postpartum anxiety

Episode 035 - "Charlando with self-love and mental health advocate Melanie Santos"

Melanie Santos is a cosmically connected New Yorker, millennial Latina, wife, mother, and self-love and mental health advocate dedicated to shining her light in an effort to stimulate change. Using her online social presence, she motivates her followers to reach deep within, connect with their higher selves, and manifest their best lives by living purposely and loving unconditionally.

MEL À LA MODE caters to women of all walks of life with a focus on overall empowerment, spiritual enlightenment, modern parenting, budget-friendly fashion and organic beauty, travel, the promotion of self-love, and the destigmatization of mental health.

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Episode 034- "Mourning Your Old Life and the You of the Past"

Right after having baby, I experienced this great deal of mourning of the person I once was and the life she lived. Now, 16 months later, I reflect on how much I've changed and give you permission to mourn while showing you how to embrace your new life.  The new you. 

Episode 015 - "Emergency C-section, Postpartum Anxiety, and Postpartum Care" with guest Stacey Gay

From the moment I saw Stacey's first post with her daughter, I knew I wanted to learn more about her birth story and her journey to motherhood. Stacey shares how she felt when she learned she was pregnant with her rainbow baby Isabella, the events that led up to her emergency c-section, her postpartum anxiety and care.
One thing we both forgot to touch upon during the podcast was her breastfeeding journey with Isabella. After we spoke, Stacey messaged me to make sure I let other moms know how much anxiety can play a role. She writes, "I continued to pump even though most times I would get less than half an ounce or sometimes an ounce at the most… I just kept breast-feeding and pumping even though Isabella was getting formula for almost all of her meals I would just give her whatever milk I could. I prayed almost everyday that my milk would increase. I started eating oatmeal. Drinking mothers milk tea & drank lots of water. Just kept trying & one day I got 1 full oz (both breast) then I started getting 1 per breast.
Then it just started increasing it was inconsistent in amounts but it was coming. So I just kept at it until I realized omg I've been giving her all pumped breast milk.
Now she nurses and I pump but she's exclusively on bm and I'm so grateful. But I had to take it one day at a time and even accept that maybe I wouldn't be able to Breastfeed. I also noticed a significant increase in supply when I was less stressed & on the other side of anxiety. Stress. C section. Thyroid deficiency but somehow it all worked out."
Never give up mamas.
You can find Stacey as "Stacey Gay" on Facebook and @stacey_stayfit on Instagram

Episode 005 - "Getting It All Done" with guest Tricia Ross

Tricia Ross drops so many gems:

  • Pregnancy as a type 2 diabetic
  • Unplanned C-section
  • Supplementing with formula while nursing
  • Working from home
  • And the financial decisions that her family decided to make in order to spend more time with their baby

She covers it all. From life in "the trenches" to the patience necessary to find yourself again after baby. 

You can connect with her @flizzers and @artsyrossydesign on Instagram.