In February, Mandy Moore and her husband Taylor Goldsmith welcomed their first child, a baby boy named August. In a live Instagram chat with licensed psychologist and perinatal mental health specialist Dr Ashurina Ream, the actress admitted that the experience sometimes isolates her.
“I had these preconceptions of myself becoming a mother,” Moore said. “Obviously I knew it would be a challenge, but I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I have that kind of naturally motherly side,’ whatever that means. But I guess I just didn’t really recognize the worries, the fears, the sense of responsibility that are so pervasive in moving forward once you become a mom.
She continued, “I guess when I was imagining motherhood, I was kind of imagining, oh, you find a community… and you go to mommy and me classes and baby classes.”
the It’s us The star also noted the ongoing pandemic, saying she was not comfortable going out at the moment (cases are increasing in the US).
“And I’m sure it’s a reality for some people in different parts of the country,” she continued. “But I don’t know if that’s something I would necessarily feel most comfortable with at this point, just considering what we’re sort of going through.”
As the extra support for her son ceased after three months, she said she did not feel well enough but was forced to “reframe” her expectations as a mother. She ended the conversation on a positive note.
“I don’t know anything, but I’m always here to stop and breathe through it,” she said. “Recognize that I am better when I trust my own instincts, remember that everything is a phase. “
Here’s to more women breaking the stigma surrounding motherhood. Moore follows Jessica Alba who recently admitted that she had quit playing to focus on her children.