#64: How I Healed From Postpartum Anxiety (and Underlying Root Causes)

December 25, 2021

It was the worst moment of my life, but it’s become one of the greatest blessings of my life, too.

In August 2009, after the birth of my second son, I was side-swiped with severe postpartum anxiety. I couldn’t function . . . at all. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, and I couldn’t take care of my newborn. For weeks in the beginning all I did was pace and pace for hours, constantly vibrating with anxiety and an unending nauseated feeling in the pit of my stomach. It was horrendous.

The worst part was that traditional treatments for my condition didn’t work for me. Not only did they not work, they made me feel worse. Four medications in five different combinations over a period of six months under the care of a midwife, an OB/GYN, a psychiatrist and a therapist and we just couldn’t find the rhythm. I was so desperate. It was from that place that I called out to God for help and he answered me, leading me on a journey of finding a natural, holistic approach to my healing that ultimately worked. It took nearly two years to find a general health balance, but I learned a ton along the way.

One of the things I learned during my healing journey was that my postpartum experience wasn’t just the result of a hormone imbalance. There were other roots beneath the panic episodes I was plagued with. It took relapsing five years later to get to the core of all I’d been walking with for decades: digestive and hormonal imbalances that ultimately presented themselves as severe and debilitating anxiety and panic. But those years of my healing journey also taught me so much about true healing and becoming whole — spirit, soul and body.

On this episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast I’m telling the story of how I got so sick, and how I ultimately found my way back to healed and whole, by the grace of God. He taught me so many things along the journey and, after becoming a certified holistic health coach, I ultimately put together a plan from all I learned so I could help others to find their way back to healing and wholeness, too. If you have had a similar backstory, and you’re still working to find your way back to healed and whole, then this episode is for you. I want you to grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and Let’s Go!

p.s. — If you’d like to join me for the next round of The Beacon Cleanse (the healing plan that was ultimately birthed out of my comeback story), head over to ericapyle.com/cleanse.

Scripture References mentioned in this episode:

3 John 2 —
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Micah 2:13 AMP —
“The breaker [the Messiah, who opens the way] shall go up before them [liberating them]. They will break out, pass through the gate and go out;
So their King goes on before them, The Lord at their head.”

Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode

If you related to my story of struggling with chronic illness for most of my life and wanting desperately to find a way to heal and stay well for the long haul, I’ve got a plan for you: the plan I designed as I walked out my own healing. It’s called The Beacon Cleanse and you can learn all about it by clicking here. And, hey, if you’d like a discount code that’ll save you $10 off the program registration, click here. Join my list and I’ll send you the code.

The 2022 round of The Beacon Cleanse starts January 3rd with a preparation week. The full six-week program begins on January 10th. Sign up before December 27th to get early access to the Program Guide and other helpful materials so you can prepare for the prep week. Hope to see you inside the program!

Xoxo – Erica

Join The Beacon Cleanse: 2022 round begins January 3rd with Prep Week!

Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.

REVIVE Church of Tampa

REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:

Live Services – Fridays at 7pm ET and Sundays at 11am ET

If you’re interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:

The ROCC: REVIVE Online Campus Community

About this podcast:

Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.

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Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. - 3 John 2

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