Most of us have thoughts where we worry about the worst possible outcome, or we fixate on how we were perceived. We have thoughts that are skewed, disruptive, or just blatantly false. And then you become a mother and the anxious, negative thinking can feel like it’s nonstop. These negative thoughts are known as cognitive distortions and they can interfere in relationships, hold us back from … [Read more...] about Cognitive Distortions: The Motherhood Edition
Pregnancy and the postpartum period is a time of profound changes, physically, emotionally, and socially. Our bodies change, our emotions vacillate, and our relationships follow suit. The postpartum period is one of adjustment and adaptation. This is true if you are bringing home your first baby or your fourth. Throughout her pregnancy, a mother is typically cared for and doted on, but after her … [Read more...] about 4 Truths About Postpartum Life
Over the course of a long-term relationship there will be points where penetrative sex is not an option, or when couples want to expand their sexual repertoire even if penetrative sex is still an option. Common reasons why couples must sometimes take penetrative sex off the table include when the female partner is struggle with a sexual or pelvic pain condition, when a partner is receiving … [Read more...] about Expanding Your Sexual Menu
Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday that often comes with high expectations for couples. To celebrate the holiday, you don’t have to do the stereotypical dinner date and one dozen red roses. For new parents, this is nearly impossible and - even if you do get a sitter to watch the kids - often the pressure of getting dressed up and going out can make the evening feel less enjoyable and more … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day for Parents: A Creative and Realistic Guide to Celebrating Love
Why am I feeling so angry? I lose my temper with my partner I feel so frustrated with my child. I should be happy right now, but I’m not. Is this normal? I hear these statements from many postpartum clients experiencing mood disorders. The expectations for new moms are not always realistic and not always applicable. Sometimes there’s unfair expectations for a new mom to be happy and smitten … [Read more...] about Postpartum Rage: Why no one talks about it and everyone should.
An all too common experience for women in the United States is that of experiencing a traumatic birth. Some of these traumatic experiences are reflected in our maternal mortality rate which has been steadily climbing for … [Read more...] about Resources for Postpartum PTSD