The postnatal program is comprised of 6 modules that cover key topics across areas that all mums find challenging to manage during the postnatal period.
The program content consists of videos, readings, worksheets, and wellbeing assessments. The following table provides an outline of the program topics and themes for each topic. Each module contains 8 or more activities for you to complete.
|Module 1||Module 2||Module 3||Module 4||Module 5||Module 6|
|Challenges of being a Mum||What is a Wondermum?||Awareness of your thinking||How has your body changed?
How do you feel about this?
|Bringing order to the chaos|
|Normalising feelings||Creating positive social
|Establishing helpful thinking
|Body image acceptance||Transforming your
|Practical planning &
|Creating healthy lifestyle
|Mindfulness in parenting||Practical steps for making
|Expectations and agreement
with your partner
STRESS IN THE PERINATAL PERIOD
The perinatal period, which is from pregnancy to your baby reaching 12 months, can be a particularly difficult time for many mums and families. Becoming a mum is one of the biggest transitions in life, drawing a line in our life, that being life before kids and life after kids. As with all major transitions in life, the adjustment to motherhood can be profound and have significant consequences across all aspects of your life. It can derail your sense of self and place additional strains on your relationship, finances, physical wellbeing and emotional state.
This is a particularly sensitive time, one where emotions are high and your resources are low. New stressors are introduced into your life and it can easily become overwhelming for the best of us. Despite feeling as though you were a normal functioning person before you became pregnant and welcomed your new baby into this world, all of the ground rules that applied before no longer apply now. Your world has been turned upside down and this impacts your baseline stress level and your ability to cope with day-to- day issues. Stress can be viewed along a continuum with a healthy range of stress at one end, and overwhelming stress at the other
We know that some stress can be motivating and help us move toward our goals, however when stress levels get too high, it can prevent us from functioning well and enjoying our lives. Our baseline stress level, the everyday level of stress that we live with, varies and is influenced by a range of factors (personality type, physical and emotional health, relationship status, financial situation, adverse events, to name a few).
The transition to parenthood introduces a whole range of adjustments that we know can impact a mum’s baseline stress level that if not managed effectively, can have a significant impact on physical health and emotional wellbeing. There are some important considerations when managing stress during the perinatal period:
The WONDERMUMS programs provide you with the knowledge, tools and resources that you need to manage the changes and stresses that impact your emotional wellbeing. One of the aims of our programs is to help you maintain a baseline stress level that is within the optimal range.