The birth of a child is a life changing experience and until it happens, you really don’t know what’s going to hit you! While it can be a fantastic time, it also comes with challenges. Even though it is perfectly normal to feel a mixture of emotions (positive and negative!) we often aren’t warned about this before we give birth. This means that when they come they can hit us like a tonne of bricks and have a huge impact on your mental health.
This is what happened to me after the birth of my second daughter, Lexi. I already had one daughter, Mia, so I expected Lexi to slot into my life easily enough. I had done this once before so surely it would all be smooth sailing second time round. Sadly I was wrong and was hit with crippling post-natal anxiety which was a complete shock. I had my two, beautiful, much longed for, daughters. How could I be feeling like this? Of course, postnatal mental health problems don’t discriminate between first and second pregnancies. They can hit you regardless of whether this is your first, second or fifth baby.
It was during this time that I came up with the idea for Super Mumma, a collection of sweatshirts and hoodies aimed at empowering and inspiring all mummas and reminding them to stop, breathe and focus when times get tough. We all have ‘mental health’ and it is important that we nurture this, especially at times when everything seems a little overwhelming