“My name is Christin, I am 30 years old and I am the proud mother to a beautiful 3-month-old baby boy named Maayan.”
What was the dynamic surrounding your pregnancy?
“When I found out I was pregnant with Maayan I was in Las Vegas for work. My period was late but given the fact that I’m irregular, the thought of me being pregnant never crossed my mind. One morning before I went into the office I felt this sharp pain in both my breast coupled with nausea. I immediately knew something different was going on with my body. I took a pregnancy test and not to my surprise it was positive. I didn’t plan on being a mom in fact, I had almost written it off completely.
My pregnancy was very rough for about 5 months. I got morning sickness every day and it would last all day. stressful. I loved plant-based eating however, my baby didn’t like certain fruits and nuts for breakfast. (Learned that the hard way) Work days were long, I was so irritable, and my work environment was extremely stressful. I developed anemia during my 3rd trimester and my doctor took me off work 6 weeks prior to my due date. (All praises!!) I had to take iron pills 3 times a day and began eating lamb once a week to improving my blood levels. I spent my extra free time planning my baby shower, catching up on my rest and impatiently waiting for Maayan’s arrival.”
How would you describe your post-pregnancy/motherhood experience?
“Maayan is 3 months now and motherhood has been a daily adjustment. My days/nights revolve around his needs and his comfort level changes by the hour. Nevertheless, loving him is the purest form of love I’ve ever known! I look forward to our life together! Every day I wake up next to my son is truly a blessing and I’ll will always be grateful for this journey.”
Did you ever experience post-partum symptoms or battle with your mental health in any way? If so, how did you get through it?
“I definitely have had my share of dark days since giving birth. I struggled with breast feeding for about 2 weeks and that really took a toll on me mentally. The thought of not being able to feed my child naturally the way God intended really broke me down. I had intense conversation with family about formula as an alternative. In my opinion the ingredients in formula are disgusting and it depressed me to consider that as an option. I gradually regained control of my thoughts. I vented to family, friends and even strangers who cared to listen in order to release the negative energy. I also prayed and meditated on nursing my baby without complications. I researched ways to increase my milk supply and took the pain of my baby latch like a champ. My milk came in and Maayan is growing and hitting milestones beautifully!”
Describe your routine and activities that you do to maintain your mental health on a daily basis.
Maayan and I co-sleep. We wake up together in the morning and have a chance to play, share, and love before his morning feeding. Co-sleeping has been a great way to establish a connection with my baby. I’m there when closes his eyes and when he opens them the next morning. He doesn’t wake up crying because he’s alone and that makes me feel good as well. When he smiles at me for the first time each day it melts away any mental fog I held onto overnight. I start my day off on a positive note everyday which is important if you’re battling depression of any kind.
What advice would you give mothers/soon to be/potential mothers, based on your personal experience?
Your mental state plays a major role in caring for your baby. If you’re sad or feel like you can’t shake that dark cloud, talk to someone. You’re not alone, you’re not crazy and most of all your baby needs you! The best advice I can give, stay patient. Be patient with yourself and with your baby. This journey is new for the both of you and you’ll meet parts of yourself for the first time. Remember to be kind and gentle not only to your new baby but to yourself as well. You will make mistakes, you won’t have all the answers and that’s ok.
P.S. Cherish those pre-baby showers/baths and mommy and daddy time too!