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6 Things that can put a mum down

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Maternal mental health awareness is a serious topic and the points below in no way reflect the severity of it. Still, the things which can aggravate a mom who’s having a tough time can vary in intensity.

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Interesting things that can make a mum feel crazy

  1. Being questioned constantly on why you’re still breastfeeding your 4 month old when formula exists.
  2. Baby screaming every time you dare to take anymore than two steps away.
  3. Amidst the chaos and stress of caring for baby, being expected to also keep an immaculate home with small items like remote controls perfectly arranged perpendicular to the edge of the table. Many other mums do it. Why not you?
  4. Being called an overprotective mother when you show any hint of concern for the safety of your child. Let her chew on that plastic bag with her sharp little teeth! Who cares that she might swallow bits of it? That’s a sharp table corner that he could bang his head on? So what? Babies bang their heads all the time. Let’s watch him head straight for it. You do too much.
  5. Being made to feel like a smothering mother when you show any amount of affection to your children.
  6. Baby has hit one year old and still waking up a couple of times or more per night.

You know this is all meant very much in a tongue-in-cheek way, of course but when you’re in the throes of depression, it doesn’t take much to push you over the edge. It takes even less if you’re unfortunate enough to be around people who know how fragile you are but choose to try to break you anyway.

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It’s maternal mental health awareness week. Mental health awareness is a topic that’s close to my heart and I do believe that it should be close to everyone’s heart. If you feel like you may be close to some sort of a breaking point, you need to talk to someone. Don’t suffer in silence. Ideally a professional. Look up free resources close to you. You owe it to yourself and to everyone who loves you.

What kinds of things affect you mentally as a mom?

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13 thoughts on “6 Things that can put a mum down”

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one bothered when some tells me I “need to relax” as a mother.

  2. Two things my baby is 1 year and still wakes up every 2 hours. And yes my son follows me everywhere I go and I can’t step away from him.

    1. engenderedconvos

      Every 2 hours! oh my! i think i could actually almost bear that if my baby would quickly pass the clingy stage. It’s quite heartbreaking to leave her at the moment.

  3. Katja

    We may be tired but we are strong.

  4. These are all comments that cause the direct opposite when said. There’s that quote that nobody in time has ever calmed down when someone tells them to calm down. That applies to pretty much all of these.

    I’m of the thought process that people should really mind their own business. I’m not really interested in how you think I should be parenting my kids. This is not to say that some people don’t offer good advice or useful information but for the most part the people who offer their opinions are not helpful 🙂

    1. engenderedconvos

      Very true – some advice is helpful and a lot are also well-meaning

  5. Yes! All of these things drove me crazy. Parenting babies was so difficult for me, and I was exhausted. I needed someone to say that I was doing a good job… and then maybe do my dishes and vacuum my house. Lol, That would have been helpful.

  6. Katherine

    Being a parent is tough! And not much of those items change, ever when they’re older. Little kids have nightmares so they wake up. Mommy is always the source of information and answering questions (no one can compete!), and a messy house is par for the course! Are you even a mum if your house is clean?
    Keep staying positive and enjoy the little bits in between the chaos! It gets so much more fun!

    1. Kin Unplugged

      That’s such awesome encouragement. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  7. These are all so accurate! A big one for me was all of sleep and not having help with nighttime feedings.

  8. Not having a break can definitely be hard on us as moms.

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