#30DaysofThanks: Thankful for moms

thankful for momsToday, Nov. 25, i am grateful for other moms.

As a first-time mom, motherhood didn’t exactly come naturally to me. I often felt overwhelmed and unsure of myself. Further, I got postpartum depression and anxiety, which really made motherhood difficult.

I am grateful for all the moms out there who offered advice, be they friends and family who spoke to me personally or through messages, the moms I came to know through various online groups and the moms I have never met whose words in news articles and blogs helped me through all those tough times.

Most moms expect this wonderful, loving and exciting time when raising a new baby. Moms like me, especially moms with postpartum depression and anxiety, struggle to find those warm, happy feelings and instead battle depression, anxiety, feelings of guilt and inadequacy, anger, frustration and more.

It is through the support of others, particularly moms who have been there and who have been unafraid to share their stories, that moms like me come out on the other side. Even more importantly, it is through these strong moms – warrior moms they are called in postpartum depression circles – that moms still in the throes of PPD can face another day.

So today, I am thankful for all you moms – friends, family, acquaintances and even strangers – who have been brave enough to share your stories. You have helped me more than you will ever know!

Will you join me in taking the #30DaysofThanks challenge? Each day from Nov. 1-30, write or share something for which you’re thankful with the hash tag #30DaysofThanks.

If you are struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety or other perinatal mood disorders, please seek medical advice, as well as visit Postpartum Progress.