Stacy Gernetzky understands the struggles that come with motherhood. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer
Stacy Gernetzky understands the struggles that come with motherhood. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer Brenda Strong

Survey shows mums are overwhelmed, but help is at hand

THE news you will become a mother is life changing for most.

But when some women hear the news, they can be faced with more worries than usual.

Hopelink Gladstone co-ordinator Stacy Gernetzky shares her own knowledge and experiences to help struggling mums.

"I know what it's like to sit there and go, 'I don't know what I'm doing'," she said.

Ms Gernetzky has experienced post-natal depression first hand.

"Society in general makes motherhood look so warm and fuzzy, and when it doesn't turn out like that we don't understand why we feel this heartache."

She said it was paramount all mums maintained a healthy support network.

"I can only imagine what it's like for someone who is a teenager or has no family," she said.

"She is able to party, hang out with friends and be a teenager before she becomes pregnant, but this changes when she has the responsibility of a child."

Girls who fall pregnant at a young age are at risk of developing self-esteem issues. Financial stress can also be a problem, along with their level of social support.

And many don't continue to pursue an education.

A survey by Fisher-Price uncovered the rollercoaster of emotions new mums felt.

Of the 500 Australian mums surveyed, 24% found they were constantly juggling activities, 23% had no time to themselves and 21% were overwhelmed.

An uninterrupted night's sleep was what 32% wanted, while 41% admitted they only had a rare opportunity to pamper themselves.

Stacy said one of the main struggles she saw mums have was managing their time.

"They dedicate themselves to their family and children but very often at their own expense," she said.

The mother-of-two recommended allocating 'you' time.

"Whether it is reading a book or having a massage, just some time to sort through things in your head makes a difference."

She said not only you, but your family would benefit.

If you would like more information, contact Stacy on 4979 3626.



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