Updated: May 3, 2020
What is This is Motherhood? I hear you say...
I'm glad you asked!
Once a month I will be inviting a guest blogger as part of a “This is Motherhood” series to share their motherhood experience, things they wish they knew before being a mum and any experience of maternal mental illness they have, and if so, what helped them.
As with all of this website, this blog series celebrates the diversity, the struggles and the absolutely crazy moments of what it means to be a mother.
I wanted to start this series to share the stories of mothers for mothers. There is power in numbers!
When Lexi was first born and I was under the dark cloud of post natal depression and anxiety, I thought I was the only mother to have ever felt that way. I felt so alone and so ashamed that I was so miserable. I felt like I couldn't talk about it to anyone as I didn't think that anyone would understand. Or I would be judged or seen as ungrateful.
Once I started talking about it, I had so many messages from other Mums who had experienced either the same, or very similar to me. Some had sought help. Some had suffered in silence.
If I knew then what I knew now, the first few months of Lexi's life could have been so different for me. That is time that I have lost with her and it does make feel quite sad.
I would not wish how I felt during that time on my worst enemy. If there is just one person I can help. If there is one person who speaks to their GP. If there is one person who feels less alone because of this blog, then I have achieved my goal.
If you'd like to know more, please do get in touch.