WHAT CAUSES IT?
several factors play a role as to why some mothers may feel depleted. One main reason would be the lack of postnatal support in places like the Uae, where the majority of mothers are expatriates, so most are away from their own mothers, sisters and other close connections, which can lead to a feeling of isolation, and of having little or no support.
This is one reason why eleonora Fornelli and i founded the 1st doula support agency in the Uae – belly baby Mom. We want to support women, not only during birth, but through the early postpartum period and the rest of motherhood.
another issue is all the things we see on social media and read in the media, in some books and even hear from other people that make us feel we are supposed to be the perfect mom, when in reality there is no perfect mom - there is only a mom who is perfect for her child. New mothers feel an overwhelming pressure to get everything right in those first few months with a baby, and it shouldn’t be this way; as motherhood is a journey of trials and doing what is best for you and your baby.
There are studies that prove that postnatal mothers typically have low levels of nutrients in their bodies including iron, zinc, vitamin b12 and others, which may be responsible for why a new mother may feel depleted. What is interesting is that it occurs because a pregnant mother’s body will send several grams of these essential nutrients to her baby via the placenta to help grow and develop her baby.
Other reasons include ongoing life stressors – demanding careers, social schedules, sleep deprivation and others. SHEREEN ZARROUG is a birth doula and hynobirthing practitioner, who together with ELEONORA FORNELLI founded Belly Baby Mom, a postnatal doula service in Dubai. They offer a range of pre and post-natal support services.es. For details on upcoming classes, workshops, free events & more, please visit bellybabymom.com or phone (058) 5123226