I took on motherhood and started a business in the same year. It was a crash course, that was a little heavy on the crash. Like the day that two families showed up for therapy sessions at the same time because I'd double booked myself. (Yes, pregnancy brain does exist.)
All joking aside -- I wasn't ready for how much mothering changed my life. I wasn't ready for how hard it was to figure out who I was, what I wanted, and what I needed. I wasn't ready for the feelings of worry, rage, and sadness that washed over me. I wasn't ready for how much it changed my reactions to my spouse, my friends, my work, myself...
As moms, we often put others' needs first. Yet this is the time we need help more than any other time.
I work with all types of moms. Some are depressed. Some are not. Some are anxious. Some are angry. Some want to love being moms and don't. Some hate their infants and are terrified to admit it. Some resent their spouses. Some love their babies but are going out-of-their-minds-crazy from lack of sleep. Motherhood should not be a shit-show.
There is no perfect mother.
You do not need to feel guilty, alone, desperate, anxious, or hopeless. That is not what motherhood should be.
Please. Reach out.
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