The Transition of Becoming a Mother - Matrescence
MATRESCENCE, becoming a mother (noun):
the activation of new levels of emotions, such as fear, resentment, anger and love ♡
Did you know that Matrescence (a term coined by anthropologist) refers to the process of profound changes in the brain during the transition to motherhood? Hormones are surging, the body is morphing, identity and relationships shift. Experts believe that the chemical changes during this process are even more profound than the changes in puberty. It’s awkward and bumpy! This is why we want to protect the first few months post-birth and get you tucked in to your new life. The exact length of Matrescence is individual and recurs with each child. Birth doesn’t just make you a mother. It is a process that occurs over time. There are many ups and downs that come with the physical, hormonal and psychological changes that are happening. There are some things you can do to ease your body into this transition.
FOOD - this is a time to eat warm, nourishing meals replenishing your macronutrients with healthy sources of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates. Think avocados, olive oil, beans, lentils, brown rice, sweet potatoes.
SUPPLEMENTS - replenish your micronutrients supplementing with B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids.
REST - this is not the time for exercise. Seek out the support for a pelvic floor physiotherapist and get informed on appropriate movement for your new body.
SOCIAL INTERACTIONS - stay connected to friends and family. Often when we go through a big shift like Matrescence we turn inward and shut those who love us out. Strive to maintain friendships and talk to them about what you’re feeling and how this change has impacted you.
Change is hard and transformation on a physical, psychological and social level is stressful. Matrescence should be honoured and recognized by society for exactly what it is.