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.
#17 How to Find Your Light in Motherhood - with Life Coach Dasha Okonji
See www.ToughMothers.com/ep17 for more information, tips and this episode's show notes.
“The [motherhood] shift was nothing like I thought of, dreamed of or prepared myself for”
Dasha Okonji is a mum of 3 gorgeous boys and a life coach. Like many mums, during matrescence Dasha felt she lost herself in motherhood. So, she went on a journey to rediscover who she is, find herself again and find the light in motherhood.
In this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast, Dasha shares with us her powerful story and explicit steps of how she found herself and her way in motherhood, and how you can too.
From getting to know ourselves again properly as we navigate through matrescence, to seeing what is important, and how we can give more time to the things that are important to us, without sacrificing ourselves.
For more information, tips and this episode's show notes go to www.ToughMothers.com/ep17
#16 The Power of Positive Births - with Alana Swain
See ToughMothers.com/ep16 for more information, tips and this episode's show notes.
“Motherhood ripped me apart and put me together with light”.
Alana contacted me a couple of months ago and said: “I really want to share my birth stories with you. I had two incredibly empowering births, and I feel that people don’t talk about birth being a positive experience.”
I said: YES!!!!!!
In this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast Alana reveals how she prepared herself mentally for childbirth and how hypnobirthing played a big part in her birth experiences. She also tells us about how her motherhood struggle transformed her, and we delve into how every mother needs to consciously prepare herself for matrescence.
For more information, tips and this episode's show notes go to ToughMothers.com/ep16
#15 The 50 Shades of Motherhood spectrum – every mother sits on it, but did you know you can shift?
My special presentation from The Healthy Mums Healthy Families Summit in February 2021.
See https://www.ToughMothers.com/ep15 for more information, tips and this episode's show notes.
This episode of Tough Mothers TV is about as action-packed as motherhood.
All mothers will benefit from this episode!
- Teaches you about matrescence, the transition into motherhood – how it changes mothers’ brains and how you can use this transformation to truly thrive in motherhood.
- Explains the 50 Shades of Motherhood spectrum – a spectrum ALL mothers sit on - and teaches you strategies for how you can manoeuvre your way around the shades to initiate your happiness in motherhood.
- Gives your strategies to start training your own brain to thrive in motherhood. Truly thrive in motherhood!
There is also a FREE E-Book for you to download to start training your brain to be happier in motherhood at https://ToughMothers.com/HappyMother
- Gives you a mother moment time-out: a FREE powerful, yet brief motherhood meditation that will positively affect your brain and mind.
For more information, tips and this episode's show notes go to https://www.ToughMothers.com/ep15
#14 How You Can Support Your Teenager's Mental Health - with Melanie Medland
For more information and Melanie's tips, see this episode's show notes www.ToughMothers.com/ep14
Warning: this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV mentions self-harm and suicide attempts. If you require help, PLEASE see your GP or the list of services at the bottom of the show notes.
When Melanie Medland found her type A-personality teenage daughter suddenly couldn’t cope with life, she was naturally alarmed. Melanie’s daughter, who was always very capable, suddenly withdrew, had trouble sleeping, forgot things and her eating patterns changed. Not having come across this before Melanie was questioning if this was just part of normal adolescence, but in her gut she knew. Her daughter was very unwell.
In this episode of the Tough Mothers Podcast, Meanie takes us into her family’s difficult time: how her daughter’s anxiety and depression made Melanie question herself and her parenting, how Mel found her strength and the language to speak to her teenage daughter, and how she uses the enormous amount of hard won experience and knowledge she gained while successfully nurturing her daughter through her illness, to support and coach parents who are facing similar battles.
For more of Melanie's expertise and information on this topic, go to www.ToughMothers.com/ep14
#13 Finding a Silver Lining in Your Postpartum Experience - with Katie R.
For more information, tips, Katie's poem and this episode's show notes, head to www.ToughMothers.com/ep13
Your postpartum (or postnatal, depending on where you live) experience will be unique. I say that because when you enter motherhood, matrescence, you enter it as your unique self, with your unique biological make-up, your unique previous experiences, your unique neuroscience.
So, you won’t know how postpartum will be for you, until you are in it.
Yes, sometimes there are neurobiological predictors, but often women are surprised when they enter their 4th trimester.
Katie R. was one of these mums. Katie felt a bit down during pregnancy and was worried about postnatal depression. However, what her 4th trimester brought was the exact opposite. Katie was up, not down!
Because Katie experienced bipolar symptoms, and not stock-standard depression or anxiety it took some time for her to get the help she needed. And not only did she find help, she also found herself.
Key takeaways from this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast:
- You will know if you don’t feel OK, and you must speak up!
- Your postpartum experience does not need to shape the rest of your life.
- Sometimes wonderful things come from our darkest experiences.
- Mental health is something that affects everyone. There is no shame in it.
Find more information, tips, support and show notes at www.ToughMothers.com/ep13
#12 Mastering Yourself in Motherhood - with Tracy "Gwamma" Newell
For more information, tips and this episode's show notes, head to www.ToughMothers.com/ep12
Motherhood is tough. Every woman will agree that motherhood, at some point, will throw you some curve balls. There is no right way to do motherhood, you just have to do it your way.
In this episode I have the absolute pleasure of speaking with Tracy Newell, affectionately known as Gwamma. Tracy is a mother of 5 and a grandma, hence the nickname. Today she kindly and very deeply shares her journey through motherhood, and her wisdom of how she mastered herself in motherhood following multiple miscarriages, fertility challenges and very dark times.
After listening to this conversation, you will understand why you need to find your unique way to master yourself in motherhood. Tracy’s tips will no doubt help you along the way.
In this episode of The Tough Mothers Podcast and Tough Mothers TV you will learn:
✓ How to use your challenges to drive positive change in your life.✓ The grief of losing a child never ends, it just changes.✓ There is no roadmap to motherhood, but you will find your own way.✓ How not to lose yourself in motherhood.Find more information, tips and show notes at www.ToughMothers.com/ep12