A blogger and mum of four is sharing her experiences of post-natal anxiety in the hope of encouraging other women to seek help.
Mel Watts runs Modern Mumma and says that she first experienced post-natal anxiety after having her penultimate child.
Last time around, her attacks were so severe that she could barely leave her house but she didn’t seek help for nine months.
And now, her anxiety has returned with her most recent attack happening in Kmart.
‘Today I walked out of Kmart mid-anxiety attack looking for a bathroom and hoping to God this isn’t happening to me again. The reality is, it is.
‘And even though I’m disappointed in myself and I feel as though all the things I worked so hard for last year have come undone, I know what it felt like to be okay after my last bout of post-natal anxiety. This time I’m on top of it and I’m off to get help before it becomes my life again.
‘I tried so hard to push myself through it and I’m exhausted. I need sleep. However, I’m okay. And I will be okay. This is just one of those things that can happen and unfortunately for me, it’s hit me quickly. Recognising and acknowledging it is far more than what I’ve done in the past.’
She says that she’s sharing her experiences because ‘even though my photos, my posts and even my snaps all seem pretty normal, you actually have no idea what’s going on in someone’s head’.
‘Know it’s okay not to be okay, as long you get the help you need! It doesn’t work straight away but I promise it helps.’
And the post is resonating with hundreds of mums in a similar situation offering up their own experiences and tips for dealing with anxiety.
‘After my youngest who is nearly two I was in such a dark place,’ writes one mum.
‘I felt like a failure for having the feelings I had but I did go to doctors after a month and I am lucky to have such an amazing husband. I’m so glad there are ladies out there like you who discuss it publicly as some mummies struggle to talk about it.
‘For first-time mums who don’t know what the heck is going on, it’s such a scary thing to go through. So, thank you for putting it out there that it’s OK to not be OK and to ask for help.’
Another writes: ‘Very brave post and you are raising awareness to a very important issue. I suffered from post natal anxiety and didn’t realise it was even a thing until I saw one of your other posts. It gets better. Hope people seeing you get help encourages them to.’