I was lucky enough to interview, via email, a mother/blogger I’ve been admiring ever since I read her syndicated piece on BlogHer: “I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Take Medication.” I wanted to hear from a mom who had faced the decisions I’m facing and come out, well, come out a MOM. A woman with babies. At this point, I don’t really need to hear that everything will be peachy. I just want to hear that it will all be ok. And Cristi of Motherhood Unadorned is really, really good at telling anyone who needs to hear it that it will all be ok. Just ask her on Twitter! You’ll recognize her picture–she’s got blue hair, very blue hair, to raise awareness for suicide prevention. I’ll let Cristi do the blogging from now on. For the record, she does note:
“I am not a medical professional at all. I just have been dealing with mental health doctors for about 15 years.”
#1) Did you seek help or advice before your first pregnancy? Before your second? If so, where did you look?
#2) Was there one moment where you knew you needed to go on/stay on medication? or was it your whole experience?
#3) What did you learn about yourself during your first pregnancy that made the second easier? Specifically, how did you develop a thicker skin for dealing with all those messages that say this decision is “unnatural” and that taking pills while pregnant or breast-feeding is always unsafe?
#4) Do you have any advice for women trying to navigate our own mental health and plan the healthiest pregnancy possible?