Mama and author Cassie Pigg sat down with me to discuss all the unspoken truths about motherhood. 

I don't mean to sound condescending when I say this, but every time I hear an expecting mom say, "I'm so ready", I think...oh no. She doesn't know, does she? She isn't prepared for the chaos that is about to ensue. She, like me, is going to be completely blindsided by the absolutely terrifying experience of becoming a first-time mom.

In my opinion, nothing prepares you for it. Being a parent is quite literally something you have to learn as you go. Unfortunately, it takes some of us (most of us) longer to learn the ropes than we initially anticipated. And that's when it starts. The anxiety, the depression, the constant worrying, the comparing, the lack of sleep because you're terrified something bad will happen the second you close your eyes. It doesn't take long to wear you completely down.

I know I'm making to sound like drag, but somehow being a mom, including all the bad stuff, is still the most magical experience you'll ever have. I think I can speak for most moms when I say that. And though some days are a literal struggle to get out of bed, you wouldn't change it for the world.

The truth is, 1 in 5 new moms struggle like this. That statistic might come as a surprise considering how little Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety is discussed. When the "baby blues" turn into months of being blue, it might be scary to acknowledge how you're feeling and get help. Cassie wrote the book Mommy's Got a Tramp Stamp to bring awareness to PPD/A and open a discussion that so badly needs to happen more often.

Cassie and I both struggled with PPD/A in our own ways, and while we may never fully understand what the other endured, it's important we had the conversation. Check on your mom friends. Check on the new mom. Do things for her. Ask if she's OK. 1 in 5 aren't.

Here is my full interview with Cassie. We talk everything from pregnancy, birth, being a new mom, and of course the important conversation she brings to life in Mommy's Got a Tramp Stamp.

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