I watched my baby’s newborn weeks from the outside, being mentally disconnected to the tiny body that clung to my insides for months. I was physically and mentally worn from the birthing experience, feeling like my body was going to fail with every step. I was hungry. My breasts were sore. I couldn’t stop the tears from overflowing out of my tired eyes. I didn’t recognize the girl who stared back at me from the mirror. I felt like an imposter.
When I talk to moms about those hazy postpartum months, they all describe it in the same way. It is frightening, and painful, in both mental and physical ways. It feels so wrong to feel this way after waiting years to conceive, and months to meet your child. Why do new moms feel so lost, so ignored and so lonely? What can we do to help them feel like themselves again? Where can they find these resources and who is advocating for them?
Momcrated was created because we wanted to be there for moms during this critical period, through our boxes, blogs and social media pages. We want them to feel like they matter. We want them to feel heard and loved, and frankly, we want them to have gifts too! We hope that every time a mom opens one of our carefully curated boxes, she feels like she has what she needs to tackle that stage of the 4th trimester. We hope that our social media posts hit home, and allow open communication. Most importantly, we hope to spread joy, love, and understanding as the woman transitions to her title of mom.