Motherhood, particularly in the early days, can be a lonely place. And it can be especially isolating if you are dealing with any issues around postpartum anxiety. Lex Fitzgerald knows this first hand. After receiving some discouraging health news, the mama of three shared an emotional message on her Instagram account.
"The past two weeks have been a blur. Suffering from postpartum anxiety, especially anxiety based around medical diagnoses, my world was rocked when I received my test results. Scheduling doctor appointments with specialists, hearing words like 'life expectancy' and 'quality of life,' reading about all the possible hardships I might face in the future...absolutely destroyed me."
As a result, her milk supply plummeted from the stress she was feeling.
"It felt like over night, my body decided to stop producing milk. My little 4 month old Sawyer began to fight latching and just like that, within days, my motherhood was absolutely and completely changed. The more I fought to save my supply, the more it seemed like my body fought me and in turn, Sawyer fought my body."
Unsure of where to go for answers, Fitzgerald turned to her local moms Facebook group. A fellow member reached out to help, proving what we all know is true: how crucial it is for moms to have a village.
Fitzgerald writes, "So last night I reached out to my local mom Facebook group asking for help. An angel of a mama reached out and asked if she could give me her freezer stash. She didn't need it because she's a teacher and has been teaching from home. As I pulled into my driveway after picking it up, I opened my cooler and broke down in tears. 'Enjoy Sawyer!'"
Pretty amazing, right? We all need to know that we aren't alone, particularly when we're going through a difficult time.
"Sometimes in this lonely journey of motherhood, we meet someone along the way that reminds us we're not alone. We're all in this together. I'll forever be grateful to this mama for helping me nourish my baby and helping me get through one of the hardest times of my life. "
It truly does take a village. You've got this, mama.