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Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts


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An August 2023 Washington Post article reported that “one in five new mothers in the U.S. suffers from mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and up to a year after giving birth—about 800,000 mothers yearly.” Yet studies show that a large majority of women who suffer from maternal mental health disorders aren’t able to get help. Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts is the help mothers need.

What if I drop him? What if I snap and hurt my baby? Mothering is so hard—I don’t know if I really want to do this anymore. Gosh, I’m so terrible for thinking that! For too many mothers, these thoughts remain secret, hidden in a place of shame that can quickly grow into anxiety, postpartum depression, and even self-harm. But here’s the good news: you CAN feel better!

Author Karen Kleiman—coauthor of the seminal book This Isn’t What I Expected and founder of the acclaimed Postpartum Stress Center—comes to the aid of new mothers everywhere with a groundbreaking new source of hope, compassion, and expert help. Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts is packed with world-class guidance, simple exercises, and nearly 50 stigma-busting cartoons from the viral #speakthesecret campaign that help new moms validate their feelings, share their fears, and start feeling better. Lighthearted yet serious, warm yet not sugary, and perfectly portioned for busy moms with full plates, Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts is the go-to resource for moms, partners, and families everywhere who need help with this difficult period.


About Karen Kleiman

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Product Details

Page Count: 160
ISBN-10: 1641701307
ISBN-13: 9781641701303
Product Format: Cloth Over Boards

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