Postpartum OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), is a mental illness that affects a small number of women (less than 5%) postpartum, but is a very serious condition that all women should be aware of before giving birth.
Are you concerned because you spent nine months excitedly waiting for your bundle of joy to arrive but now you don’t feel the way you thought you would? Do you struggle to connect with your baby? Do you worry about not being the mom you thought you would be? Don’t worry, mommy. What you are feeling is perfectly normal. While you may only have a case of the “baby blues,” postpartum depression is also a possibility.
The runny nose hasn’t let up for weeks, that nagging cough is never-ending — and nothing you do can stop those tiny fingers from rubbing those watery, red eyes. Instead of a cold, your little one could be suffering from allergies, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis. And lots of children (even very young children) end up having them: Plant pollen causes an allergic reaction in up to 40 percent of kids, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
We started to interview “AMA” moms and kept interviewing them until the stories repeated. We drew out the themes and learned so much about this trend. I do mean literal trend—the only group in the USA, Canada, and most of Western Europe showing population growth are women over 35.
I know sometimes I complicate things by interjecting too much ‘adult’ thinking and reasoning. What I really need to do is throw all the baggage of adulthood away and think like a toddler–I need to put myself in their tiny little shoes. I am finding that my toddlers are actually brilliant beings who have figured it all out and maybe, just maybe, I could learn a thing or two from them.