MAMAS...it is OK to ask for help.
Wait- Did you just think "if I ask for help I will look weak". Trust me in this, new mama, we all find it hard to ask for help. So, if you're a mama who doesn't think she should ask for help, trust me you are not alone.
I remember after my youngest son was born. I didn't know it at the time, but I was going through postpartum depression.
I would visualize giving my baby a bath and drowning him just by pouring a little cup of water on his hair to rinse the shampoo out. I would lose my car at the grocery store, I'd forget I had things cooking on the stove. It even got to the point that my arms would spontaneously move. Talk about freaky! But the worst part was when I started suicidal thoughts.
I had no idea what was going on with me. I had 3 older kids, this never had happened before. What the hell is wrong with me, I kept thinking. I got to get it together, I can't let anyone see me like this. I've got a family to raise.
I was so afraid that if I told anyone that I needed help, the would find me weak, unstable. Take my kids away and put me in a mental hospital.
For months I tried to deal with it on my own, I kept it from everyone. Then finally one day when I found myself on the bathroom floor sobbing all alone. Wondering what the hell was going on with me.
Realizing I could no longer do it on my own, I up my Superwoman pride and talked to my doctor. I needed know what was going on with me.
And this is where I began to understand this horrible thing I was going through.
So again, if you're a mama who doesn't think she should ask for help, trust me you are not alone. I get it and completely understand.
13 years later, I still find it hard (sometimes) to ask for help. But I am better than I was and am only getting better.
Wanna know something... Asking for help shows you are wise, not weak.
You my dear are a VERY WISE MAMA indeed.
If you need to chat, shoot me a message. I'd love to talk or just listen to you.
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