Meet Sherry from Texas!
Hi there! Everyone welcome Sherry! How are you feeling today mama?
I’m sleepy. Caroline woke up at 5am.
How many children do you have?
1, Caroline (almost 2)
How old were you when you had your first child?
Do you remember your initial reaction when you found out you were pregnant?
I was super excited, scared, nervous all at the same time. We had only been trying for two months so it happened fast.
What first comes to mind when you think of mental health?
Not taken seriously and not enough resources available.
Do you suffer from any mental illnesses yourself?
Post partum depression and anxiety
How was your mental health before you became a mama? How has motherhood changed or improved your mental health?
I had some depression before Caroline but nothing like what I experienced after birth. I was not fully prepared for how Caroline would change our every day life and so I suffered extreme depression and anxiety with her. I also didn’t have as much help as I thought I was going to have and so I felt very alone and very trapped inside the house.
How do you self care?
Crossfit and getting my nails done
Do you have any stories you’d like to share?
I was told through most of my pregnancy that Caroline is going to be a large baby so I decided to get induced because I was afraid that she was going to just be this huge giant baby and she ended up only being 7 1/2 pounds. I did not fully understand what being induced meant and it was horrible. I was in labor for 36 hours and did have an epidural which really did help but before I got that it was awful and I was not prepared for that at all. No one at the hospital asked anything about my birth plan except for weather and I want an epidural. I didn’t even hold her right after because I didn’t know what they were doing to me down there. That is one of my biggest regrets.
Any advice for other mamas?
Ask for help! People didn’t show up to help like I thought they would but I also didn’t ask. Don’t over think your registry. Most of that stuff you wouldn’t even need.
Hire a maid! Best mental health thing I did besides seeing a therapist.
Let’s get to know a little more!
What’s your drink of choice? If any.
Root beer. I’m allergic to alcohol.
Do you have a favorite movie, or TV show?
Almost anything on TLC
What’s the cutest thing your kid has done?
Just asking for hugs and kisses
Salty or sweet?
Two Boston terriers, Daisy and Odie!
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