The Work-Life Equation Podcast Episode 34: Let’s Talk Baby Blues

It’s normal to feel all kinds of emotions when you become a parent. Listen to this episode to understand why it’s important to take care of yourself from those early months.

We all start with the idealized image of parenting. Then comes the first night of crying (yours and the baby’s), and you wonder if you were cut out for this at all. On this episode, mother/daughter parenting pros Marti and Erin Erickson get real about new motherhood -- the elation, the blues, being good to yourself, and why we all should be OK with asking for help (even from work) when we need it.

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0:52 Why is parenting in the modern era so hard? 

1:44 Marti says, there's a lot more self-criticism in today’s parenting. 

2:03 Parents can feel all sorts of emotions in the first weeks. 

2:35 Social media can exacerbate negative feelings and put pressure on parents, but it can also be a source of support.  

4:00 How do you draw the distinction between what is normal parent emotions, and what is more concerning? 

5:01 Marti says, research shows 50-75% of moms have “baby blues” -- what looks like depression but fades away after a few weeks. 

6:00 The more we can have conversations about mental health in parenting, the easier it will be for all parents. 

6:48 Workplaces can play a role in creating a support system for parents. 

9:17 What’s a good way to reach out to your supervisor to talk to them about your situation? 

12:05 Involve and engage your children in your own self-care activities. 

12:50 Speaking of self-care, Lisa mentions Episode 19: Mindfulness in 30 Seconds or Less as another great resource for new parents looking to incorporate self-care into their daily routine. 

16:03 Another important aspect of self-care for some parents: maintaining the relationship with your parenting partner or spouse. 

17:16 It’s okay to take care of you: the oxygen mask metaphor. 

18:40 Be gentler to yourself and with other mothers.

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