reducethestigma
Just in case you missed it, here’s some further information on @pandanational Awareness Week. You just might see a familiar face in there! 😉  Also...some super news that happened yesterday...Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt, officially announced the Morrison Government’s investment of $300,000 into the Gidget Foundation @gidgetfoundation  Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt, said perinatal mental health is of critical importance for new mothers, babies and families. The Minister firmly believes a major step in breaking the stigma surrounding PNDA is to begin a conversation and Start Talking. “Up to one in seven new mums suffer from perinatal depression and anxiety and most are filled with guilt because of this. That is why PNDA Awareness Week and initiatives such as the Start Talking telehealth service are so important in highlighting that these emotions are nothing to be ashamed of and are in fact normal human responses due to circumstances and physical impacts of having a child.” Pretty awesome right?! #starttalking #pnd #pandaawareness #pandaawarenessweek #gidgetfoundation #tennewssydney #amazingnews #wonderfultohear #nothingtobeashamedof #iwishiknew #weavingworkshop #sydney #sutherlandshire #mumlife #mumsoftheshire #therovingartisan
I wish I knew that you would love me regardless. I wish I knew that being a young mum didn’t make me a bad person or a bad mum.  I wish I knew that it was the best thing for the both of us for you to be formula fed and that breast isn’t necessarily always best.  I wish I knew that I was your whole world, that I didn’t need to try and make you love me because you already did, unconditionally (that’s definitely changed now you’re two 😂) I wish I knew I would settle into my role as your Mummy and my life would adjust the way it has. Not trying to fit in and understanding that I am at a different point in life to my friends but that’s ok because I wouldn’t change a thing!  #iwishiknew #pandaawarenessweek #mumlife @pandanational
Another incredible example of #womensupportingwomen ❤️ Thank you to Lisa and Helen from @mamalovestoshare for supporting our #selfcaresaves campaign. We are currently at approx $3500, only $6500 to go!!! #repost @mamalovestoshare with @make_repost ・・・ How do you #selfcare? You all know we are big believers in Mamas taking time out for themselves here at MLTS 🙌🏼💕 It’s just soooo important for our mental health, especially after a long week at home with the kids... the same old routine, the same old school run and grocery shopping and yelling for the millionth time to put your shoes on 😫🙈 The pressures of everyday life can easily become too much for a lot of parents, a feeling we know all too well 😔💫 . The beautiful Lauren from @mumswhowine_au has designed these great tees and tanks which you can purchase (head to the link in @mumswhowine_au bio) to raise money for @pandanational during Perinatal Anxiety and Depression awareness week 🙌🏼👶🏼 All money will go directly to PANDA who help provide info and support to anyone affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and after child birth🤰🏻🤱🏼 . So how do you #selfcare? Do you meet a friend for a cuppa? Go for a walk? Take a gym class? Buy yourself flowers? Go for a swim? Write in your journal? Unfollow negativity on social media? Start small, break the routine, breathe mama, you can do this 🌸🌿 .  #selfcaresaves #pandaawarenessweek
❤️ this message! What did you wish you knew?? #repost @thelaurendubois ・・・ I wish I knew that I didn't need to have the answers. That there was no test to pass, no performance evaluation to ace, no one watching to see if I was up to par . I wish I knew that I was allowed to fumble my way through because that's how everyone learns and it's not a sign of idiocy, it's simply a sign that you're doing a job you've never done before and there's a pretty intense orientation period . I wish I knew that sometimes resenting this job didn't mean there was anything wrong with me. It didn't mean I was a bad mother and it didn't mean I didn't love my child, it just meant it was hard . I wish I knew it was ok to find it hard . I wish I knew sooner, that sharing my stories of failure would make me feel ten times better than pretending I was perfect. I wish I knew that the words, "me too" from a fellow mum would be far more comforting and unifying than hearing, "you're so good at this" . I wish I knew how much better I'd get at this. Or at least, how much better I'd get at giving myself a break . What do you wish you knew? #iwishiknew #pandaawarenessweek #speakup @pandanational
My little Human Burrito. We have both survived one month! It’s been so much more enjoyable than I expected. Even with the tiredness, the chaos (your siblings) and the poo explosions, I have found such a happy place in mothering you. My experiences with your brother and sister were both different and I certainly felt the ‘downs’ more and felt overwhelmed and exhausted. Somehow, with more on my plate than ever, I’m lucky enough to be feeling really good. But I also know that It’s ok if I’m not.  This week is Perinatal anxiety and Depression awareness week. 1 in 5 new mums, 1 in 10 new dads will experience anxiety or depression. This time in your life: It’s hard enough without the added struggle. And unlike in other cultures where periods of rest and care are the norm for new mothers, we tend to push through our body’s screams for rest and try to get back to our ‘normal’ lives as quickly as we can. If you know a new mum or dad: Don’t be perfect, don’t compare, don’t offer advice. Just be there and be real. Or better yet, take the baby for a walk so they can take a nap.
I wish I knew that the fear I felt leaving the hospital with my first born, doubting my every move, would never really go away. Fear of failing. Fear of not being enough or doing enough. Fear of not being fit for the job. That despite knowing perfection is impossible, feeling like I constantly fall short in the “mum” department. I also wish I knew that speaking these fears and worries would bond me with so many other beautiful mums out there, and that this sometimes terrifying journey of parenthood would feel less lonely because I chose to be vulnerable. The theme for @pandanational week is “I wish I knew”... what do you wish you knew, that you know now? It might just help someone today. #pandaawarenessweek #anxiety #pregnancy #childbirth #lifewithkids #mumlife
• Rainbow Boobies •  ________________ Birthing babies is physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting and then you have to learn to deal with the hell that is being a 24/hr food source for a tiny human. 🤱🏻 Breastfeeding would have broken me too if I didn’t get Arch’s tongue and lip tie cut quickly... For the first few weeks of his life though every time he wanted boob i wanted to either cry or punch the wall. It’s all a fricken emotional roller coaster.  ____________________ The lovely @kasey.rainbow has released a bunch of cute singlets and bags to help raise awareness for PANDA week (check out @pandanational ) I encourage you to show your support.  ____________________ if you are feeling anxious or depressed pre or post birth find someone to talk to and be open about it.  Making babies isn’t all sunshine and lollipops and anyone who tells you otherwise is clearly crazy lol.  _____________ #kaseyrainbow #pandaawarenessweek #postnatalanxiety #pandaaustralia #supportmums
Well explained by the most articulate person I’ve ever met. She’s also very down to earth. Hilarious. Honest. Full of the deepest integrity. And super loyal.. a truly great friend! Follow her for more well versed and entertaining posts 🙌🏼👌🏼 ・・・ #repost @thelaurendubois ・・・ I wish I knew that I didn't need to have the answers. That there was no test to pass, no performance evaluation to ace, no one watching to see if I was up to par . I wish I knew that I was allowed to fumble my way through because that's how everyone learns and it's not a sign of idiocy, it's simply a sign that you're doing a job you've never done before and there's a pretty intense orientation period . I wish I knew that sometimes resenting this job didn't mean there was anything wrong with me. It didn't mean I was a bad mother and it didn't mean I didn't love my child, it just meant it was hard . I wish I knew it was ok to find it hard . I wish I knew sooner, that sharing my stories of failure would make me feel ten times better than pretending I was perfect. I wish I knew that the words, "me too" from a fellow mum would be far more comforting and unifying than hearing, "you're so good at this" . I wish I knew how much better I'd get at this. Or at least, how much better I'd get at giving myself a break . What do you wish you knew? #iwishiknew #pandaawarenessweek #speakup @pandanational
7.5 years ago with baby Romilly - I look happy but that smile was hiding the darkness I was surrounded by, I was suffering in silence from PND. The first year of my first child's life was the worst year of my life. I was sad, lonely, exhausted and tormented by my own thoughts. But no one knew, I was deeply ashamed of my feelings and became an expert at pretending everything was fine. The reality was that on my lowest days I didn't want to live 😥 Please, check with your friends and family when they have a new baby that they are ok, truly ok. And do or say something to help 💓 #pandaawarenessweek #itisoktonotbeok
There are no hard and fast rules of PND ... there seems to be infinite symptoms, solutions, side effects ... making it all the more confusing and complex to diagnose and navigate. ➕ I am so grateful for #pandaawarenessweek ... that we may tell stories. support each other, understand each other a little more, recognise what we or others around us are going through or endured 🙏 ➕ For me, every bout of PND (*with* PND?🤔) was so different ... ➕ First time around it took over a year for me to be diagnosed ... second time around it was just a couple of months ... third time around it was during the pregnancy. ➕ When I found out I was pregnant with Audie (our second daughter), I weaned off my antidepressants in a week and had no side effects ... when I found out I was pregnant with Lulu (our third), it took weeks for me to wean off my tablets, I was so physically sick as I tried to go without the, and I plummeted into a dark place and had to go back on to antidepressants while I was pregnant. ➕ I have received so many beautiful messages from you this week saying “yes and me too” AND just as many saying “yes but how different my experience has been” ... I know some people have had PND with just 1 pregnancy and others who have been lucky 🙄 to have it with all of them ... I know so many who can look back and realise in retrospect that they probably had PND but that it went undiagnosed and treated. ➕ And yet for all of that, I am grateful to PND. Grateful?! #wtf ➕ In the midst of PND, I would have given anything to be rid of it. Now I can see it was so much more than a mental illness ... it was a spiritual cracking open, an awakening, it was how I started to live a life with a lot more colour and courage and creativity and consciousness #myfavouritethings ➕ As well as talking about the reality - the warts and all - of PND, I am passionate about sharing about my journey of navigating out of it ... how tattoos, kinesiology, pink lipstick,
Did you know that 1 in 5 expecting or new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers experience perinatal anxiety or depression? #speakout .  This week is Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week so if you or someone you know is struggling head to @pandanational for support and help remove the stigma associated with mental illness #togetherwecanmakeadifference . . . . . #postnataldepression #anxiety #depression #postnatalanxiety #mentalillness #newmum #newdad #removethestigma #perinatalanxiety #perinataldepression #pandaawarenessweek #pregnant #expecting #expectingababy #newbaby #firsttimemum #firsttimedad #motherhood #parenthood #fatherhood #mother #father #newmother #newfather #bekind #bekindmovement #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness
“So when are you guys gonna have another baby?” • Yesterday was World Kindness Day (yep, I’m a day late but all the good things are?? 🤔 Like this babe here 👆🏻). So, I thought it was a good opportunity to pay it forward. About how to support someone experiencing infertility, shared recently with @notsomumsy. What not to say? “So when are you guys gonna have another baby?” (Or a baby at all) 😬☹️🙅🏻‍♀️ No no no no no. So what should you say or do? • Don’t be afraid to reach out and show you care. If you get pregnant, don’t disappear off the face of the earth. Don’t offer opinions or “my auntie’s cousin’s wife got pregnant at 54 so there’s still hope!” 😳🙄🤷🏻‍♀️ #killmenow. Truthfully, it’s as easy as: • “I’m sorry. How are you? Is there anything I can do?” 💛 • Read more via the link in my bio 💫🌈 #bekind #infertility #infertilityawareness #ivf #rainbowbaby #pandaawarenessweek @pandanational
How do you #selfcare? You all know we are big believers in Mamas taking time out for themselves here at MLTS 🙌🏼💕 It’s just soooo important for our mental health, especially after a long week at home with the kids... the same old routine, the same old school run and grocery shopping and yelling for the millionth time to put your shoes on 😫🙈 The pressures of everyday life can easily become too much for a lot of parents, a feeling we know all too well 😔💫 . The beautiful Lauren from @mumswhowine_au has designed these great tees and tanks which you can purchase (head to the link in @mumswhowine_au bio) to raise money for @pandanational during Perinatal Anxiety and Depression awareness week 🙌🏼👶🏼 All money will go directly to PANDA who help provide info and support to anyone affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and after child birth🤰🏻🤱🏼 . So how do you #selfcare? Do you meet a friend for a cuppa? Go for a walk? Take a gym class? Buy yourself flowers? Go for a swim? Write in your journal? Unfollow negativity on social media? Start small, break the routine, breathe mama, you can do this 🌸🌿 .  #selfcaresaves #pandaawarenessweek
@ChezziDenyer stopped by and had a really insightful, open and brave chat with @ShevonneHunt about her experience with perinatal anxiety for @Pandanational Week. Take the time to watch it over on our Facebook page.
#repost @thelaurendubois with @get_repost ・・・ I wish I knew that I didn't need to have the answers. That there was no test to pass, no performance evaluation to ace, no one watching to see if I was up to par . I wish I knew that I was allowed to fumble my way through because that's how everyone learns and it's not a sign of idiocy, it's simply a sign that you're doing a job you've never done before and there's a pretty intense orientation period . I wish I knew that sometimes resenting this job didn't mean there was anything wrong with me. It didn't mean I was a bad mother and it didn't mean I didn't love my child, it just meant it was hard . I wish I knew it was ok to find it hard . I wish I knew sooner, that sharing my stories of failure would make me feel ten times better than pretending I was perfect. I wish I knew that the words, "me too" from a fellow mum would be far more comforting and unifying than hearing, "you're so good at this" . I wish I knew how much better I'd get at this. Or at least, how much better I'd get at giving myself a break . What do you wish you knew? #iwishiknew #pandaawarenessweek #speakup @pandanational
👶🏻 I kept waiting for my maternal instincts to kick in - like everyone said they would. I kept worrying that the instant bond hadn’t happened - like everyone said it would. . . But every relationship takes time. Be kind to yourself & baby ❤️ . . . #iwishiknew #reducethestigma  #pandaawarenessweek
Thank you so much to the beautiful @chezzidenyer for supporting our #selfcaresaves campaign ❤️ Chezzi is the celebrity ambassador for this year’s PANDA week and is doing incredible things in this space to raise awareness. Be like Chezzi and grab your tee/tank today!  #repost @chezzidenyer with @make_repost ・・・ Do you look after you? Do you take time out from your busy schedule feeding & dressing & washing for everyone else in your family? #selfcaresaves is such an important message. Just like putting on your own oxygen mask first. If you have an empty tank, then how can you help others? Take time out. Have a cuppa with a girlfriend. Have a walk by yourself. Take a 5 minute meditation break. Have a champagne with your bestie. Get a massage. Get a facial. Have a big bubble bath whilst playing soothing music with the door locked! And a big shoutout to Lauren from  @mumswhowine_au for creating these cute tank tops with the important reminder emblazoned across the front!  And if you purchase one of these for $35 (head to the link in the Mums Who Wine bio to purchase) EVERY cent goes direct to @pandanational to help new and expecting Mums and Dads experiencing Perinatal Anxiety & Depression. #pandaawarenessweek
🍃 It’s OK to not be OK 🍃 . . This week is Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week. After having a difficult pregnancy and birth, and living 8 hours away from my family, I struggled horribly with PND. I think back to the ‘fourth trimester’ and I can remember thinking how am I supposed to do this all by myself? Running on little to no sleep, no time for self care, still processing the last 9 months and all while having full responsibility for this precious little person who causes you to feel the most overwhelming waves of emotions! . . The theme for this year is “I wish I knew...”. I wish I knew that I didn’t have to do it all. I tried my absolute hardest to wake up each day and tick off my to do list, to keep the house clean, keep up with all the laundry and the dishes and have dinner ready when my husband was home from work. I look back and I so wish I had just felt ok to leave it all and just focus on myself and Audrey. I wish I knew that those days wouldn’t last forever. I wish I knew that what I was feeling was normal. I wish I had knew about, and watched, @mummytimeco earlier. And I really really wish I knew that PANDA existed.  If you are struggling or feeling alone, speak to someone, don’t be afraid to join a mother’s group, go to your local child health nurse and ask for help, ring the PANDA helpline. There is ALWAYS someone who can help ♥️ @pandanational @mummytimeco . . . 📷 by @stacieswift
Do you look after you? Do you take time out from your busy schedule feeding & dressing & washing for everyone else in your family? #selfcaresaves is such an important message. Just like putting on your own oxygen mask first. If you have an empty tank, then how can you help others? Take time out. Have a cuppa with a girlfriend. Have a walk by yourself. Take a 5 minute meditation break. Have a champagne with your bestie. Get a massage. Get a facial. Have a big bubble bath whilst playing soothing music with the door locked! And a big shoutout to Lauren from  @mumswhowine_au for creating these cute tank tops with the important reminder emblazoned across the front!  And if you purchase one of these for $35 (head to the link in the Mums Who Wine bio to purchase) EVERY cent goes direct to @pandanational to help new and expecting Mums and Dads experiencing Perinatal Anxiety & Depression. #pandaawarenessweek
This is surprising!  Repost from @pandanational - Most people are surprised to know that around 1 in 10 new dads experience perinatal (during pregnancy or after birth) anxiety or depression. Learn more at www.panda.org.au  #itaintweaktospeak #soldiersunited #beyondblue #theblackdog #mentalhealthawareness #pandaawarenessweek #pandaawareness #ruokay #mentalhealth #itsokaynottobeokay
I used to wish there was a blood test to diagnose depression. ➕ It felt like too much pressure to base such a huge declaration on what I was saying. Especially as my mind was so foggy and confused. ➕ I actually gave the wrong answers - which felt like the “right” answers - when I took Nina for her 6 week check. ➕ I didn’t want to admit that things were getting on top of me. I didn’t want to admit that I was rarely looking forward to things. So I lied. I said everything was peachy keen and walked out of there relieved I had flown under the radar. I have since discovered that this is actually a 🚩 for PND #pandaawarenessweek ➕ It is so bizarre and foreign now to think that I would rather have a nurse (who I would never see again) think that I was fine, rather than be truthful and get help. ➕ It was something I held to for months. I wanted so desperately for everything to be ok. Like I said yesterday, I thought this was “normal”. 🤦‍♀️😥 ➕ Until one day my counsellor - Amanda - looked at me kindly and said, “I think you’re exhausted because you’re working so hard for everything to be ok. It doesn’t have to be this hard.” ➕ These were some of the most hope-filled words I have ever heard. They marked a turning point in my first encounter with PND: naming how I was feeling and that I could feel better. ➕ My initial plan was counselling and anti-depressants. ➕ I loved my counsellor and saw her most weeks. ➕ I felt really scared about taking the tablets ... I didn’t know anyone who had ever taken anti-depressants ... I felt like such a failure that I couldn’t cope with life ... I didn’t know how I would feel, if I’d put on weight, what would happen to my libido. But I also felt like I had been trying to cope for over a year and had been spiraling down, so I was willing to try them. ➕ On the first day I took them I felt like I was on a boat - like everything was moving in front of my eyes. I took this as a
Starting a business makes you feel all kinds of vulnerable. Suddenly, all of your hours, weeks, months of planning, every idea and creative thought is put on a pedestal for all to see (although I have learned that the world doesn't stop when you launch a website 🤦‍♀️) You wonder if people will really understand what you're trying to create. I like to think of Slow Trading as an extension of my vulnerable self and I do believe vulnerability is essential in any business. I hope that Slow Trading moves and grows with our community and that we can share an honest, vulnerable side to the retail world. I'm a business owner and a mum. This week is Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness week. I was able to seek help relatively early for anxiety, but it wasn't easy, even for a strong willed, independent person like myself. I felt all kinds of vulnerable. Self doubt was through the roof. Blame, shame, weakness, guilt. All of the feelings. Yet it was at my most vulnerable that I was able to grow. To those of you that have been through, are going through or know someone who is experiencing depression or anxiety, a big heartfelt hug to you all. We are so lucky to live in Australia @pandanational are a great network and The Raphael Centre, Geelong were/are an incredible service. Here's to seeing strength in vulnerability.
Here’s to Postnatal and perinatal anxiety and depression awareness week 🌻 2 years I suffered with this. 2 years I was in full denial about it. Why? guilt.. stigma.. fear.. isolation.. feeling ungrateful to the fact I ‘shouldn’t have been feeling that way’.. 2 years I let it rule my decisions, my capability to be the mother that I dreamed of being, my relationships.. parenting is so hard but this, was dark. Feeling broken.. wondering every single night while I lay in bed, what was wrong with me. Feeling unworthy of my babies yet my love for them was never questioned. They were everything to me. I did everything for them and put them before anyone, before myself, always. I was just too hard on myself. I wish I could of accepted this then. During a break down my mind would flood with thoughts of giving my children to someone that could do better than I could. I reached my limits and enough was enough. Since reaching out for help, becoming educated about it and using different methods to get on top of my anxiety and overcome the depression I feel like MYSELF again and am now on a new journey. Im forever working on it but I can honestly say I’m THEIR best mumma. I’ve learnt to not be too hard on myself and have been able to find my content. I’ve taken steps towards chasing a career that will allow me to help other mummas that are suffering with an awful, dark storm cloud over their lives like I had. I have this desire to help them rise from it, to let them know they are not alone, that its OKAY and it does not have to be like this. I will aim to have this more talked about and made so much more aware of. It literally can happen to anyone. So, mummas.. daddas that are feeling like somethings not quite right, speak up. My door and my inbox is always and forever open to you’s and remember depression isn’t always sadness or misery. And if you’re reading this and have a mumma friend, ask her if she’s okay, like TRULY okay ♥️🌻
#iwishiknew #pandaawarenessweek @pandanational
From the 11th to the 17th of November is Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness (PANDA) week. Up to one in five expecting or new mothers and one in ten expecting or new fathers will experience perinatal anxiety or depression. Around 100,000 families will be affected by this illness every year across Australia. The theme of this year’s PANDA Week campaign is ‘I wish I knew’, because many expecting and new mums and dads are surprised and shocked by how challenging becoming a parent can be.  ________________________________ I wish I knew how common it was to have perinatal depression, because I was that one in five. I didn’t realise I had it til I read more on it and overcame it.  If you are suffering talk to a friend or family member about it or call the •PANDA National Helpline• 1300 726 306
Always a pleasure hanging out with @shevonnehunt and the crew at @kinderlingradio  You can watch the whole chat from today over on the Kinderling Radio Facebook page.  The entire half hour episode where I discussed in detail my personal connection with Perinatal Anxiety & Depression and answered viewer questions.  And how I felt when I first completed one of @pandanational Online Mental Health Checklists.. #pandaawarenessweek #mentalhealthchecklist #iwishiknew
This week is national PANDA week (@pandanational). Our friends @earlybirdsbaby encourage everyone to reach out and check in with other Mamas out there. 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are YOU ok?
Did you catch @chezzidenyer on @studio10au this morning? What a fantastic segment to raise awareness of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression during PANDA Week. @pandanational #pandaawarenessweek #mentalhealthchecklist #iwishiknew #studio10
Did you know that this week is Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) awareness week?  PANDA is Australia’s only national helpline that supports new mums and their families  that have been affected by depression or anxiety during their pregnancy or first year of parenthood.  Did you know that perinatal anxiety and depressions effects 1 in 5 expectant or new mums and 1 in ten new dads!! That’s a whole lot of us!  PANDA has launched their “I wish I knew” campaign to allow mums and dads to open up about things they perhaps struggled with, and to create more awareness for perinatal anxiety and depression and how it affects us all differently.  As someone who has suffered from perinatal anxiety and depression after two of my babies there is a whole lot of things I wish I knew... I wish I knew it wouldn’t be so easy  I wish I knew I could ask for help  I wish I knew I could say I struggled to enjoy being a mum  I wish I knew there was more help out there  I wish I knew that’s it’s ok to struggle  I wish I knew I didn’t have to “do it all”  I wish I knew breastfeeding isn’t for everyone  I wish I knew the housework actually could wait  I wish I knew it was ok to cry  I wish I knew it wasn’t always going to be so hard  I wish I knew that others were perhaps just better at hiding their struggles  I wish I knew everyone has some battles to overcome  I wish I knew I wasn’t the only one  What do you wish you knew? Comment below with your version of “I wish I knew”  Tag a new mum or dad; or just someone who you think would appreciate it xx  Remember we are not alone, we are all in this together. Please talk to someone, your friend, your mum, your sister, your doctor or a stranger. Ask the question, be the friend, be there for someone like you would want them to be there for you!  Why don’t you see how you’re going? PANDA has a mental health checklists for the whole family online. It’s anonymous and could just be the starting
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week is here! Perinatal (from conception through to the first year after birth) anxiety and depression affects around 100,000 families across Australia every year. Left untreated, it can have a devastating impact on parents, partners, baby and the rest of the family. In the worst cases, lives can even be put at risk. As big supporters of @pandanational we want to add our voice to the converstation and help to increase awareness. @pandanational have just launched their Mental Heal Checklist for Expecting and New Parents. It's an easy way for expecting and new parents who are struggling with their new role to find out whether their feelings are normal or something more serious. If it is more serious, the Checklist can point them towards the help they need. It's anonymous, online, quick and easy and can help new mums and dads know if they're experiencing a mental health issue. If you, or anyone you know is struggling please direct them to the Checklist and to @pandanational 's website for more support and information. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can start feeling better💚🧡
Mammoth thanks to @studio10au for dedicating an entire break to the very important discussion about Perinatal Anxiety & Depression. I felt lots of love discussing my personal experience and why I’m spreading the word about the wonderful work PANDA do in this space. @pandanational #pandaawarenessweek #mentalhealthchecklist #iwishiknew #studio10
Early morning start 🎧 📺  Spreading the word on Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week AND the release of the all new @pandanational Online Mental Health Checklists!  You can hear me today on 2DayFM, ABC, Triple M, Kinderling Radio @kinderlingradio, Nova and see me this morning on @studio10au at 10am.  #pandaawarenessweek #iwishiknew #mentalhealthchecklist

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