Despite a widespread reluctance to talk about them, mood or anxiety disorders are a common element in many pregnancies.
A new video produced by Postpartum Progress, a blog dedicated to supporting women who “have postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth,” seeks to shine some light on the quiet desperation many mothers experience.
“I wish that people understood that we’re not horrible, crazy weak people,” one woman says in the video. “I never thought it would happen to me,” she added.
The video, titled “We Are Warrior Moms,” reveals statistics about the realities of postpartum depression intermingled with comments from women who have personally experienced it.
“None of this changes the love we have for our children,” the video declares. “And if you are struggling, we want you to know we are here for you.”
"I want Postpartum Progress to continue to be the go-to resource for women who are struggling, who are up at 2 a.m., Googling things like ‘I can’t stop these visions of my child dying’ or ‘I’m so angry and I don’t know why’ or ‘Why am I a terrible mother?'" Krause wrote last month.
“There is an entire community out here willing and ready to support you and cheer you on.”
JJ Feinauer is a writer for Deseret News National. Email: email@example.com, Twitter: jjfeinauer.