As I mentioned briefly in my New Year’s Newsletter, Lindsay of Nutrition Instincts recently interviewed me about Postpartum Wellness.

Postpartum Wellness

Lindsay is a sweet individual as well as a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified eating disorder specialist and certified intuitive eating professional.

Here is a sample of the interview:

“Abby, can you share a little more about what you do and who you work with?

“Sure, psychotherapy, therapy and counseling are different ways of describing talking with a licensed professional for the purposes of bettering your life. I work with people from all walks of life, but I have a special place in my heart for women who are wanting to conceive, pregnant, postpartum, and parenting. For many parents, it becomes second nature to focus on our children. Unfortunately, this sometimes means letting self-care slide. I believe taking care of ourselves is one of the most important things we can do to take care of others.

“Have you ever flown on a plane? Do you remember the instructions the flight attendants give us about oxygen masks? “If you are traveling with someone needing your assistance, be sure to place your own oxygen mask first.” If we pass out, we won’t be any good to those that need us.

“Many of us hear about the “baby blues.” I had friends who told me about it but I didn’t really understand what it was until long after I experienced it. Can you talk a little about the differences between the “baby blues” and postpartum depression?

The “baby blues” hit 85% to 90% of new mothers, typically on day 4 postpartum, when hormones take a massive drop. This stage usually lasts about two weeks, and is considered “normal.” If signs and symptoms of anxiety or depression persist after two weeks, then consider being evaluated for postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety or another mental illness.”

You can read her entire interview here.