7 Ways To Find Your Circle of Support When Pregnant and Postpartum

Pregnancy changes many things. One thing you may find is that your old circle of friends no longer understand what you are going through. Just when you need more support. So how can you find or create support when pregnant or a new parent?

7 ways to find your circle of support when pregnant and postpartum

 

 

1. Birth education classes

 

Challenge yourself to strike up a conversation with at least one interesting woman during one of your birth education classes.

2. Consult existing friends who already have kids

 

Parents love to give advice to those following their footsteps!

3. Online support

 

Find a Facebook group of local women going through the same thing. Google+ can be a great place to find communities with common interests. And Babycenter and What to Expect have “birth month clubs” that can be found online and even in mobile phone apps.

4. Form or join a playgroup and “mama tribe”

 

Read this article on how a “mama tribe” can help during pregnancy and beyond.

5. Come to my free support group, “Maiden to Mother” on Fridays

 

If you are in San Diego, please contact me at abby@abigailburdlcsw.com or call 619-289-7818 for the address to a free pregnancy and postpartum support group held every Friday at 12:45pm.

6. Take prenatal and mom and baby yoga

 

Not only will you be connecting with your inner calm and your baby, you may meet other women you can relate to.

7. Consult a therapist to help create a plan for social support

 

If all of the above aren’t helping, or if you may be at risk for postpartum depression, a licensed therapist can help you to create an individualized plan for support.

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Image credit: Jeanette Leblanc found via Jesalyn Eatchel, LCSW

About the Author:

Abigail Burd, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist practicing in San Diego. (CA lic #LCS26867.) Specialties include maternal mental health, parenting, addiction, depression/anxiety and personal growth. Abby is experienced providing counseling to others in the helping fields, college students, and graduate students.

5 Comments

  1. Joann Woolley March 20, 2014 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I’m loving the quote image Abby! Incredibly powerful and truly every new mama needs to hear it.

    • abigail March 20, 2014 at 9:18 am - Reply

      That’s how I felt when I saw it, Joann. Thanks for chiming in!

      • Joann Woolley March 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm - Reply

        I have never seen that quote image – and you know I see a lot of good stuff on fb and G+ so kudos to you for capturing it!

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