Episode 13: Ana on Postpartum Identity & Balance

“Once he started getting older and the novelty wore off I really started having a hard time. From about months 3-11 the lack of sleep really started to get to me, and the tedium of being at home…From the moment I saw him I cried and always loved him, but I just had a hard time figuring out the right balance between what he needed and what I needed. There’s never been a lack of love, it’s just figuring out how to fit him into my life and what my life looks like now.”

In this episode, my guest Ana speaks out about the challenges she faced during pregnancy and delivery, and how she struggled to balance her own needs for stimulation outside the home with the demands of new motherhood. She also talks about hiring a sleep trainer, and the impact that this first year of new parenthood has had on her marriage. I’m sure this episode will resonate with a lot of you! Thanks for listening.

 

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Connect with Ana: http://www.anareisdorf.com/about

Episode 12: Elizabeth on HELLP, PPD, and Good Fights

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“It feels like my marriage is really strong now, and anything that happens to us it’s like, ‘Well, we got through [the NICU], so we can get through anything else.’ But it has also made our fights a lot more intense because we really love our kids, and we’re fighting about something that really matters, where as before when we were newlyweds we were fighting about who put the toilet paper on backwards.”

In this episode, Elizabeth tells us about how her plans for an unmedicated birth were derailed when she developed high blood pressure and eventually HELLP syndrome, and how this impacted her fourth trimester and beyond. She shares about the stress that PPD put on her marriage, and the silver lining that came out of it.

Episode 11: Megan Hale Talks Positivity and Grace

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“’Grace’ to me is treating myself with a whole lot of compassion, and really sinking into that loving kind voice that we all have access to. And I focused on that the whole time I was going through the pregnancy; when things would be out of control, when I felt hormonal, when I felt crazy— I’d be high and low within a couple of hours— and that was so out not like me, and I felt so out of control of my emotions. Having to practice grace with myself was really having to walk my talk.”

 

In this episode, my guest Megan Hale tells us about the difficult conversations she had with her husband in the lead up to growing their family, and how her traumatic birth impacted both of them and their plans for future children. She also speaks beautifully on the topic of grace, and how she kept a compassionate inner narrative, even when things weren’t going how she hoped they would. Lastly, Megan explains how her and her husband were able to reconnect after the birth of their baby, and how they are prioritizing sex in this new season of life.

 

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Megan Hale, MA, BCC
Relationship Coach | Speaker | Podcast Host
p: The Enoughness Revolution on iTunes
w: Megan-Hale.com   e: livetrue@megan-hale.com