Kelli Foulkrod is a psychotherapist and yogi specializing in perinatal mental health. She stopped by our recording studio to share her recipe for maternal empowerment and holistic wellbeing with our podcast subscribers. For the full interview, stream our podcast episode. And for those short on time, read on for a sampling of our fave quotes:
On grieving the loss that comes with motherhood:
There is grief and there is sadness that we have to honor. There’s a part of you that’s died and she ain’t comin’ back.
On how to fix our common isolation:
There’s a contagion effect of vulnerability. If you are vulnerable, you give other women permission to be vulnerable.
On perinatal mood and anxiety disorders:
I view the body as a physical, literal representation of the unconscious mind. But most Americans are living in their head only, and they’re not aware of what’s happening from the head down.
On maternal anger *gasp*:
Anger is a mask for another emotion that’s more painful, like fear or despair. It is a chemical consequence of the fight or flight response.
On choosing not to have a second child:
I think there is no perfect recipe for a traditional family.
Want more? Listen to the full interview with Kelli.