Kate Kripke, LCSW: Prenatal & Postpartum Wellness Strategies

http://katekripke.wordpress.com/blog

This is a blog in support of women who struggle through postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and the friends, families, and professionals who see them through to recovery.

Kate is a winner of Top 25 Postpartum Depression Blogs by Moms - 2012

What advice would you give to moms who are struggling with PPD?

Reach out for help. This can often be an incredibly difficult first step, but it is one that is imperative. While PPD can be incredibly frightening and overwhelming, it is absolutely treatable. Women who suffer from PPD, who reach out for help, and who follow treatment recommendations by trained providers get well. And the sooner a mom gets support for PPD, the easier it is to treat.

When you're struggling with a physical or mental illness, how do you keep up with all the demands of motherhood?

Motherhood is draining. One of the first things to go when women become mothers is their own self-care... For some reason our society has lead is to believe that self care is selfish. Unfortunately, this myth serves no one. Whether it is taking a break, enlisting the help of family, friends, or babysitters, going to a yoga class or the gym, going to the bathroom, or simply pausing to breathe, every single thing a mom does to take care of herself physically or emotionally is in service of her kiddos. What babies and children need most is for their moms to be well.

What's a mood booster that helps you get through a bad day?

Breath. Deep breathing- all the way to the base of your lungs- is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress. Taking a deep breath creates pause, helps our bodies relax, and brings more oxygen to the brain, which in turn helps our brains work more effectively. As simple as it is, breath literally changes our physiological response to stress.