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MENTAL ILLNESS: PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM OCD AND ANXIETY... In 2009 I was pregnant with my daughter and began suffering from pregnancy obsessive-compulsive disorder with intrusive thoughts. I didn't even know there was such thing. I was "lucky" enough to get the treatment I needed, but still felt terribly alone. I now advocate for the mental health care of pregnant and postpartum mothers through awareness, education and sharing my own personal story around the country and sharing the groundbreaking film I co-produced, Dark Side of the Full Moon.
AUTISM...Upon coming off my medication, my daughter Allyson was diagnosed with severe autism, yet another path that has brought me to working with moms. It's hard, lonely and most of all challenging to keep myself a priority, but I know it's important and non-negotiable.
WEIGHT-GAIN & WEIGHT-LOSS...Coincidently part of my treatment plan for my pregnancy/postpartum OCD was medication, and yes I gained weight. Lots of it! I headed to Weight Watchers, lost the weight and became a leader and personal coach, helping hundreds of people, including new moms lose weight too. Watch my Weight Watchers Story
USING SAFER PRODUCTS...I will admit that I don't regularly look at the ingredients label on many things I buy. Why? Well you assume if it's for sale it must be safe. Did you know that the United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients in personal care products since 1938! YIKES! So I joined Beautycounter to join a movement of change to make sure that the products we use EVERYDAY are safe for us and our families! Check out Beautycounter!