Toxic positivity during pregnancy and postpartum. - House Of Zelena

Toxic positivity during pregnancy and postpartum.

Smiling through positivity.

Toxic positivity is the idea that we must always maintain a positive attitude and avoid negative emotions at all costs, even if it means ignoring or suppressing our true feelings. While having a positive outlook can be beneficial in many situations, toxic positivity can be harmful, particularly during pregnancy and postpartum.

Pregnancy and postpartum can be challenging times, both physically and emotionally, and it's important to acknowledge and address the full range of emotions that 

come with these experiences. Toxic positivity can make women feel guilty or ashamed for experiencing negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, or sadness during pregnancy and postpartum.

A depressed mom
An exhausted parent.

"Toxic positivity is not about being positive, but rather about ignoring or dismissing the very real emotions that we all experience."

Dr. Jaime Zuckerman

Moms having a social circle.
Couple having some quality time.

Importance of dismissing toxicity from positivity.

It’s essential to promote a healthy emotional state by encouraging women to express their emotions freely and to seek support when needed. It's also important to recognize that experiencing negative emotions is a normal and natural part of the pregnancy and postpartum journey.

While it's essential to maintain a positive outlook, it's equally important to allow oneself to feel and express the full range of emotions that come with pregnancy and postpartum. By doing so, women can promote their emotional well-being and increase their resilience during these transformative times.

Having a shoulder to rely on
Being an exhausted mom

To change your attitude from toxic positivity to positivity, you can follow these steps:

Recognize the difference between positivity and toxic positivity.

  1. Practice self-awareness and acknowledge your true feelings.
  2. Reframe negative thoughts in a positive way.
  3. Focus on solutions to problems rather than denying them.
  4. Practice gratitude and focus on the positive aspects of your life.
  5. Seek support from loved ones or mental health professionals.

By following these steps, you can shift your mindset from toxic positivity to positivity, leading to a healthier and more fulfilling life. 

Society helping a struggling mom

How society can positively help pregnant women.

Society can help pregnant women be positive without falling into toxic positivity by educating about the emotional experiences of pregnancy, encouraging open communication, providing support and resources, promoting self-care and wellness, and celebrating the journey of pregnancy.

It’s important that each one of us  talk about positivity and positive vibes but it is also important how a pregnant woman feels, and wants to be treated. 

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