Motherhood not what you imagined? Are you facing a diagnosis of post-natal depression?
Are you finding it hard to face another day? Do you find nights exhausting?
You were excited about pregnancy and gave birth to a beautiful little prince or princess. There were flowers and chocolates, cards and gifts. You were emotional and could hardly believe you had become a mother.
As the days and weeks pass, your new joy starts slipping away. You feel dread. Fear. Confusion. Disappointment. Motherhood isn’t meant to feel this hard … is it?
You will not feel this way forever. Please come with me on this journey. I will provide resources, video clips and blog posts along the way. Here’s a little gift for you:
“10 Biblical Affirmations for Mums”
are Bible verses written in the first person. Download them for free here. With them blue-tacked around your home, you will have visual reminders of your worth and who you are becoming. Life may seem to be a mess at the moment, but to your heavenly Father, it’s a beautiful mess. He specialises in transforming what is broken into His masterpiece.
Hi, I’m Nicki Jeffery – held by Jesus to encourage you today. Once I was in your shoes. I was diagnosed with post-natal depression. I felt helpless. I didn’t think I could go on and I didn’t want to. Hope was gone.
Would you like to know the numbers when it comes to maternal/paternal mental illness? Up to 1 in 10 women and 1 in 20 men experience antenatal depression (during pregnancy). More than 1 in 7 new mums and up to 1 in 10 new dads struggle with post-natal depression each year. Anxiety is just as common. Stats from PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia. Their National Helpline is 1300 726 306.
It is not uncommon and you are not alone.
I have written a book for women battling post-natal depression. It should be available late 2017 / early 2018. For more information, please click here. It seeks to encourage women embarking on the much anticipated but unexpected journey of motherhood. Section One addresses topics relevant to mothers, like sleep and diet. Section Two moves into issues mothers diagnosed with post-natal depression and anxiety face. Section Three speaks to the mothers who have a Christian faith and are struggling with maternal mental illness.
I include my journey and treatment that assisted in my recovery. I interview others who have been through similar experiences. I share their stories and tips. I also interview medical and spiritual professionals, many whom I know personally, for articles on their topics of expertise.
I’m here to encourage and inspire you, beautiful mama.
You are precious to God and you’re precious to me. When you come through this season, you will emerge stronger and more radiant. This too shall pass … and I will be here for you until it does.