I am 1 in 7
When my journey into parenthood started, I assumed I had good odds for an active pregnancy and happy children. I was an educator in child development, had a large family to support me, I was in good physical health and had a clear investment plan. But my second pregnancy taught me something that they don’t tell you in parenting books. Regardless of your life status or credit score, a new baby means seasons of relationship changes with yourself, your family and your finances.
Weeks of unexpected sickness in my first and third trimester did not allow me to work as I'd done during my first pregnancy. That financial setback stressed us and threatened our goals for building wealth. The bulk of it all hit me hard and before I knew it, I was making poor financial decisions and missing out on being mentally present for memories with my daughters.
I did what most people learn to do and pulled a fake it until you make it, but that only made matters worse. Turns out, I was unknowingly suffering from a very common perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. PMAD’s, for short, affect 1 in 7 mothers during pregnancy and sometimes up to two years after giving birth.
Like so many, I assumed depression looked and sounded a certain way, therefore my mental health needlessly declined simply because I didn’t know the signs or how high my risk for anxiety and mood disorders was at that time.
None of the parenting classes I took prepared me for parent wellness, how to ask for what I needed or the expensive hurdles that come with not caring for your mental health. I decided to change that and create a platform to help go-getter's design a blueprint to avoid pricey parenting pitfalls. Baby Ready PRO is that platform and through it families get the real tools they need for taking charge of the trajectory of their family's generational wealth and wellness.