You may know that Postpartum Depression is THE most common complication of motherhood, but you may not be aware of the fact that poor body image postpartum increases your risk for PPD ten fold.
I get it. New motherhood is tough. There is no guidebook. There are no rules to follow...and we often feel isolated and alone. There is one big community that is so alluring to all of us new moms, and that is the "get your body back" tribe.
It seems like everywhere you look as a new mom, all you see are women glorifying the thin ideal and making it look effortless to get back into your skinny jeans. It's as if our only badge of honor after having babies is what we look like, and how quickly we can get our bodies back after baby.
I am here to tell you that there is another way and you don't have to diet your way to being a good mom. You can redefine yourself in other bold new ways, because I think, that's what its really about.
In motherhood, we often lose ourselves. I talk about this a lot in my book, Let Your Heart Out, because I feel like up until kids, a lot of us can put on a pretty face, we can play by all the rules...we can follow along with what people are wanting from us, but when you add kids to the mix, motherhood becomes a mirror to all of those deep seated issues.
We just want to feel accepted, and validated, and loved...and we want to know we are not alone because we don't get a whole lot of that from our little ones.
So, one of the easiest and quickest ways we can feel validated is by what we look like...which is really sad reality of the world we live in, because you can feel validated in so many other ways. In today's interview, you will hear from my special guest, Jessica Grace. She will tell her story of how she redefined her new self as a mom. She is one of my favorite mommy bloggers and is the leader of Our Mama Village. She is a writer, mental health advocate, therapist, and mother.
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