Posts tagged raw motherhood
Are you in labour?

Are you in labour?

It’s got to be the most exciting question you have ever asked yourself: Is this it?! The moment I have waited 10 months for?!

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Self Care series (1). Postpartum Depression Edition

A lot of women, prior to becoming pregnant or giving birth often dream up what their lives will look link once they have a baby (I sure do)! But sometimes, things don't go according to plan. Sometimes we are left feeling lost, hopeless, and sad after our babies are born - and without being entirely sure where to turn, or what's even going on, we get lost in a sea of emotion and become withdrawn, and wonder why we are feeling this way or why any of this is happening. After all...aren't we supposed to be happy after our babies are here? Thats what we see of new motherhood on billboards and social media after all…

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Ten tips from mama's on sleep!

Ten tips from mama’s on getting enough sleep in those early few weeks and months.

I recently put a post on Bumpnbub and asked mamas and papas for tips on how they get to sleep, stay asleep, prep for sleep and get enough rest. Here are the ten most popular answers for surviving those first few weeks/months with a newborn!

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Ten tips Thursday #1

1) Listen to yourself more than others, there is such a thing as a natural instinct, so use it, You know best. 

2) Don’t compare your postpartum body to your pre-baby body. It's not the same no matter what, you grew a human!

3) Continue to show love for your husband, he helped create the baby too. 

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I’m so sorry, I would have done anything to save you... A story of miscarriage.

We cried….and I couldn’t believe this was happening to us. I went through every thought. I felt like my body failed you, I felt like I failed my husband, it was unfair. I waited this long to have you and in just an instant, that dream was taken from me. Will I ever be able to have you? Will this happen again? I don’t know if I can bear to go through trying to conceive again, feeling guilty that we lost you. I’m so sorry, I would have done anything to save you.

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Dear Anxious Mama ...

I know it is hard to get out of bed sometimes because sleep deprivation is pure torture and it has sucked out every ounce of energy you may have in you. I know this form of exhaustion all too well Mama, especially when my babies were first born. Sometimes it turns into a depression. I know you love being a Mama, but some days are just covered in clouds. It's okay Mama.

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Your picture perfect birth might not go as planned, & that is okay.

I walked in the NICU not long after, I remember feeling great after giving birth though. I entered room #5, surreal, this was the exact room our daughter was in. I walked up to his isolette & could barely see him, he was so covered. The doctor soon entered the room. She started in quite quickly and very matter of fact about the different "surprises" he was born with. He had many issues that were never once caught before birth, and because he had more than one issue she told me they would need to seek genetic's help and search for a syndrome.

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Conscious parenting and a vegan lifestyle

I am always honest with my daughter. It’s something both my partner & I knew we would be even before she was born. We also talked about how we would live in harmony together, treating her exactly how we would want to be treated. As we listen to our instincts, trust our intuition and act accordingly you could naturally call this conscious parenting. 

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Sky above me, Earth below me, Fire within me

Power to the ladies! We rock! You can do it! Birth without fear! Here is a good mantra to leave you with if you are pregnant and about to go through your own birth experience. It has also helped me in the postpartum days too.

Sky above me, Earth below me, Fire within me.

Welcome to the world, Oskar Clemens.

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My infertility, my broken womb.

My infertility, my broken womb, and the pain of being childless changed the day I delivered my triplets. That 3-inch scar across my bikini line is not one of disappointment and failure. It’s not one that I am ashamed of. It is a scar that tells a story. A story that portrays hope. It is a scar that shows the power and strength it took my petite body to carry three 5 pound babies, at one time.

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An induction and c-section

I'm a disappointing 4 cms dilated, babies heart rate is dipping and I am developing a fever. Dianne is called and an intense conversation is started, with a c section looking very likely. At 11.40 I make the decision to go ahead and we are prepped. The drugs to numb my lower half are administered and I get quite a shock as I lose all feeling in my legs and abdomen, I start to panic and my worst case scenario thoughts kick in, what if I can't walk again... this is short lived when my arms start shaking uncontrollably and I scream out. 

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Part two: Postnatal mental health and its demons- interview with Destin

Part two of Destiny's story on perinatal mental health. 

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