With a Little Love and Luck

http://www.withalittleloveandluck.com

Where I reveal my squishy underbelly as I muddle through new motherhood and my struggles with PPD.

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

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

First, don't take no for an answer. If you feel off, talk to your doctor. You don't have to have intrusive or suicidal thoughts to have PPD or PPA. If your doctor doesn't listen? Find a new one. Remember, you pay them to provide you with quality care.

You CAN be a good mom and have this illness. You CAN breastfeed and take medication. You CAN find a therapist that is qualified who will work with your budget limitations. You WILL get through this.

If you feel like you're struggling, you're not alone. Don't be afraid to reach out. What I found was that once I opened up, others weren't so afraid to admit they were also struggling.

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

Remember, the perfect mother doesn't really exist. Everyone has to make sacrifices. Everyone makes mistakes, and you're allowed to as well.

Sometimes it's hard, but I try to remember that my family's health and happiness are #1 and #2. The rest can wait.

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

The smile that's waiting to greet me when I pick my son up from daycare.

A hug from my husband.

Running, writing, crafts, and the support I get from the #ppdchat mamas on Twitter

A huge slice of almond buttercream cake, a beer, or 6 Oreos will do in a pinch.