Hi! I’m Rebecca
Founder & Postnatal Vitality Coach
This is my story.
My passion for helping women create a new normal in the way we take care of ourselves in the 4th trimester and beyond comes from my own experience as a brand new mom. I was completely caught off guard. The lack of sleep, the uncontrollable hormones, your life will no longer be yours: these are all warnings I received from others and they all ended up becoming true.
I became depressed and anxious. I wondered why people, especially women, encouraged the decision to have kids. As year one turned into year two, I started to feel frustrated. What was with the warnings anyway? If other women knew what I was about to go through, where was the support? Is it a rite of passage for new moms to struggle? Women were losing their lives; I knew that I had to do something for myself and women everywhere.
The first step was to create a planner for new moms (with a brilliant team of fellow moms). Something that would help to guide them through the different stages of the first year with an emphasis on regular mental health checks. Once the New Mom Planner was produced, I moved on to working on the development of an updated prenatal program, resources to help moms-to-be to set up their village as well as tools and resources that raise awareness in friends and family of new moms. All of my programs and resources address the things that I wish I had known in order to set myself up for a proper postnatal recovery. Everything is designed with saving lives in mind; not just in the physical sense, but spiritually, mentally and emotionally. My goal is to create a movement and a new standard in how a new mom is taken care of in her postnatal period. I hope you’ll join me!
How I Overcame Postpartum Depression
There were many times that I could be found crying in the corner of my bathroom throughout my first year of motherhood. I didn’t think I was good enough to be a mom to these two beautiful girls. I was offered antidepressants on two different occasions and never took them. I didn’t believe that something which perpetuated the symptoms I was experiencing could be good for me. Insomnia, anxiety and suicidal thoughts were not things that I wanted to mess with.
Blood work revealed very low Iron and B vitamins, both of which can mimic or contribute to experiencing a postpartum mood disorder. I had no idea. I started taking Iron and B12 supplements and within two weeks I felt like a new person. I was thrilled and decided to dive into learning more.
I was on a mission…
I refused to continue as a tired and worn out mom. Because we knew that there had to be a better way. One day, a friend sent me an article about something called “postnatal depletion”. It explained what a woman’s body goes through in order to nurture an unborn child as well as the state in which the body is left after childbirth. It was a major aha moment. OF COURSE a woman’s body is depleted after childbirth. We grow a human and an extra organ of sorts (the placenta) which takes from us to give to baby. This was the missing link and what ultimately pulled me out of my depression. I learned that I hadn’t taken the steps to truly recover from either carrying my twins or their birth.
From that moment on, I made a number of changes that I realized should have been set before my girls were born. I added more supplements to my routine including a multi vitamin, fish oil and vitamin D. I determined my priorities and started asking for and accepting help. I also found a new passion in teaching women to avoid suffering the way that I did. Life with young children can still be challenging, but now when the bad day turns into days or weeks I know it’s time to start questioning what’s happening and figuring out how to make it better.
I’d really love to connect!
The New Mom Planner Facebook community seriously rocks my world. I love being able to chat with my sisterhood of moms, interview experts and share the good word about postnatal vitality. Connection is everything and when I need a boost of feminine energy and understanding, this is the place I turn to! I would honoured to have you follow my page and tickled if you joined my free group!