Allie Smith is a wife, mother of four, and freelance writer living in the suburbs of Atlanta. She’s a columnist for My Forsyth Magazine, a book reviewer for Chick Lit Plus, and a contributor to The Family Legacy Center. Her work has been published on The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Full Grown People, and several other publications. Allie has a bad case of wanderlust and can often be found surfing travel websites and planning her family’s next epic road trip. She blogs about parenting, autism, travel, and books at The Latchkey Mom. You can follow her on FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter.
“I wrote my essay to help other women understand that they’re not alone, and that PPD can manifest in many forms. First time mothers in particular may be unaware of how they’re supposed to feel, especially in cases where premature births and/or high-risk pregnancies are involved. Fear and anxiety often mask the typical symptoms. Mothers need to know there is no shame in asking for help.”