Becoming a mother was everything I had hoped for and was everything I was unprepared for.Read More
Do you ever feel like a movie should be based on your life? Do you feel like you have a life filled with drama, emotion, heartache, hope, and a lot of sex? Yes, the infertile life seems like it should have its own mini-series. Read on as one mom describes her struggle with infertility with examples from romantic comedy movies.Read More
I used to feel like it had been stolen from me. Like some malicious force had appeared in the delivery room that day just to slam the window shut on the rising sun. I couldn't understand what happened to the joy. It stuck with me for some time. The bitterness. The disappointment.Read More
Our words matter when we talk to families and new mothers. Did you know that googling the word ‘postpartum’ brings up a countless number of articles on depression? If you were expecting a new baby, this would feel really defeating. If we want to break the stigma, we must make a conscious effort to change our conversations.Read More
In December 2011, we lost our first baby to a missed miscarriage. We fell pregnant in September and were elated at the news. We had just surprised our families with the arrival of a new baby when our ultrasound revealed there was no longer a heartbeat at 13 weeks. I remember feeling like my heart had fallen into my stomach and I wanted to crawl into a hole and stay there so I didn’t have to face the world and tell everyone why I was no longer pregnant.
I’ve known you now, motherself, for 2 years now. It’s hard to believe I almost didn’t get the chance to. I wish I had known that I when we met the first time, I’d be meeting you in your most raw and developing form. That when I birthed my son, I also gave birth to you - this new me, this mother.
Ever since I was young, I have been a perfectionist. I was used to having control of everything in my life, and succeeding at everything I did. In my 20+ years, I rarely experienced failure and had lived a very blessed life. Several years before my daughter was born, I experienced my first bout with serious health anxiety.Read More
Strelle was brought to life from my own struggles with pregnancy and postpartum. Activity was something that always helped me both physically and mentally before we had kids. Suffering from depression and anxiety for most of my life, exercise brought me the needed relief depending on the day.Read More
When my first child was born in 2015, I laid in bed with her staring at her pouty lips and bruised face (rough labour) and wondered when I was going to feel sad. I felt full of life and love - happy and easy going. Postpartum depression and anxiety were becoming increasingly talked about, and I was on the lookout for those tell-tale baby blues.Read More
It’s Day 262 of my little one; officially 37 weeks and 2 days old to be exact.
As I'm writing my story tonight, I asked myself why I have the desire to share a glimpse of my journey to a group whom I haven't fully met. But then I realized that this Postpartum Support Group is actually part of my motherhood journey and I am grateful about it. I am glad to have known a strong woman like Jen, whom I met in one of the stroller walks in 2018. So here I am, empowered to share my story as I aim to help in uplifting women to thrive the struggles of motherhood.Read More