May is Maternal Mental Awareness Month
It is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month this May, to increase awareness of illnesses such as postpartum depression. With more than one in ten mums developing a mental illness during pregnancy or in the year that follows, it is important to raise the topic.
Unrealistic expectations and myths about what it means to be a good mum flood the minds of some of the best mothers and cause mums to judge themselves through an unrealistic lens. It is especially hard for the women suffering from an MMH disorders who suffer in silence; many feels there must be something terribly wrong with them for feeling something so different from their expectations.
Common myths of motherhood:
To be a good mum you have to love being a mum all the time.
Mums never need help.
I wasn’t a good mum because I couldn’t breastfeed.
I am not a good mum because my baby’s birth didn’t go well – or my body failed.
I had to go back to work too early and that makes me a bad mum.
Other mothers are better mums because they look like they have it all together.
I am a mother to three and remember feeling this many times after each birth. Feeling like a failure and unable to cope is incredibly common. So as May is Maternal Mental Awareness lets support each other.
This week we will play team games and support each other while having fun exercising. Working out outside and in a group has been shown to help depression and improve wellbeing!