The stunning Nikki Morrissey, currently 39 weeks pregnant with a baby girl, and Harper (2).
Nikki learned in processing her upbringing that she'd been experiencing generalized anxiety as the result of PTSD as a teenager. Because of this, she knew that she was at increased risk for postpartum depression but never expected postpartum anxiety, OCD and intrusive thoughts to cloud her early days of motherhood. Her pregnancy went very well, as did her delivery, but she found herself alone with her baby in a new place as her husband deployed.
Nikki was able to reach out to a therapist and get help and feels like she's in a good place moving forward through this pregnancy. Things have been a bit harder chasing a toddler around this time and she experienced some depression in her second trimester but found it to be more situational than clinical as she navigated the Alaskan winter. Nikki has some fear that she'll experience postpartum depression and anxiety postpartum but feels she has a good safety net in place to help her along the way. She plans to deliver on base when her second daughter is ready to make her appearance.
Nikki wants her girls to grow up knowing that there is no one way to be, that whoever they are and whatever they look like is wonderful. She also wanted to participate to help other women who are struggling with postpartum mood disorders know they are not alone. It's okay to talk about these things, it's okay to get help, it's okay to know you'll get through it, she says.