Many women struggle with breastfeeding. Some more so, and some less so.
Remember in the old days when you used to have a hot cuppa whenever you wanted? And then, having kids made this a thing of the past or an occasional indulgence?
When you’re a mother, your life becomes about other people; or at least, you lose the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. You’re on call all the time, even if you work out of the home. This can be demanding, so mums often crave time for themselves (alone, child-free, or demand-free; even if you feel guilty for taking this time).
Growing your family and having babies. Continue reading “Perinatal mental health matters”
“Announce your pregnancy after 12 weeks.” Continue reading “Why the 12 Week Rule SUCKS (SW: pregnancy loss)”
When you fall pregnant, it is often a time of speculation about whether you’re having a boy or a girl. You might be excited to find out what you’re having through ultrasound or wait to find out at birth. You get asked what you’re having. And even if you choose not to share this information, people will guess for you. They might do this based on pregnancy symptoms such as carrying high or low, morning sickness, the type of food cravings you’re having, and more. And sometimes, you just know or have a feeling about whether you’re having a boy or girl.
Perinatal anxiety occurs during pregnancy or in the postnatal period (the first year after birth). Continue reading “Perinatal Anxiety: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment”
There are a number of risk factors for postnatal depression that are well-established in the scientific literature. These include the following: Continue reading “Risk factors for postnatal depression”
Thoughts go through your mind all day, every day. Thoughts narrate our lives, and tell us stories about ourselves, other people, and the world. One narrative that I often hear from mothers is thinking or feeling they are being a bad mother, or Continue reading “The Bad Mother Story”
One thing I often hear from my clients is ‘I’m a bad mother’, or ‘I feel like a bad mother’. Why are so many women feeling this way? Commonly, the reasons behind these thoughts are things like: Continue reading “Good Mothers & Bad Mothers”
There are several myths about motherhood that are communicated through the media and by other people. If you strongly believe these myths, and then find the reality of motherhood to be quite different, you can be left feeling like you’re failing or not measuring up. No one likes to feel inadequate. Understanding what these myths are, and having a balanced understanding of what motherhood is really like can help relieve unnecessary guilt, shame, anxiety, frustration, or inadequacy. Continue reading “Motherhood Myths”