Join Us in #MakingOverMotherhood

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If you’re a mother, how many times have you left the house and realized your child is wearing two different shoes? Or better yet, not wearing any shoes at all? How many times have you checked their school backpack only to find a half sheet of paper with a missed deadline? Motherhood is not perfect. It is challenging and hard. That’s why we’re #MakingOverMotherhood.

May is Maternal Mental Health month. Each year, The Blue Dot Project hosts a campaign to raise awareness for the 1 in 5 women who will experience a maternal mental health disorder—and to shine light on the beautiful, messy reality that is motherhood. This year, their campaign is #MakingOverMotherhood and runs from April 29 to May 3. They invite you to share your stories and pictures of what real motherhood looks like to you—whether its mixed-matched shoes or a messy toy room or a sleep deprived selfie.

Maternal Mental Health month aims at raising awareness for the reality of motherhood. So many mothers leave the hospitals with pressure to be perfect mom. Their personal needs are neglected and their mental health is often ignored. Last year, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) published a committee opinion on how we should be improving postpartum care. They suggest women often wait too long to see a doctor and their needs are neglected to make way for baby’s needs. With the ACOG’s new suggestions, Professor Debra Bingham comments that “the postpartum period has become a priority”. They stress the importance of seeing your pediatrician sooner than six weeks after birth; they also urge pediatricians to start screening for maternal mental health.

Postpartum depression and anxiety are among the most common maternal mental health disorders. Those feelings of dread and incompetence, feelings of not being mother enough effect thousands of women each year. By #MakingOverMotherhood, you can help show other moms we all have bad days—and we all are here for each other.

Postpartum Support International outlines several different postpartum disorders; they also offer resources and real stories from mothers and fathers who have experienced postpartum mental health disorders. They can also get you connected to local resources.

Know that you are not alone and not to blame. 2020 Mom leaves you with this: postpartum depression “can affect any new mother regardless of age, race, income, education and/or marital status. You can feel better with help. Maternal Mental Health disorders can be treated with social support, self-help techniques, counseling and medication when necessary.”