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How My Life Changed After Childbirth
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How My Life Changed After Childbirth
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A lot of people can agree that they want everything to be ‘perfect’. We perfectionists stress over the most miniscule of matters, from constantly worrying about what other people will think of us to wondering if you’re doing something ‘right’… It’s hard to just let go and live life for yourself. That all changed a few years back when I gave birth to my son, Gabriel. It was a traumatic birth to say the least. This will be somewhat hard to read, as it is not a lovely story about pregnancy and child birth, but tough problems some women go through.

When I gave birth, my son was born with lung difficulties, which meant he was so very close to dying that he did not breathe for the first 6 minutes of his life. After his birth, I was diagnosed with post-natal depression and for the first year of his life, I felt I was not coping well with juggling so much. But looking back, I realised that, even going through a difficult period of mine and my son’s life, we both did incredibly well.

Having a mental illness, post-natal depression, is never something to be ashamed of. Going through anything traumatic is hard but at the end of our journey we come out stronger and more capable than ever!

“The NHS states 1 in 10 women experience post-partum depression.”
Sharing my experience with others will hopefully make more women feel comfortable to talk about stigmatised issues that women face every day.

“I wish I could use words to articulate the love I feel for him.”

We are constantly worrying about concerns that do not, in the grand scheme of things, truly matter! Having gone through all that I have, it has made me appreciate the day to day matters, and ensure we are well, safe and, most importantly, happy. My son, Gabriel, is our angel; not only is he incredibly funny, kind and sensitive, but he loves his cuddles! He is worth every anxiety, worry, tear and pain I have experienced.

The one advice I can impart as a woman who was a perfectionist and worried about what others thought? Be kind to yourself and try not to stress over the tiniest of things, as you will never know what life will throw at you. And truly? It is not worth your health.

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