Transitions in Motherhood

& Other Resources From Holly Kelley, LMFT

Transitions in Motherhood | Potentia Therapy

The fact that you’re worried about being a good mom means you’re probably already a really good mom! – Holly Kelley, LMFT

Honoring Transitions

No matter what transition you’re going through in life, it’s important to honor it and be present with how it impacts your life, emotional well-being, relationships and physical and spiritual health.

One of our therapists, Holly Kelley, who specializes in perinatal mental health, shares with us some of her go-to resources when it comes to transitions.

Keep on reading to find out what you really need to be preparing for during the 4th trimester in pregnancy, why you should be embracing emotional discomfort and what book she recommends for adult children who have parents going through dementia.

Holly Kelley’s Three Resources for Those Going Through Transitions

1.  This blog post that covers the very real things you have to prepare for during the 4th trimester. Many women prepare for the birthing process like it’s their job during the final weeks of pregnancy. What many women don’t realize is that the 4th trimester (which occurs after birth), is just as important to plan for.

In many ways, not only is a baby born, but a mother is also born that needs to be cared for and tended to, just like the baby.

Dr. Christine Sterling, an Ob/Gyn, offers some honest, straight forward information that women should be aware of as they are transitioning from pregnancy to motherhood, including how their bodies are changing and what they should be aware of related to BabyBlues vs. Postpartum Mood and Anxiety disorders.

2.  This article that discusses what John Gottman and Brené Brown have to say about running headlong into heartbreak.

As a society in general, we’re not typically prepared to embrace emotional discomfort. Most of us are taught to run from or shut down, a relationship that causes us pain.

While there certainly are unhealthy/unsafe relationships which running from is appropriate, how many relationships might be safer and stronger if we were willing to run towards heartbreak in our relationships and risking being vulnerable with our partner?

Kerry Lusignan offers insight and compelling reasons on why it might be worth running towards heartbreak in our relationship rather than away from it.

3.  This book, titled “The Tide” by Clare Helen Welsh that tells a story about families, laughter, and how we can help a loved one with dementia live well.

As older adults in children’s lives begin to experience memory impairment, it can be challenging for children to understand why they are no longer remembered or why things feel so different with a loved one.

This lovely book offers a window into a little girl’s experience of this transition with her grandfather in easy to understand language and beautiful illustrations.

Need some more support for your perinatal mental health? Click here to sign up for our upcoming Rooted in Motherhood workshop!

To learn more about Holly Kelley, click here.

To download Potentia’s journal prompts for those going through transitions, click here.

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