Surviving the Darkness

Surviving Perinatal Depression and Anxiety: Moinka’s Story

Perinatal mental illness can be hard to diagnose during pregnancy, as it’s sometimes written off as “Oh, you’re just pregnant.” When I was pregnant with G, I was told several times “You had a miscarriage, it’s normal to feel anxious” when my husband and I tried talking to our OB about how I was feeling.… Read More Surviving Perinatal Depression and Anxiety: Moinka’s Story

Surviving the Darkness

Surviving Postpartum Depression: Heidi’s Story

Finding a supportive therapist who understands maternal mental illness, such as postpartum depression, can be tough. Add that to the fact that many therapists aren’t covered by insurance or insurance plans have high deductibles, and it’s little wonder many parents don’t follow through with therapy. Therapy can be so helpful, yet it’s not a viable… Read More Surviving Postpartum Depression: Heidi’s Story

Surviving the Darkness

Surviving Prenatal and Postpartum Depression: Vanessa’s Story

We hear a lot about postpartum mental illnesses, but the truth is, mental illness can arise during pregnancy as well. Prenatal depression. Antenatal depression. Pregnancy depression. Whatever you call it, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates 14-23% of women will struggle with depression during pregnancy. Vanessa was one of them, and I’m… Read More Surviving Prenatal and Postpartum Depression: Vanessa’s Story

Food Allergies

Ways to Teach Your Toddler How To Be Allergy-Aware

It’s never too early to start discussing food allergies with children. For many families, these discussions have taken place daily since their children were babies and experienced their first allergic reaction. Food allergy parents do this to keep our kids healthy and safe. But that isn’t enough. I’ve mentioned before that when it comes to… Read More Ways to Teach Your Toddler How To Be Allergy-Aware