The lovely Devinn Martinez and Abigail (19 months).
The message Devinn hopes to send to others about motherhood is that your story doesn't always go as planned and sometimes you need more support than you will ever imagine but all of that is okay. Motherhood always seemed something that Devinn would find herself independent and alone in but the support that she's received from her postpartum care, and through her family and friends has been amazing.
Pregnancy went well for Devinn, though she found that she was asked often if she had gestational diabetes due to her being plus sized. She had always hoped to have labor begin on it's own and have an intervention/medication free delivery but when her doctor started asking if she'd like to be induced she decided to go for it. In hindsight, Devinn wonders if her hormones and body not being quite ready contributed to the postpartum depression she experienced after her daughters birth.
While birth was uncomplicated, Devinn said she was not prepared for the recovery that came with postpartum healing and wishes more people would talk about that. Healing from tears and being home to care for her new baby were difficult. Postpartum depression set in and Devinn is grateful she was quick to get help and had the support of those around her. She went on medication for 4-6 weeks before weaning off and though she still struggled for a couple of months there after, found that treatment was exactly what she needed to begin to feel herself again.
Participating in this movement and sharing her story was important to Devinn for many reasons. Documenting these moments as a new mother and shining light on the struggles that sometimes come with postpartum were key in her choosing to join us all the way from California.