Adding a baby or a new child to your family is a very special and life-changing experience. For most women, motherhood is a joy, at least some of the time. Most mothers also experience, worry, frustration, disappointment, anger, and even competition. While having a baby opens new possibilities for connections, it also puts stress on a mother’s closest relationships with partner, family and friends. During the transition to motherhood, many women experience changes in mood that range from baby blues to postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Postpartum depression and anxiety and other pregnancy-related mental health issues are more common than many people think. Whether you experience postpartum challenges or not, becoming a mother is an identity shift between who you were before motherhood and who you expected to be and who you are becoming after. Finding ways to adjust to your new identity, roles and responsibilities can be a challenge. While motherhood has its joys and struggles, it is important to learn how to tolerate the wide range of emotions that are common amongst new mothers. Having greater awareness and understanding of your emotions will help you to be more empathic to your child’s emotions and more able to cope with the highs and lows of parenting.
LAURIE CAN HELP YOU FIND WAYS TO:
- Decrease anxiety about your pregnancy and your baby
- Lessen upsetting thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
- Feel less overwhelmed
- Increase confidence in parenting