28 episodes

The Tough Mothers podcast delves into the topics we need to talk about in motherhood. The taboo, embarrassing and not-spoken-about things that make us feel alone and frightened, but are often common and normal. Mothers from around the world share their journeys through motherhood, completely uncensored; their struggles, their accomplishments, their insights, and what they want you to know. Including interviews with experts in the motherhood field, these conversations will touch you, inspire you, resonate with you and empower you as you navigate your way through matrescence (the transition from woman to mother) and motherhood. Your host, Dr Jennifer Hacker Pearson PhD, is a mother of three. She personally and professionally knows the importance of mental wellbeing in matrescence and motherhood. She also knows that we need to talk about it ALL, so we can support each other, and ourselves, during our journey. Dr Jen’s bestselling book "I Wish Someone Had Told Me…" details the things 1000 mothers want every mother to know before she has her baby. The Tough Mothers Podcast carries on from there.These powerful, raw and honest conversations will enlighten, support, encourage, and empower you on your journey through matrescence and motherhood. Because you too are a Tough Mother.

The Tough Mothers Podcast Dr Jennifer Hacker Pearson PhD

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The Tough Mothers podcast delves into the topics we need to talk about in motherhood. The taboo, embarrassing and not-spoken-about things that make us feel alone and frightened, but are often common and normal. Mothers from around the world share their journeys through motherhood, completely uncensored; their struggles, their accomplishments, their insights, and what they want you to know. Including interviews with experts in the motherhood field, these conversations will touch you, inspire you, resonate with you and empower you as you navigate your way through matrescence (the transition from woman to mother) and motherhood. Your host, Dr Jennifer Hacker Pearson PhD, is a mother of three. She personally and professionally knows the importance of mental wellbeing in matrescence and motherhood. She also knows that we need to talk about it ALL, so we can support each other, and ourselves, during our journey. Dr Jen’s bestselling book "I Wish Someone Had Told Me…" details the things 1000 mothers want every mother to know before she has her baby. The Tough Mothers Podcast carries on from there.These powerful, raw and honest conversations will enlighten, support, encourage, and empower you on your journey through matrescence and motherhood. Because you too are a Tough Mother.

    #28 Matrescence or Postpartum Depression?

    #28 Matrescence or Postpartum Depression?

    Matrescence - the developmental transformation a woman goes through when she becomes a mother, is physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual. 

    Interestingly, for almost all mothers, matrescence can result in similar feelings to postpartum depression, which can be very concerning.

    We ask ourselves am I experiencing matrescence or postpartum depression?
    Or both???

    This episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast analyses this question to provide you with knowledge, so you can understand yourself, and your feelings better, and learn how to support yourself in motherhood.

    Key takeaways from this episode:
    - Matrescence and postpartum depression can feel similar
    - Matrescence manifests in mixed feelings
    - Postpartum depression is an umbrella term
    - Your knowledge of matrescence, and yourself during matrescence, is imperative for thriving in motherhood

    Mentions in this episode
    - Learn more about my first book I Wish Someone Had Told Me – unspoken truths about what really happens to women during labour, childbirth and the first few weeks of motherhood at www.toughmothers.com/books

    - Read Katie Rickson’s amazing article about her experience with matrescence and bipolar at www.toughmothers.com/MatrescenceAndBipolar

    - Follow Tough Mothers on Facebook and Instagram for more knowledge, techniques and support @DrJenHackerPearson
    And join our FREE village at www.ToughMothers.com/village

    - For more information about this episode head to www.ToughMothers.com/ep28

    • 11 min
    #27 Alcohol, Motherhood and You - with Sarah Rusbatch

    #27 Alcohol, Motherhood and You - with Sarah Rusbatch

    Talking about not drinking alcohol is still taboo. But Grey-Area Drinking Coach Sarah Rusbatch and I dared to go there in this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast.  We want you to know why alcohol is making you unhappy and anxious, how you can find your true self by putting down the bottle, and why mummy wine culture is so very damaging.
    Don’t think this is a You-MUST-Stop-Drinking-Now episode. It is not! We merely share Sarah’s knowledge and our individual experiences with ditching booze, and how it has affected us and our mothering.

    Key takeaways from this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast:
    - Taking a break from alcohol can be beneficial in more ways than one
    - Alcohol does not make motherhood easier
    - Your kids are affected by your drinking, even if you don’t realise it
    - Choosing to ditch the drink will change your life in more ways than one


    MENTIONS IN THIS EPISODE
    -Download your free guide to taking a break from alcohol 
    -See Sarah’s top resources for changing your relationship with alcohol
    -The book Sarah mentioned: The Wine O'clock Myth by Lotta Dann

    -Learn how you can truly thrive during motherhood with our TOUGH MOTHERS COURSES

    - Follow Tough Mothers on Facebook and Instagram for more knowledge, techniques and support @DrJenHackerPearson
    And join our FREE village at www.ToughMothers.com/village

    - For more information about this episode head to www.ToughMothers.com/ep27

    • 44 min
    #26: 3 Simple Ways to Create More Mental Space in Motherhood

    #26: 3 Simple Ways to Create More Mental Space in Motherhood

    Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space, your mental space, lies your power to choose your response, and your response will determine how you feel and how you view the world.

    This episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast dives into the importance of mental space in motherhood. We talk about why you must find your mental space and elongate it to thrive in motherhood.
    I also give you 3 simple ways you can create more mental space today.

    FREE DOWNLOAD - Morning Mama Meditation
    Your simple 5-minute guided meditation that will help you create calm, joy and fulfilment in your mind, and train your brain to elongate your mental space. www.ToughMothers.com/meditations

    Join our FREE Tough Mothers Village!
    We provide knowledge, information, tips, support and so much more, for all mothers.
    www.ToughMothers.com/village

    To access more information about this episode or watch this conversation on YouTube go to www.ToughMothers.com/ep26

    • 14 min
    #25 The Evolution of Matrescence - with Jenn Donovan

    #25 The Evolution of Matrescence - with Jenn Donovan

    To access this episode's show notes and  for more information and tools go to: www.ToughMothers.com/ep25

    Matrescence is defined as the process of becoming a mother. It is the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual transformation women go through when we become mothers.
    But does matrescence ever end?
    Is it finite like adolescence?
    In this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast, I delve deeper into the evolution of matrescence with Jenn Donovan, who recently experienced a life-changing transition in her motherhood journey when her youngest child finished high school. 
     
    Key takeaways from this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast:
    - Matrescence is a lifelong transformation for mothers.
    - Our children’s phases and transitions will change us as women, and our role as mothers.
    - Every mother’s matrescence journey is different.

     For more information on matrescence and to access Jenn's beautiful article head to www.ToughMothers.com/ep25

    • 32 min
    #24 The Motherhood Champagne-Glass-Tower Model

    #24 The Motherhood Champagne-Glass-Tower Model

    For more knowledge, tools and this episode's show notes visit www.Tough Mothers.com/ep24

    Want to truly thrive in motherhood?
    In this episode I introduce you The Motherhood Champagne-Glass-Tower Model. 
    I created The Motherhood Champagne-Glass-Tower Model to visually demonstrate the importance of a mother’s “glass” being full. Because if the mother’s glass is empty, she cannot pour into other areas of her life, like her children.
     
     
    Key takeaways from this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast:
    - You are the top glass of YOUR champagne glass tower 
    - if your glass is not full, your “champagne” cannot trickle down into other parts of your life
    - To be the happiest mother you know, you must keep your glass full

    For more knowledge, tools and this episode's show notes visit www.Tough Mothers.com/ep24 

    • 6 min
    #23: Motherhood fears and how to overcome them – with Belinda Hughes

    #23: Motherhood fears and how to overcome them – with Belinda Hughes

    For more information, tips and this episode's show notes go to www.ToughMothers.com/ep23

    “Acknowledging our fears around mothering and motherhood is empowering and courageous.”

    This episode of  Tough Mothers TV is deep!
    I speak with mum of two, Belinda Hughes, about the fears we feel around our children and parenting, and how we deal with these. And you can too.
    Motherhood is an opportunity to really get to know ourselves, and our children are our greatest teachers. Belinda shares how she transitioned from a fear-based space to a loving ground, and how mothers can manage their own fears, and not project them onto their children.

    Key takeaways from this episode of Tough Mothers TV:
    -Many of the fears mothers face come from our wounded inner child
    -Fear is a natural part of mothering and motherhood.
    -It is important to feel the fear, but we should not attach ourselves to it.
    -Learning to surrender to your fears and feelings is an important part of motherhood.

    PS. Surrender does not mean give in, surrender means let go

    Go to www.ToughMothers.com/ep23 for more

    • 35 min

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This podcast is open and uncensored conversations about all things motherhood. It talks pregnancy, babies and how to parent. But it goes further and also talks about less discussed topics such as miscarriage, post-partum depression and struggling with who you after children. This is done with warmth, curiosity and some humour. Absolutely essential listening for all mamas and mamas-to-be.

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