Armed to the Heart - Military Women, Work-life Balance, Female Veterans, Christian Moms, Pregnancy and Postpartum
69. How to Overcome the Stigmas Around Pregnancy & Postpartum in the Military, to be the Mom & Leader We’re Called to Be
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We're gonna have a conversation about the stigmas against motherhood in the military.
I reflect on the moment when we have to transition to the maternity uniform, and all the emotions that come with this, and deep dive into the challenges of being a mom in uniform.
It's hard to go through pregnancy & postpartum in the male-dominated environments we're in, often surrounded by an organizational culture where motherhood isn't necessarily welcomed, valued, or normalized.
Many of us are wrestling with how to be a great mom AND leader at the same time, how to reconcile our dreams & goals with who we want to be for our family.
There are so many pressures we feel & fears we may be navigating, internally & externally.
We're not only navigating the challenges to find balance, but many of us are also feeling those pressures to prove we're still valuable, even through pregnancy, that we can come back strong & still perform postpartum. You may be experiencing anxiety around other people's opinions & perceptions of you when/if you become pregnant, or be worried about the potential career impacts of pregnancy.
If you're feeling this too, or maybe feeling torn or afraid of starting or growing your family because of timing or other reasons, feeling shame or guilt around putting your family first, or just feel a bit alone as a mom in your work environment, listen into this episode.
I pray that you feel seen, loved, and encouraged today on your journey sister.
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