Don't isolate yourself during this emotional and exciting time. Instead, share it with others. Cheer someone else on. Open yourself up and you might be surprised by what you can receive and what you can give to another.
Read on to find out how you can find a group like this, or even start one yourself!
Depending on where you live, finding a mother's group may be as simple as picking up a flyer, or as difficult as starting one from scratch. In larger, more populated areas, you might simply search the paper or call the local hospital. In smaller, less populated areas you may need to ask around. News and helpful information often spreads through word of mouth in rural communities. Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to new people. Who knows, the next person you speak to might end up becoming a close friend.
A few key places to call: hospitals, day care centers, churches, universities, schools, and libraries.
In some cases, there may not be a mother's group. But don't give up! Instead, start one yourself. Ever heard the old expression, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained"? Well, in this case it's true. If you don't step up and get the ball rolling maybe nobody will. And wouldn't that be a shame?
It's really not as hard as it sounds. Just gather your courage and start a conversation with another mother. Whether she's a friend or a complete stranger, you will both have one thing in common... you're moms! If she has a two year old and you are only expecting, ask her for advice. If you're both pregnant, talk about those carvings, your aches and pains, or whatever ails you. Share and you will eventually be shared with.
Once you have made a connection with at least one woman, the two of you can reach out to another, and another. Eventually, you'll be laughing and crying together and handing out flyers on the weekends.
Just remember, a group starts one person at a time.
Think outside the box and inside the
The web can be an excellent source for support groups. After all, online you have the whole world at your fingertips, rather than just a handful of people from your community. Of course, it can also be a bit more difficult to make a real connection, but with a little effort and an open mind it could turn out to be an excellent experience.
* tip: it might make things a bit more personal to use web-cams when meeting with your Internet mommy friends. - however, use caution when dealing with information about your location, number, and personal other personal info.
Sometimes support groups can be large and impersonal. If this is the case, don't be afraid to bond with just a few of the ladies and get together separately for more intimate discussions. You might even consider meeting just for fun. Perhaps a movie or game night? It's all up to you and how personal you want this to be for yourself.
This blog post was provided by Stephanie Parker – our blog writer extraordinaire!