Pregnancy. Fertility Struggles. Parenthood. – Did you feel set up for success?
I can say with certainty, I did not. Before my fertility struggle, I thought basically, you have sex to try to get pregnant, you get pregnant. Through many years of trying and three miscarriages, I was smacked in the face with the reality that that is not, in fact, how it always works.
And all the websites and books and guides and chats with friends didn’t fully set you up for pregnancy success, because everyone’s experience is so wildly different. And then, the baby gets here, and you were told they’d have all these cute, individualized cries that tell you exactly what they need and when, but your baby is screaming constantly unless they are in your arms and won’t sleep in their crib or bassinet or even in the wearer. You must be holding them, which means few opportunities for you to take time to focus on yourself.
Juggling all of this is tough, and please know, you are not alone. I provide mental health therapy and specialized treatment for the well-being of individuals and couples in the reproductive years.
I am Meg Duke (she/her/hers), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervisor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor serving people in the reproductive years with a solution-focused mindset and a sense of humor.
- Individual Therapy
- Fertility, Perinatal, and Postpartum Therapy
- Parenting Therapy
- Supervision for LMSWs working toward LCSW/LSCSW licensure
Journaling can be a great tool for mental health. Check out my Guided Journaling offerings in my Etsy shop!