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Moms Share Their Truths About Maternity Leave

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10. I Developed Mental Health Issues
"I’m a freelancer, so I gave myself three weeks off after my daughter was born. I experienced pre-term labor my entire third trimester and was hospitalized five times. I’d set up my laptop on the swivel food tray in the hospital to meet writing deadlines while hooked up to fetal monitors. Diagnosed with postpartum OCD after my daughter was born, I was prescribed medications that stopped the scary thoughts, but it was all still really traumatic." -Amber D.