One Word... Matrescence... Sounds Like___ Adolescence
Matrescence!! Sounds like adolescence right?! Well, same idea. Although, Matrescence is the stage of life when a woman becomes a mother. Adolescence is a vulnerable time for teens. Hormones are flying, menstrual cycles are beginning, human bodies are changing and developing and self-identity is taking place.
Mom’s can you relate?
So here is the thing, women are diagnosed with mental health issues like Postpartum “Blues” or Postpartum Depression during this vulnerable stage of their lives, The Fourth Trimester. But it seems like much of the symptoms women have are often similar to how adolescence feel. Symptoms include but not limited to worried wont be able to care for baby, poor concentration, easily irritated with partner, preoccupied with appearance, fatigue, weepiness.
If we talk about the reality of motherhood and fatherhood and plan ahead to support, energize and heal women (and men) maybe, just maybe baby blues and postpartum depression would dissipate and instead moms and dads would feel more settled and less overwhelmed with all the new changes going on that predisposing them to postpartum depression.
Today, I discovered the talk Matrescence by Alexandra Sacks and it is amazing!! I linked and only takes a little over 6 minutes to watch :)