Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast
#56: Surviving the First Year of Motherhood
with Becky Viera, Author of Enough About the Baby
Surviving the first year of motherhood can be an incredibly challenging experience, yet many of the struggles that new moms face are not openly discussed. Becky Vieira’s book Enough About the Baby: A Brutally Honest Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood helps new mothers understand their experiences and prioritize self-care during the first year of motherhood.
In this episode, Becky discusses the challenges of motherhood and how these problems are often not openly discussed, even among us mothers. This often leads to feelings of isolation and inadequacy. We talk about the importance of reaching out for help as a new mother, but how difficult it can be to do so. Becky also provides suggestions for setting boundaries with family members and the importance of self-care.
Becky talks about the book’s comprehensive list of questions for couples to address before their baby’s arrival, aiding in their readiness for parenthood. She also touches on the role of social media in helping new mothers connect with each other and learn from their experiences.
Listen to learn from the experiences of a mother who is brutally honest about the harsh realities of motherhood. Empower yourself and the new mothers around you.
Topics in this episode:
- Becky’s reason for writing “Enough About the Baby: A Brutally Honest Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood“
- Lack of information about motherhood and self-care
- Importance of self-care in motherhood
- The availability of knowledge and information through social media
- What Becky wishes she knew before becoming a mother
- Reaching out to people and the power of the ask when everything is hard
- How to handle unhelpful villages or relatives
- The list of questions in the book to talk about with your partner before the baby comes
- The comprehensive and collaborative approach of the book, including stories from moms and input from experts
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About our guest: BECKY VIEIRA is the voice behind the popular Instagram mom account, Witty Otter, where she is leading the shift in the way women speak about motherhood. For more than seven years she has been a go-to writer in the parenting space for popular outlets including BabyCenter and Scary Mommy. Before becoming a writer, Becky spent more than fifteen years as a publicist for some of the biggest public relations agencies representing major consumer brands, including Mattel’s Barbie®, Disney Consumer Products, and the charitable program Stand Up to Cancer. She lives in Northern California with her husband and son.
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