As a 2nd time mum, who struggled with Postnatal depression, anxiety, birth trauma and severe sleep deprivation – I was naturally a little anxious when deciding to try for another baby, and for where the hormonal roller-coaster may take me… When I decided that I would like to try for another baby, I pushed these feelings as far away as I could. After having my son, and being so unwell, I was terrified at the prospect of having another child, and spent years of deflecting comments, and the questions of family and friends asking ‘When are you having another one?’ … Continue reading Why this pregnancy has felt so different, and the support I’ve accessed this time around.
Just a few years ago, if you’d have mentioned the word ‘Mindfulness’ to me, I would’ve have conjoured up the mental image of a group of ‘hippies’ or devout spiritualists, sitting cross legged for several hours, chanting ‘om’ on repeat… How wrong I was! Before we talk about how the dictionary defines mindfulness, I want to share with you a scenario that many of you will be familiar with, that defines mindfulness to a T! So hopefully you’ve all been the driver or a passenger in a car before? Imagine that you’re driving to your place of work , you … Continue reading What is Mindfulness, and does it actually work?
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels., Suddenly you’re a parent… Your life has changed, but you’re not quite sure how, or for how long… Then you realise that you have slipped down your priority list… When I became a first time mum in 2016, I thought that my baby would slot into my current lifestyle with ease. For I had read the books, done the course at the hospital, looked after other people’s children… and in my head… I was going to be a natural! Oh how naive I was!! I hadn’t anticipated the nocturnal state of affairs that my … Continue reading Why I’m so passionate about the well being of Mothers (and fathers!)
When I was suffering with Post Natal Depression and PTSD after the birth of my son, I felt so alone. I didn’t know anyone else who had suffered, and wasn’t sure where to turn to get help. Left untreated for 12 months, I was very grateful when my health visitor spotted my symptoms and referred me to my GP. I then was given the support I needed to begin my recovery. Upon researching my condition, I came across the PANDAS Foundation Charity, who specialise in Perinatal mental health. I wish I had found their services sooner, and feel that It … Continue reading Spreading awareness of Maternal Mental Health Conditions!
How my Maternal Mental Health impacted on my relationships. An open letter…. Dear Friend I’m sorry that I disappeared for a while, I hid myself away. I know you thought I was being rude, my mind was just in disarray. You tried inviting me out for your Birthday, but excuses came and went. I kept saying ‘Yeah I’ll be there…’ But we both knew what that meant. You offered to come and bath my son, or watch him so I could rest, But I didn’t think you really wanted to do it, It would be too much of a test. … Continue reading Dear Friend… I’m sorry that I disappeared for a while…
Latest Blog post: Dear Post Natal Depression… You’re off the Christmas card list Dear PND, I was toying with the idea of sending you a Christmas card this year. It felt strange but liberating to know that you wont be having Christmas dinner with us. You were my faux friend for nearly two years, so I thought I at least owe you an explanation. You see, I don’t need to run things past you anymore, or consult you regarding my every move. I have grown stronger, wiser and have distanced myself from you further and further each day. When you … Continue reading Dear PND… You’re off the christmas card list…
Thanks for joining me! Welcome to Emma the Made up Mom site, I’m so proud to announce the launch of our Mindful Motherhood course. I became a first time mum in 2016, During early stages of pregnancy, I was told … Continue reading Mindful Motherhood Courses… why are they important to us?