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Appreciate Who You See in the Mirror: Wife of Denver Broncos Player Shares Struggles with Postpartum Depression

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A special welcome to Leah Harris, owner of Arie X Avie & Wife of Denver Broncos Cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

To me, being a mom is one of the best experiences I’ve in had in my life. I have three kids under the age of four, and guess what – they’re all girls! My life has never been filled with more pink and bows, but I’ve also never struggled so much with postpartum depression and anxiety. Did you know it’s the most common complication of pregnancy? One in 7 mamas suffer from it but too few of us talk about it. I experienced it with my first two pregnancies, but this last pregnancy was really tough. I’ve struggled with anxiety and being overwhelmed, which is a great recipe for a breakdown when you’re also sleep deprived! Sometimes a simple question like what I ate for lunch can feel like too much.

After my first breakdown I took a good look in the mirror and decided to evaluate myself. I took notice of the positives and the things I wanted to work on. I went out and bought a new planner and starting writing in events and goals. I also joined a new gym and found friends to work out with. Making time for myself, even just a few minutes, is the most critical part to dealing with my postpartum depression and anxiety. For me, journaling, exercising and socializing are key to my physical and mental health. I even make sure I put on a little eyeliner and lip color every day so I can appreciate my reflection in the mirror. It’s the little things that can make such a huge difference in our moods.

Taking time for yourself may seem impossible but there are steps you can take to help you feel better.

  • Get support from family and friends so you can keep active, eat healthy and get enough rest and time for yourself.
  • Talk to a professional.
  • Learn as much as you can about pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Join a support group in your area or online.
  • Don’t give up! It may take more than one try to get the right help you need.

For all the mamas out there that are struggling with pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety, you’re not alone! We’re in this together!

For more information, including local support groups and resources, visit postpartum.net/colorado or call 1-800-944-4773. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

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