Just as What To Expect When You’re Expecting guides you through the physical changes of pregnancy and the postpartum...
...The Emotional Guide is a guide to your shifting hormones, emotions, identity, and relationships.
Read the Author’s viral New York Times article.
Becoming a mother is a dramatic identity shift called “matrescence.” During this transition, many women find themselves feeling lost somewhere between who they were before motherhood, and the picture-perfect but unrealistic image of who they think they should be now. Too many women are ashamed to speak openly about the ups and downs of their experiences for fear of being judged. Many women worry that they are going crazy, or destined to be bad mothers, but they’re not.
As Reproductive Psychiatrists, we specialize in helping women navigate their emotions before, during, and after pregnancy. Our phones are ringing off the hook, but the majority of the women who call us don’t really need us. What they need is the truth about how their moods, hormones, and identities change during matrescence, together with some practical ways of helping themselves. We think that it’s time for women to stop feeling so guilty, disappointed, competitive, frustrated, ashamed, angry and afraid about their normal transitions to motherhood. That’s why we decided to write this book, an emotional guide from the first trimester of pregnancy, through the first year postpartum.