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#137: Baby Bonding Blocked by Postpartum Anxiety with Ligaya Lange

December 22, 2022

 

Welcome back to the New Mom Boss Podcast! 

 

If you’ve been listening to the podcast for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard me talk about my experience with postpartum depression after having my third baby.

 

That time was so difficult and not at all easy to cope with. 

 

But women don’t often hear about other perinatal illnesses that are out there, like postpartum anxiety and OCD, which can be just as debilitating and frightening.

 

Ligaya Lange has experienced both the anxiety and OCD piece during her time postpartum and is on a mission to make others more aware. 

 

Ligaya gave birth to her daughter during COVID following a traumatic 54 hr/C-section birth. A few weeks later, she realized she was suffering from very bad anxiety that was preventing her from bonding with her baby. And so began a long and arduous journey to find the right treatment and get well for her family. 

 

In our conversation, we talk about the differences between standard anxiety and postpartum anxiety, how it can prevent proper bonding with baby, the signs and symptoms women can be on the lookout for, and what their first steps should be when seeking treatment.

 Some big takeaways are:

  1. Women with a history of mental illness are more prone to prenatal and perinatal mental disorders.
  2. Your primary doctor cannot help you as well as a perinatal psychiatrist can.
  3. Even if you’ve never suffered from a mental illness as a mom, you can help others by being educated and aware.

 

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Guest Bio

Ligaya Lange was born in San Clemente in South Orange County, went to college at UC Berkeley, graduated with a BA in Mass Communications and then went to USC for her MA in Communication Management. She lived and worked in LA for almost 15 years following college, working mainly for two of the major studios - Fox and Disney. 

When she had her daughter in 2020 during Covid, she had a difficult labor (54 hrs/C-section) and a few weeks later realized she had very bad anxiety that was blocking her from bonding with her daughter. She was then diagnosed with Postpartum Anxiety and OCD and embarked on a long and arduous journey to find the right treatment and get well for her family. 

Her journey is captured for the most part on her podcast, "Ligaya Means Happiness". After going through what she went through, she wants to share her story to help other mothers.

 

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