What is Postpartum Depression Like? A Real Mom’s Story with Jess of Light and Lotus

While it’s not uncommon for new moms to experience the baby blues, how do we know when they’re up against something more severe like postpartum depression?

Listen in to this week’s episode to hear a therapist’s experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her first baby.

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Episode 50 | July 7, 2020

What’s new this week

Intense mood swings, exhaustion, sadness, and anger are all signs that something is off during a mother’s postpartum phase, but when does one draw the line and ask for help? Or how does a new mom get help in the first place? Jess and I chat about these questions and more in a candid conversation about postpartum depression, infertility, miscarriage, and the state of our health care system in the United States.

There’s more to postpartum than the blissful moments’ everyone expects you to feel, this is a real story of a new mom’s strength and vulnerability.

Meet Jess

Jess is a certified therapist, mom of two, and founder of Light + Lotus. She is passionate about natural wellness, spirituality, and essential oils. Follow her on Instagram for daily inspiration and education.

Jess, the founder and creator of Light + Lotus

Topics Covered

Jess’s road to motherhood | 3:37

Grateful but struggling| 9:24

The defining moment of “I need help” | 11:18

Picking up the phone | 15:32

Her experience with baby number two | 24:16

No mom focus| 33:10

Jess answers self-care questions | 38:55

Additional Resources

Are you looking for more resources and support for your postpartum phase?


If you are experiencing an emergency situation, please call 911

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Postpartum Support International (PSI): 1-800-944-4773

Supportive books:

The Fourth Trimester

This Isn’t What I Expected

The Postnatal Depletion Cure

Build Your Nest: A Postpartum Planning Workbook 

Blog posts:

Postpartum Self-Care Tips for New Moms

Every Mother: My Postpartum Workout Routine

The Modern Mama’s Must-Have Newborn Baby Items


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