Episode 7: Advice for Pregnant Mamas

I have been listening a lot to The Creative Penn podcast. This podcast covers all aspects of writing and publishing and provides a ton of information about indie publishing. I’m writing a memoir about my adventures with postpartum depression and assumed I would try to find an agent and take the traditional publishing path. The Creative Penn has me excited about self-publishing. I’ve decided that’s what I’m going to do! It’s faster. I can keep prices down. And I get to maintain creative control.

I’ve been reading When Food is Love by Geneen Roth. The Universe definitely wants me to read this book. A couple of weeks ago, I impulsively checked it out from the library. A few days later, my therapist recommended it. And then today, I spotted a copy of it at a used bookstore (and scooped it up because I need to own this book and highlight the shit out of it). I’ve struggled with my weight since I was fifteen, and I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I’m an emotional eater. This book is helping me figure a lot of things out.

I give a lot of advice for pregnant mamas:

  • Go to Postpartum Progress and get educated about postpartum depression, especially the risk factors and symptoms
  • Prepare a self-care checklist. I talk about this during Episode Two of the podcast.
  • Talk to your obstetrician about postpartum depression. Ask if you are at risk.
  • Talk to your people. These might be uncomfortable conversations, but it is easier to have them now, before your hormones go ballistic. Ask the people you trust to keep an eye on you and to be honest if they think you are not acting like yourself.
  • Have an email buddy.
  • And a text buddy.
  • Think about places you want to go once the baby arrives.
  • Think about what you want your life to be like after baby arrives.
  • Make a playlist of all your favorite anthems.
  • Pick some podcasts to binge listen to after baby arrives.
  • And maybe some easy books. (Now is not the time to tackle Ulysses.)
  • Find a psychiatrist. Ideally, meet with them. But if that’s not possible, at least research your options and now who you are going to contact if you need help.