My friend recently had her 4th child. A beautiful wonderful experience but one that left her very tired, overwhelmed and possibly with postpartum to say the least. Her journey the last month and courage got me thinking about woman and the battles we face, usually silently. I started googling postpartum and could not believe that 11-20% of woman who give birth will suffer from postpartum symptoms and those numbers do not take into account woman who miscarry or have stillbirths who were also very pregnant and could suffer as well.
I came across the #HOWSMAMA Challenge one night when I was catching up on my favorite blog reading and I knew I had to help share the word and I wanted to get in front of the woman behind the campaign! I feel very blessed that Lauren took the time to answer some of my questions and I hope that you will find comfort and information in her words as well. Here is beautiful Ms. Lauren in the picture below.
You can read more about Lauren, her blog and the #HOWMAMA Challenge here. Lauren and I are challenging everyone to ask new mom’s these 5 easy questions and spread the word!
- I know the baby’s great, but how’s mama?
- How are you really doing?
- Are you feeling overwhelmed?
- Do you need any help?
- Have you touched base with your doctor/midwife since the baby was born?
You never know what a difference you might make! We have to take care of each other!
Please print this sign (or make your own) with the hashtag: #howsmama. Post it, share it, and repeat on all of your social media platforms. Explain to your friends and family how important it is to ask questions beyond the baby. Tell them how simple it is to just ask “How’s mama?”
Even if you aren’t a mom, I’m challenging you. Nobody should feel alone when it comes to postpartum depression. Ask the questions and share the hashtag. #howsmama
I promised Lauren I would post a picture and share so here I am! : )
Until next time, keep up the juggle Mom
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Postpartum Readings and help