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The Identity Shift of Becoming a Mom, with Sophie McEntee
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #127
Have you considered what motherhood means to you, and how you are going to integrate that, with your current identity? How do you feel about the words sacrifice and devotion? Sophie McEntee is here to tell us why becoming a mom can be such a messy process, and what you can do to prepare. Check it out!
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What we talked about:
The physical (and hormonal!) changes of becoming a mom
The emotional changes of becoming a mom
Unpacking what motherhood means to you
Why becoming a mom is a messy process
Why it’s so common to feel like you are ‘losing yourself’
The importance of the ‘integration period’
Dealing with the social pressures
Stopping the “should’ing”
Tearing down the ‘superwoman’ idea
Ways of making the transition less rocky
How do you want to show up?
Creating a plan and finding support
Parenting = sacrifice + devotion
What to do with all the feels?
How the identity shift affects your relationship
Squaring away your ideals of motherhood with reality
Sophie McEntee is a licensed psychotherapist with a combined thirteen years of training and clinical experiencing specializing in the emotional and spiritual well-being of women, specifically mothers. She is the co-founder of Honest Mamas, an online collective that is dedicated to supporting women through the transitional and transformational times of motherhood, including fertility and pregnancy, and I works virtually and in person with women who are pregnant, in the postpartum period, and working through issues around Motherhood Identity. She’s also the creator of the e-course Honest Mamas: A Practical Guide in Mothering Ourselves. Sophie hosts a weekly podcast called Honest Mamas, a program dedicated to supporting mothers emotionally and spiritually on the motherhood journey.