The transition into parenthood is a huge life shift, inevitably and undeniably. For the new mother though, the experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum recovery can be mind-blowing. There are physical, emotional, and chemical changes that take place simultaneously. It’s a very vulnerable time and our society doesn’t always depict the experience honestly.
It’s not a coincidence that many outdoor-women seem more hesitant to start a family. In some ways, it feels like you have to choose between adventure and family. Maybe it’s mommy-guilt or societal expectations or time-constraints… regardless, the result is women quietly suffer through pervasive post-partum struggles including anxiety, depression, resentment, loneliness, complacency, and more.
Motherhood doesn’t have to fit into a prescribed box; women need to feel empowered to live an intentional life that is fulfilling, balanced, and joyful. The women in our community especially need to know that while adventure does look different after kids… different time constraints, emotional constraints, physical constraints, it’s still entirely possible. You can have the camaraderie, challenge, and efficacy that adventure brings and still balance the beautiful demands of motherhood.