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This episode includes discussion of mental illness including PND, anxiety, ante-natal depression and suicidal thoughts, so please take care when listening if you need to.
Anxiety! Lots of parents struggle with anxiety before becoming parents. Others are hit terrible with anxiety when they fall pregnant or after their baby is born. In this episode of the Dear Mamas podcast Holly Walker and Emily Writes talk about their experiences with anxiety. The symptoms, the treatments, how they cope – what it feels like. They cover it all.
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