When you’re afflicted with baby fever, it seems the feeling will last forever; and once you’re in the thick of nappy blowouts, spit-up, and the torture of sleep deprivation, the concept of eternity is just as apt (although way less fun).
Many new mums expect to feel euphoric once they finally welcome their little one into the world — but the postpartum period is not always blissful. Renegade hormones, sleep deprivation, and the shock of a drastically changed reality is hardly the stuff of Pleasantville, and so the baby blues can hit you hard, even if you’ve never been prone to depressive moods before.
How you take care of your physical and mental health during the prenatal phase is key in forecasting your chances of suffering from postpartum depression. Mother of four and blogger Jenna Orme shares her top tips for beating the blues and preventing PPD before delivery: Continue reading
Contrary to what we may wistfully remember from the days of our youth, or what we hope for our own kids’ childhoods, worries, sadness and other difficult emotions are part of life — almost from the very beginning. The only difference between ourselves and our children is that we have all the necessary communication tools at our disposal. Little ones (and older ones!) are still learning to express and articulate their feelings about the world, so internalising negative stuff, rather than voicing it, is always a danger.
Which is why Worry Eater dolls, whose purpose is to help kids address and handle stresses with friendly support, are an invaluable parenting resource.
According to a recent study, a staggering 87 per cent of modern day mums report feelings of isolation, with over a third feeling isolated almost every day.
Ironically, the sense of being alone as one adjusts to motherhood is an experience shared by many. And yet, the majority of us don’t open up about it.
Parenting expert Pinky Mackay explains, “Isolation is a huge issue. I see many new mums struggling with sleep issues and feeding issues. Often they are afraid to reach out and ask for help because there is this perception that everyone else is coping. This leaves women feeling isolated because they fear being judged.”