One of the biggest joys in life is bringing home a new baby. A child to love and nurture and watch grow before your eyes… it’s truly a gift! But for many mamas, the postpartum period can bring about the baby blues, postpartum stress syndrome, overwhelm, and so much more.
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The first step to start healing? Asking for help. Whether it's admitting to yourself, or talking to your partner/family, this first step can be the most difficult.
Join Majka Co-Founder, Lorena and Mysha Co-Founder, Marika as they discuss how you can ask for help from your loved ones.
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.Postpartum Focused Therapists
First and foremost, professional help is key.
No matter the severity or frequency of your blues, getting professional help is the best (and often most effective) way to work through what you’re feeling.
When it comes to finding the right doctor, look for therapists who specialize in the postpartum period. These doctors can provide resources and actionable tips for working through this time and coming out of it feeling stronger.
- Dr. Michelle Casarella, @mentalwellnessformamas
- Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapist database with Psychology Today
- Postpartum Focused Group Therapy from Postartum.Net
- Free mental health assessment from Doctor on Demand
- Volunteer listeners that you can vent to with 7 Cups
- Find online therapy with TalkSpace
.Breastfeeding Support Groups
A strong community of mamas can make a world of difference in making us feel supported, loved, and heard! Consider joining a local breastfeeding support group to meet with other mamas, share relatable experiences, and navigate this new journey together.
- Breastfeeding support group with AZ Breastfed Babies (says book appointment but click support group)
- La Leche International Breastfeeding Support Facebook Group
- BabyandBump Breastfeeding Forums
- Dairy Queens Breastfeeding Support Group
- Milky Mamas
- The Leaky Boob
- KellyMom Breastfeeding Support
.Parent and Baby Bonding Classes, Support Groups
The same thing goes for classes or groups. Mommy & Me groups or other baby bonding classes can be a great way to meet fellow mamas and families, and also escape the chores and stress of at-home life for an hour or two!
- Gymboree Baby and Music Classes (Directory)
- Over The Moon Parenting- Classes from Prenatal to Pre-K
- Nested Baby Virtual Support Group
- Parents Helping Parents Support Group
.Go Beyond a Face Mask Self-Care Tips
Just like you take care of your little one, you need to take care of #1 (you!). After all, you cannot pour from an empty cup (we’ve all tried).
Though we know it’s easier said than done, really make an effort to carve out time for yourself. Something as simple as enjoying a bath or practicing your other favorite self-care habits can make a huge difference in lessening the overwhelm.
- See Mama Go Real Self Care
- Self-Care for Busy Moms
- Setting Boundaries
- Asking for Help
- Time Management for Moms
.Mom and Baby Sleep Support and Professional Guidance
For many mamas, sleep (or a lack thereof) can be a huge stressor. Too much of it, and you feel guilty for “neglecting” other things.
Not enough, and you feel like a zombie who can barely get through the day. For most of us mamas, we struggle with the latter. If that’s you, implementing effective practices can be a great way to put a focus on the very thing that will give you the most energy — sleep!
- SleepSense Sleep Consultant Directory
- Virtual Sleep Consultation with Dr. Kristina McGuire
- Postpartum Insomnia Tips from the Sleep Foundation
- MommyWise Sleep
- 11 Sleep Tips for Tired Moms from Majka
.Postpartum Nutrition Classes & Blogs
Your wellness is another key area that shouldn’t be ignored postpartum. Your body needs proper nutrients to recover after growing and delivering a baby! Kid snacks and leftovers aren’t going to cut it long term.
A postpartum nutrition class is a great way to learn exactly how to nourish your body to heal!
- USDA Nutrition Courses
- Aloha Nutrition with Allegra, Registered Dietitian and Postpartum Nutrition Expert
- How Your Diet Affects Your Postpartum Recovery
- Alexandra Paetow Postpartum Nutritionist, @postpartumnutritionist
.Finding Postpartum Doulas
Working with a postpartum doula is a wonderful way to ease into motherhood with support and guidance.
Postpartum doulas can help with everything during this new period, from breastfeeding your baby and navigating motherhood emotions to providing parental educational resources and helping you ease and transition into your new chapter.
- Doula Directory from Dona
- Doula Wisdom Instagram Account
- Extended Doula Resources from the Doula Experience
Mama, you are strong and powerful! We encourage you to remember to take care of yourself mentally so that you can continue showing up as the super mama that you are for your little ones.
When you equip yourself with resources and continue to give yourself space, patience, and grace, you are unstoppable. We hope that these mental health resources provide you with the tools and knowledge that you need.
As always, feel free to reach out to us about anything and everything — we’re here to stand beside you on your motherhood journey!