So I wanted to talk a little bit about the first few days/weeks of becoming a mommy. Tis the season of baby having for a few close family members and friends as their due dates are only days away! This is a very exciting time and has lead to numerous chats about what the first few days of becoming a mommy look like!
Everyone has their own birthing story, and hints and tips about what they did to prepare for their new addition to the family. I remember that my excitement and adrenaline fueled the first few days after giving birth, but as my sleep debt rose I fell into this haze. Hormones are uncontrollable, I felt like I was breastfeeding every hour, I hear my baby crying while family is trying to step in and help (meaning I can’t fall asleep in the other room), I always felt calorically deprived and then on top of that I was anxious for my new responsibilities as a MOM.
Tired and up at all hours of the night you start to question your mommy senses and I started Googling. I am not even sure that this is a word, but I think everyone understands what I’m trying to say. I was scouring the Internet looking for answers to certain questions…
- How to get your kid to sleep more
- How to calm your baby
- How to increase milk production
And the list goes on and on…
These articles lead to other links about articles on other topics and topics of the baby blues and postpartum depression and anxiety. This lead me to think that perhaps some of the emotions I was experience maybe was something more then sleep deprivation. Self doubt set in, and when self doubt sets in you start to compare yourself and symptoms and feelings to things you read about on the internet.
To keep a long story short my sleep deprivation and my child’s uncanny ability to be up for the majority of the day lead me to my career of being a Sleep Coach. As I have been helping numerous families and sharing my story and listening to theirs I have come to find that mothers suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety need more help and support!
Research has shown that sleep deprivation can hamper a mother’s ability to care for her baby as judgment and concentration decline. This is not good for mom or for baby as they both may have more trouble forming a secure bond. Mother’s suffering from PPD take longer to fall asleep and sleep for shorter periods. The worse your sleep quality is, the worse depression becomes.
All mom’s need support and I love to offer my support to all families. Recently I have paired with Alisa Fulvio, Ivy League graduate and Life Coach who is trained in perinatal mental health and wellness and is passionate about helping moms adjust to the chaos that is motherhood. I have found her a valuable resource myself and am so thrilled to be working with her!
If you need help and support getting your sleep back, dropping stress and feeling confident in your abilities we are a great team that can help you reach your goals! Don’t be timid in reaching out because you can get the help you deserve in turn giving your family the help they need. We all understand the definition of being a Mom entails a little of everything under the sun!