The Identity Shift of Becoming a Mom, with Sophie McEntee

Have you considered what motherhood means to you, and how you are going to integrate that, with your current identity? How do you feel about the words sacrifice and devotion? Sophie McEntee is here to tell us why becoming a mom can be such a messy process, and what you can do to prepare. Check it out!

 

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What we talked about:

  • The physical (and hormonal!) changes of becoming a mom
  • The emotional changes of becoming a mom
  • Unpacking what motherhood means to you
  • Why becoming a mom is a messy process
  • Why it’s so common to feel like you are ‘losing yourself’
  • The importance of the ‘integration period’
  • Dealing with the social pressures
  • Stopping the “should”-ing
  • Tearing down the ‘superwoman’ idea
  • Ways of making the transition less rocky
  • How do you want to show up?
  • Creating a plan and finding support
  • Parenting = sacrifice + devotion
  • What to do with all the feels?
  • How the identity shift affects your relationship
  • Squaring away your ideals of motherhood with reality

 

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Courtesy of Sophie McEntee

About Sophie McEntee

Sophie McEntee is a licensed psychotherapist with a combined thirteen years of training and clinical experience specializing in the emotional and spiritual well-being of women, specifically mothers. She is the co-founder of Honest Mamas, an online collective that is dedicated to supporting women through the transitional and transformational times of motherhood, including fertility and pregnancy. Sophie works virtually and in person with women who are pregnant, in the postpartum period, and working through issues around Motherhood Identity. Sophie hosts the Honest Mamas podcast, a program dedicated to supporting mothers emotionally and spiritually on the motherhood journey.

Learn more at sophiedmcentee.com and at honestmamas.com

 

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