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From the moment your first bundle of joy arrives self care starts taking a back seat. Becoming a new mom can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, even if you don't have postnatal depression added to the mix. People are incredibly generous with baby presents after a birth, but often the new mama gets forgotten in a sea of cute babygros and brightly coloured toys. Roll on a few years (sleepless of course) and add another kid or two into the mix and many women have simply forgotten to include looking after themselves on the never ending to do list.
I created Mama Moments to remind mothers that we are important too. That we cannot pour from an empty cup and that self care is an important part of looking after our mental health. Self care is not a luxury, but a necessity, and it's a lot easier to keep all the balls in the air and be there for the people we love if we've allowed ourselves even 5 minutes with a cup of tea to recharge.
I also wanted to take the opportunity to support the amazing, independent businesses being run by mamas all over Ireland. Mama Moments boxes include wonderful, unique products created by Irish mamas running small businesses.
So please, subscribe and treat yourself to a wonderful surprise every two months, or treat someone else who you know needs to make some time for herself.
Above all, remember to mind yourself.
Founder of Mama Moments
I’m Sarah Ryan and I started Mama Moments in 2018. I have two children, age 6 and 3, and live in Dublin with them and my husband. Myself and my husband have been together since we were 16 and are married 10 years. We did a lot of travelling and lived in a couple of different countries before buying our house and starting a family.
I had hyperemesis (a severe form of pregnancy sickness) on both my pregnancies and suffered with postnatal ptsd, depression, and anxiety after my eldest was born. I think I thought because myself and my husband had been together so long, knew each other so well and had very deliberately planned to start a family that we would adjust to being parents relatively easily. But a combination of the hyperemesis, breastfeeding issues, the hospital being shut down the week I was due to give birth (fun times!) and a lot of other ‘life’ things, that by themselves would have been fine, combined together to lead to a huge amount of stress which developed into a cocktail of mental health struggles.
It was only when I was pregnant the second time and speaking to a counsellor that I received an official diagnosis. Speaking with someone was incredibly cathartic for both myself and my husband and definitely helped in preparing for the arrival of our second. But one of the most important shifts for me came when I finally started dedicating some time to self care on a daily basis. The difference in how I felt mentally and emotionally were huge. And it's what led me to found Mama Moments.
To be a small part of helping mothers prioritise their self care has been so amazing and I get lovely messages all the time from women thanking me for my part in their journey - it is such an honour and my heart squeezes every time I get one of those messages.
I am honoured to be part of so many women's journey. Whether that's through the self care gift boxes, the self care workshops or simply through my mailing list or social media. Being able to support mothers and help them live calmer, happier lives means everything.
Well done on having such a super business. I was lucky enough to get a box from a friend this week and I love it. I’ve told many people about you and looking forward to subscribing!
Sarah I can't thank you enough for your workshop. Being a mother who was feeling completely overwhelmed lately you have helped me breathe again. For the first time in a while I woke up this morning feeling calm and actually relieved.
Mama Moments has done more for me in
the past few months than I could ever tell you. I'm so glad I subscribed.
Sarah is a wonderful source of support and well researched advice. Every mama could do with a Sarah in their lives!
Congratulators on all you are doing Sarah! You’re like an online mummy / self care coach for me and as a first time mummy it’s so good to have your support. Keep up the good work x.
I got the new mama box for my cousin because I couldn’t visit her and her new baby. She loved it! Thank you!
My 2 nieces and my daughter were absolutely thrilled to receive their mama moments packages this morning. My daughter isn’t a mam but thrilled to receive such a lovely package of hand cream and lip balm Thank you for making 3 peoples day with your wonderful products.
Appreciate my mama moments treats all the more right now. More intense days with no breaks also means more moments of love for them.
I really enjoyed the online workshop, it really helped me identify what my anxiety looks like. I know what I need to do to hopefully reduce this if not eliminate it.
My friend received her mama moments box today. She cried when she opened it. She is going through chemo and was having a really shit day and this was too thoughtful she said! Just what she needed. So thank you. It was like a hug wrapped in a box as I can’t be with her so thank you xx
I’m not one for any subscription services (allergic to commitment) but this one I honestly cannot live without. I look forward to it every 8 weeks and it really does make me want to mind myself .
Hi Sarah, just wanted to let you know that my friend got her box last week and she’s absolutely delighted with it. She was really struggling with working from home while having the kids at home and she said she absolutely adored the cards and all the rest of the products plus the smell was apparently divine. Just wanted to let you know! Thanks again xx
My mam just received her box. She is absolutely thrilled. Sitting in her garden now having the tea. Thanks so much.
Your boxes are amazing and have brought so much peace to my life even if it is for 30 mins. Thanks again
I found this online workshop with Sarah so helpful. It was an hour really well spent, with practical advice and resources to help us find calm in the chaos!
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