Pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders often make moms feel like they aren’t worthy to be loved and they may fear that their babies won’t ever love them.
It's a feeling I knew all too well with my oldest. When my postpartum depression was at its worst, I struggled to understand how he could love me when I was feeling overwhelmed, irritable, and resentful most of the time. I also struggled with guilt because I didn't fall head over heels in love with him at first, as I anticipated I would.
Maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression are the number one complication of childbirth and are treatable with professional help. It was with the help of a therapist, medication, and time itself that I started feeling more confident in my role as a mother. I began to understand that I was worthy of my son's love -- and I began falling in love with him too.
Every year Postpartum Progress asks their Climb Out of the Darkness leaders to send in pictures or videos of themselves with their kids/families for an official Climb video. The video aims to let struggling mothers know that there is light at the end of the darkness and that things do get better.
So this video is dedicated to those of you who are still in the trenches, or know someone who is. You are worthy of love, even though there are days when it will feel like you aren't.
Fredericksburg's Climb Out of the Darkness walk is June 18. It isn't too late to register! The Climb is a free, family-friendly event (registration required). If you would like to join us, or support moms with a donation to Postpartum Progress, please visit our team's fundraising page.