Why this pregnancy has felt so different, and the support I’ve accessed this time around.

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.

What is Mindfulness, and does it actually work?

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?

Why I’m so passionate about the well being of Mothers (and fathers!)

  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!)

Spreading awareness of Maternal Mental Health Conditions!

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!

Dear Friend… I’m sorry that I disappeared for a while…

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…

Dear PND… You’re off the christmas card list…

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…