THE FACES OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

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A powerful video from non-profit organisation, Postpartum Progress, shows the different faces of postpartum depression from real women experiencing the illness. The collaborative effort between the organisation and Baby Rabies blogger Jill Krause, shows a group of mothers candidly sharing their experiences with postpartum depression with the aims of ending the stigma associated with perinatal mood disorders.

Krause has told The Huffington Post, “We are working to erase the stigma of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and to let people know where moms can start to find help.”

This video is incredibly important because it opens up the public discussion of postpartum mood disorders on a major scale and will hopefully encourage widespread discussion between mothers who were previously uncomfortable to do so.

The women in the video maintain that their feelings of despair and frustration are completely unrelated to their love for their children. They also all agree that they are better parents, not in spite, but because of their struggles.

As one mother states, “I am a good mother… even with postpartum depression.”

…because there is always #BeautyInTheMess

MM

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The Truth About Post-Baby Bodies?

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Image from theglow.com.au

Following up from this post, here is a wonderful post from the Scary Mommy website, “4 Truths About Out Post-Baby Bodies“.

The article, written by Lisa Sadikman, is inspiring and perfectly sums up what The Modern Motherhood Project is about – seeing that there is beauty in every aspect of motherhood. In the article, Sadikman tells her readers what she wants them to know about post-baby bodies.

Below is a powerful excerpt from Sadikman’s article that shows that post-baby body pressure is something that not only mothers but society needs to rise above. A mother’s body is worth far more than its appearance and it’s important to recognise the amazing things its capable of during and after pregnancy. We need to realise that despite the chaos, beauty is always present in motherhood, it is just up to us to find it.

“Your body will do amazing things you never dreamed it could do. Your body will not fail you as you get up for the fourth time in the middle of the night to feed a hungry baby. You will be able to hold an infant or a 1-year-old or a toddler for ridiculously long periods of time — cuddling, soothing, shushing — and your biceps will grow strong and defined from it. Your core will tighten and hold you firmly in place as you lift your child from the crib or catch her as she jumps from the bed into your arms. I didn’t know how fast I could sprint until my toddler slipped from my grip and darted towards the parking lot. You will surprise yourself. Marvel over what you are capable of with this new mama body.

Beauty is where you find it. The talk about post-pregnancy beauty is relentless. We get it: yes, our bodies have sagged and crinkled and jellied and no, that doesn’t mean we’re suddenly ugly, but we each catalogue those changes with varying degrees of self-acceptance. Our body-obsessed culture doesn’t help prepare us for our newly hewn post-baby bodies or feel good about them. The challenge is to blow all of that off and realize it’s not just our bodies that have changed. The way we view the world is different too. Beauty abounds in the most unexpected places, making the minor and mundane suddenly magnificent. I remember looking at my daughter’s impossibly long eyelashes as she slept thinking they were the most gorgeous things I’d ever seen. And who hasn’t called their new baby’s poop beautiful? The trick is to include yourself in this expanded version of beauty: the soft lines around your eyes, whether from smiling or lack of sleep, make you more interesting. Your rarely used singing voice now sounds sublime as you soothe your child to sleep. And that rounder booty? It’s hot. Period.”

…because there is always #BeautyInTheMess

 

MM

MICHELLE BRIDGES SAYS NO TO POST-BABY BODY PRESSURE

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Michelle Bridges proudly shows off her beautiful baby bump (Image from smh.com.au)

From stretch marks to leaky boobs to a few extra pounds on the scale, the “post-baby body” is undoubtedly an issue that crosses many expecting mothers’ minds.

Michelle Bridges, trainer on Australia’s The Biggest Loser, did something pretty important for postpartum body image when making a rare appearance on Channel 10’s The Project last month.

When asked about how her fitness routine fit into her new phase of life, Bridges made it clear where her priorities laid and that was with simply enjoying her time as a new mother with her child. Rejecting the strain women feel to get fit after giving birth, Bridges stated, “I’m pretty clear cut about that. I don’t accept the pressure…I get it that it’s around and some women do feel that pressure, but I’m also just looking forward to spending time with my baby.”

“My fitness will come, this is a different chapter in my life right now and I’m relishing it…I’ll get back into training in my own time and at my own pace.”

What Michelle Bridges has stated about doing things at her own pace and time is important. Through all the societal pressure on mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weights after delivering, it’s easy to forget that their bodies belong to themselves and no one else. 

And what their bodies are doing is something amazing – creating life. And after that, their bodies are feeding and nursing and nurturing that life for years. In comparison, it’s difficult to see how not being able to button that one last button would even matter.

 

MM