Postpartum Depression can begin during or after the birth of a baby. One to two women in 10 experience it in the United States. Don’t remain in the dark. Hear facts and encouragement from Judy in the following interview.  When you click on this link,look to the left under the logo, where it says; “view in itunes.” Click on that and #2 show with Connie Gruning is Judy’s interview as well.

From Judy:

There is no way to be a perfect mother, but lots of ways to be a really good one!”

Let this bring some immediate relief as you register this truth in your head and your heart as we begin: You cannot be perfect. Not one of us is a perfect human being or a perfect mother—not me, not you! But you can be a really great mother—we must all accept that is good enough. You can be authentic and perfectly you! Sorry if being imperfect comes as a shock to some of you, but it’s true. Each one of us has our variety of weaknesses and imperfections, along with our strengths and excellence. Also, let this next sentence register permanently in your head and your heart: If you feel you are struggling with postpartum depression,  know that it is not a sign of weakness, or a sign that you are a bad mother or have a lack of faith.

Rather, it is rooted in real physical cause. Birth, and being a new mom, is one of those times in life that we can be too hard on ourselves. Try to give yourself a break—let go of the pressure you’re placing on yourself to be perfect, and to make everything absolutely perfect. Even though the jobs of a mom are immense, you can learn to let go and accept you are doing the best you are able to do at this time. Take a breath, and know that this postpartum condition is not something you chose for yourself—you cannot control it, but you will learn how to adjust your perspective about it.