Tuesday, April 30, 2013

get moving in a positive direction for PPD

For most women, the birth of a child is a joyful event that triggers a flood of positive emotions. Sadly, this is not the case for all women. About 20% of women experience feelings of overwhelming hopelessness and despair after the birth of their new baby, resulting in what is known as postpartum depression, or PPD. 

While I did not suffer from PPD after the birth of my children, I have friends who did, and I have seen first hand the debilitating effect on the family unit. The first year of motherhood would be all the more challenging if you faced this issue.

On Saturday, May 11th, Postpartum Support Charleston is hosting a 5k run and Family Fun Day at 8am at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. This is a great way to honor Mother's Day weekend and support a cause that helps women and their families. I have run many events on Daniel Island over the years and it is a beautiful, peaceful place to jog 3 miles with your family.

"The annual Moms' Run is a celebration of the moms in our lives and all they go through for us. We come together as a community to honor mothers and to give extra attention to postpartum depression, which impacts about 20% of mothers," said Holly Fisher, board president for Postpartum Support Charleston. "I think we can all agree that motherhood is tough, especially in those early days when we're tired and stressed from the constant care of a newborn. Add to that postpartum depression and some women are really struggling. Our mission is to get those moms the help they need and deserve."

10th Annual 2013 Moms' Run & Family Fun Day
Saturday May 11th
8am- noon
Blackbaud Stadium- Daniel Island,SC
Race registration is $25; $30 for stroller registration (includes t-shirt);$15 for children 10 & under.
*Register today and receive a t-shirt, printed bib, and race bag. Prices increase May 1st.
For more information and registration details, visit
Family Fun Day includes putt-putt golf, jump castle, face painting and more for registered participants and a suggested $10 family donation for non-race participants.

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