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What is Matrescence

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

Matrescence is a term that has been gaining momentum in recent years, but what exactly does it mean?

Simply put, matrescence is the process of becoming a mother -

both physically and emotionally.


It's easy to focus on the physical changes that occur during pregnancy and childbirth, but matrescence goes much deeper than that. It's a transformative experience that impacts a woman's identity, relationships, and sense of self.

During matrescence, a woman's brain undergoes significant changes that prepare her for motherhood. Hormones flood the body, rewiring neural pathways and creating new connections. This can lead to heightened empathy, intuition, and an increased ability to multitask.


However, the emotional toll of matrescence can be just as significant as the physical changes. Many women struggle with feelings of isolation, overwhelm, and a sense of loss of their pre-motherhood identity. This is a completely normal and natural part of the process, but it's important for women to have support and understanding during this time.


In our society, we often focus on the baby and forget about the needs of the mother. However, the process of matrescence is just as important as the birth of the baby. It's a time of growth,

transformation, and self-discovery.


So, how can we support women during matrescence?


It starts with acknowledging the incredible journey that they are on. We can offer practical support, like meals and help with household tasks, but it's also important to provide emotional support. This can include listening without judgment, offering validation and empathy, and simply holding space for the woman to process her feelings.


In conclusion, matrescence is a powerful and transformative experience that deserves recognition and support. It's not just about becoming a mother, but about undergoing a profound shift in identity and self-discovery. Let's honor and support the incredible women who are on this journey.



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