The motherhood journey
As a woman journeys into motherhood for the first (or subsequent times), the self-care of pregnancy is replaced with a bubbling melting pot of pressure, hormones and lack of sleep. So if she manages to eat a chocolate hobnob by lunchtime, that feels like progress! Sitting down to drink a cup of hot tea is but a distant memory. And preparing to go for a dog walk often looks like you’re relocating to another country (and you still forget the dog!).
So how can a new mum, find that ever elusive balance, while adjusting to a new family dynamic and routine and stay moderately sane while the postnatal body surprises us with leaking parts we didn’t even know existed? Here is how.
AUTHOR: SAM REYNOLDS
POSTNATAL DOULA, SURREY
Sam is currently a mentored postnatal doula who feels passionately about nurturing mothers during the fourth trimester. She has a deep understanding of pregnancy and the transition to motherhood alongside cancer treatment and the far reaching effects of a diagnosis. Sam also runs Samspaces, a support group for anyone recovering from treatment and adjusting to life again afterwards.