Matrescence – the developmental transformation a woman goes through when she becomes a mother, is physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual.
Thankfully the term matrescence is getting more and more well known. Finally, people are realising that when a woman becomes a mother she is forever changed. We are creating language around this monumental transformation that will help women better understand their transition, and themselves during this life-changing time.
Interestingly, for almost all mothers, matrescence can result in similar feelings to postpartum depression, which can be very concerning.
We ask ourselves, am I experiencing matrescence or postpartum depression?
This episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast analyses this question to provide you with knowledge, so you can understand yourself, and your feelings better, and learn how to support yourself in motherhood.
Key takeaways from this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast:
♥ Matrescence manifests in mixed feelings
♥ Postpartum depression is an umbrella term
♥ Your knowledge of matrescence, and yourself during matrescence, is imperative for thriving in motherhood
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In this episode you will learn:
[3.45] How many scientific journals are dedicated to matrescence?
[5.00] Only 2% of people had heard of matrescence
[7.57] Matrescence is more than simply becoming a mother – we are changed!
[11.00] How we know women are changed when they become mothers
[13.55] Matrescence manifests differently for every woman
[15.30] We need terminology, knowledge and understanding around becoming a mother
[17.15] We must not pathologize matrescence
[20.15] How can we tell if we are experiencing matrescence or postpartum depression?
[27.30] Seek help from experts that understand matrescence
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1) Help you understand how matrescence changes you, your brain and your mind
2) Show you how you can use these changes to truly thrive in motherhood.
3) Teach you simple, science-based exercises you can easily modify to your unique self (and to fit into your busy day) to feel more fulfilled and be a truly happy mother.
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