Postpartum intrusive thoughts are common, but rarely talked about. That needs to change.
As a born and raised planner, I had my life figured out pretty early on. But things quickly changed when I got pregnant and I had to learn how to be a parent, too.
I was obsessed with the idea that my second son couldn't possibly be mine, but these thoughts were actually a symptom of something else.
Untreated mental illness can lead pregnant women and new moms to take their own lives. While their deaths are often preventable, shame and stigma sometimes stop them from getting help in time.
I'm going to do things a little differently—and not be so hard on myself—with my second baby.