I know the faces. I know the look. I see it everyday. The deep sorrow that distorts her face almost imperceptivity – blink and you will miss it. The racing, anxious thoughts that spin around her mind faster than the carnival Tilt-A-Whirl. She is so good at hiding. She knows that something isn’t quite right. She laughs and says she’s just tired. But I see her. I feel her pain, fear and shame. Something isn’t right.
The article below from Karen Kleiman gives voice to why women struggling with peripartum (during pregnancy and postpartum) must talk about how they are really feeling. They deserve understanding, acceptance and advocacy from their family, friends and health care professionals. Moms, if you are hurting it’s okay to say, “I’m not okay!” There is hope. Peripartum depression and anxiety are very treatable!
~Kim Kertsburg, LCSW