Mom Gets Real About Postpartum Depression: "It Freaking Sucks"

The craziest thing about postpartum depression? It can rear its ugly head during some of life's happiest moments. A real mom hits that point on the head in a recent Instagram post.

Real mom Ashley French might seem like she has it all: A beautiful family, a fulfilling career, an incredibly healthy outlook on life—and because of that, you might never guess French suffers from postpartum depression.

But that's the thing about postpartum depression: It doesn't discriminate. It can affect women of all walks of life, and more often than not, it comes along when you expect to feel happier than ever. It can hit you even when you objectively know you have so much to be thankful for, and it can bury all that joy you're feeling.

French touched upon that point in a recent Instagram post that's sure to resonate with fellow mamas who are working through postpartum depression. 

"A few months after this little ball of joy was brought into our lives, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. And the truth?? It FREAKING SUCKS," the mom wrote alongside a photo of herself  and her son celebrating his first birthday. "It's a constant mind battle. WHAT THE HELL DO I HAVE TO BE DEPRESSED ABOUT? I have two miracle blessings that bring unspeakable joy to my life every second of every day. They are my world. My ENTIRE world. And yet, I have days where I can't see past the next 5 minutes. I doubt everything I think I know. My abilities to be a mother. My strength to overcome it. My own self-worth."

You want the TRUTH? The whole TRUTH? And nothing BUT the truth? . In all the celebrating we've done this past week for this guys first birthday, there's also been a lot of tears. Tears of frustration, tears of sadness, tears of unhappiness. All tears that I'm trying to turn into happy tears. . Ya see, a few months after this little ball of joy was brought into our lives, I was diagnosed with post-partum depression. And the truth?? It FREAKING SUCKS. . It's a constant mind battle. WHAT THE HELL DO I HAVE TO BE DEPRESSED ABOUT? I have two miracle blessings that bring unspeakable joy to my life every second of every day. They are my world. My ENTIRE world. And yet, I have days where I can't see past the next 5 minutes. I doubt everything I think I know. My abilities to be a mother. My strength to overcome it. My own self-worth. . Post-partum depression SUCKS. It's comes and goes like the East Tennessee weather, and leaves the damage of a tornado for me to try to pick back up. I struggle with this wayyyyyy more than I admit to, and I think it's time to not only bring light to that, but to join forces with other mommas and work TOGETHER to find that peace with ourselves... PPD or not. . Starting in April, I'm going to do something I have never done before, but something that I am uber excited to explore. I'm going to be hosting a group of mommas (near and far) who struggle with the day to day battle of making time for ourselves and finding the peace within us. We are going to focus on carving out time in the MORNING (while the rest of the house sleeps😴😴) to make time for US. Whether you have 5 minutes or 55, this group will work to help you find your own inner strength, set your day up for success, and put YOU back on your priority list. I'm calling it, the "miracle momma morning" and I'm looking for any other mommas (of both humans and animals😉) to join forces and UNITE to take on the morning, so that we can be the miracle mommas we all are. It's completely FREE, and the only thing I ask is that you bring a willingness to set your alarm a few minutes earlier than normal. No snoozing allowed😂 (Keep reading in the comments)

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These words are powerful and they're real—each woman's experience with postpartum depression is unique, but that feeling of self-doubt is something most will understand. And the effect postpartum depression can have on your life? Well, that's something that should never be underestimated. But French believes in the value of discussing the issue, and we couldn't agree with her more. "I have shared my struggle with PPD very openly and publicly on social media because I live by the mantra 'If we don't talk about it, it goes untalked about.' I feel that issues often get swept under the rug and I just try to be a voice to bring it back to the surface," the mom told Fit Pregnancy.

"Postpartum depression SUCKS," French wrote. "It's comes and goes like the East Tennessee weather, and leaves the damage of a tornado for me to try to pick back up. I struggle with this wayyyyyy more than I admit to, and I think it's time to not only bring light to that, but to join forces with other mommas and work TOGETHER to find that peace with ourselves... PPD or not."

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