Jasmine Kleiber (36) and Jacob (9 months old)
Jasmine shares -
“I've definitely become more self-conscious, but also less worried about my body postpartum. It's been amazing how much my husband has responded to my new body, in a very positive way. I think he's as amazed by this process as I have been.
My postpartum experience wasn't a happy one initially. I'd had a very difficult pregnancy and delivery, once baby arrived my milk took almost two weeks to come in, and due to severe blood loss during delivery I had an extended recovery time. My son's colic though, made it really challenging to enjoy the experience once we got home from the hospital, and ultimately I was suffering from postpartum depression on top of it all. I had the support of my husband and friends but no one could relate to what I was going through. I, like many, felt very isolated and guilty that I wasn't enjoying motherhood. While I never wanted to hurt my son, and didn't truly want to hurt myself, I had visions of walking into on-coming traffic and wondered what I had done to deserve so many challenges. I'm now almost 9 months into parenthood, and after reaching out for professional help for my PPD I'm enjoying being a mom and getting into my stride between work and parenting. I can't really remember what life without my little guy was like.
It is so much harder and more rewarding than I ever imagined!“