Five Mamas Speak Out on Mental Health Asking for help is OK, mama.

By Babe | Photo courtesy of Heather Muir Maffei

May is Mental Health Awareness month, but this is one topic we believe in talking about 365 days a year. Motherhood is a beautiful, soul-filling experience, but it also the hardest thing we’ve ever done. Full stop.

We’re shining a light on some of the brave mamas destigmatizing the need for support and community and creating space for every type of emotion (because we’ve had them all).

If you think you may be suffering from pre or postpartum anxiety or depression, don’t wait: Discuss it with your doctor, doula or partner and get the support you need.

Shay Mitchell

Actress + Entrepreneur, @shaymitchell

“Feelings of isolation in pregnancy are not discussed and feeling alone in my depression compounded my state of mind.”

Carli Blau

Sex Therapist, @sexdoccarli

“I suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety because I thought I had to do it all by myself.”

Heather Muir Maffei

Beauty Director, Real Simple + Health Magazine, @hmuir

“This, my friends, is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Rachel Nicks

Actress, Trainer + Doula, @rachelenicks

“Finding out you’re pregnant after a traumatic loss is emotionally conflicting. I didn’t know whether to be happy or scared.”

Ashley Wright

Activist + Wellness Influencer, @mswrightsway

“During pregnancy, I went to therapy and received professional support to heal my traumas. You can’t show up for anyone if you don’t show up for yourself.”