Despite all its rewards, motherhood is far from easy. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health struggles can creep in or transform postpartum, often resulting in a sense of weighty guilt and loneliness.
For Desiree Fortin, a mom of triplets, battling her own anxiety and postpartum depression served as a call to help other mothers. She started a series on her Instagram account called "Confessions of the Anxious Mama," shedding light on even the most vulnerable and stressful of parenting events to give other mothers reassurance.
"I started the 'Confessions of the Anxious Mama' series because I wanted to remind other mamas that they are not alone," Desiree told POPSUGAR.
I truly believe there is something about being honest with our struggles that helps you face and overcome them, and for me I have seen that in my journey.
For me, it is therapeutic to write and I have found that not only is it remarkable to be encourageing others, but I too have found my own healing in sharing."
The mom from Encinitas, CA strives to be vulnerable in expressing her struggles in order to create a supportive community. Using her platform to create an honest perspective of parenting, Desiree aims to let other mothers know they're not alone in their best and worst experiences. She digs into a different topic with each post, ranging from feelings of shame to starting therapy and going on medication. In addition to her "Anxious Mamas" project, Desiree also banded together with other moms to create the "Dear 1 in 5" campaign to honour the one in five mothers who struggle with mental health.
Regardless of their journey, Desiree says she hopes moms are encouraged by her message, reminded they're not alone, and feel the support to seek help if they need it. Keep reading to see more of her refreshingly honest quotes about the realities of mental health as a mom.