It wasn’t until I had my fourth baby that I experienced postpartum depression and anxiety for the first time, and it was terrifying. I had no idea what was happening. My moods were up and down, I was exhausted, and I was having irrational thoughts that couldn’t be controlled. I only wanted to be alone with my baby. Everything felt like a threat to our safety, and I didn’t even want my husband holding our daughter.
Being online and in front of thousands of people every day didn’t help. I was hurting so deeply, but I had to maintain a constantly happy face. It was confusing and frustrating and hopelessly tiring.
Thankfully, my symptoms eventually subsided, and I was able to regain my mental and emotional health. But when I got pregnant with my fifth baby, the fear of having the same experience immediately came rushing in. I was willing to do anything to prevent my depression and anxiety from returning.
I did a lot of things differently for Baby #5. I rested more-taking it easy with the fitness, and I integrated practices like HypnoBabies to prep more intentionally for my second drug-free homebirth and placenta encapsulation to support my health after baby. In this video, I’m talking more about my decision to encapsulate my placenta and why it might be a choice you may want to consider making.
MY FAVORITE PREGNANCY & BIRTHING TIME RESOURCE: I used the Hypnobabies Home Study Course, and I recommend it to all my doula clients. Hypnobabies is a comprehensive, unique, and successful childbirth hypnosis program for creating an easier, more comfortable birth experience. Home study courses, individual MP3 tracks, and Hypno-Doula Training products are available here.
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BexLife.com and the Blissed In® wellness movement, is a mother-of-five, TV host, meditation guide, author, speaker, birth doula, fitness and yoga instructor, and popular social media personality. Her first book, You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life (Hay House 2017), is available now, wherever books are sold.
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