Women's Health Uninterrupted Season 3 Episode 7 Teresa Palmer On Embracing The Chaos Of Motherhood
“How funny that the name [of this podcast] is Uninterrupted because I’m pretty sure I’ll be completely interrupted,” Teresa Palmer laughs as we get on the phone.
And she is right.
But all the interruptions in this new podcast episode of Uninterrupted by Women’s Health Australia are perfectly imperfect, because the reason we’re on the phone to Teresa, has nothing to do with her acting cred (see: Ride Like A Girl and A Discovery of Witches) but everything to do with making sure that as women, we are talking more about our shared experiences. Not just the fun stuff, which we tend to do anyway, but especially when those experiences are hard.
Teresa has a new book out right now, called Zen Mamas: Finding Your Path Through Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond (Ebury Illustrated, $34.99), which she cowrote with her friend Sarah Wright Olsen. And just like in the book, in this chat, the mum to six-year-old son Bodhi, three-year-old son Forest and one-year-old daughter Poet; and 12-year-old stepson, Isaac, gets vulnerable and honest. She talks about her pregnancy loss, how she and her husband Mark got through his experience of postpartum anxiety, and the way she’s navigating life through the coronavirus pandemic.
In this episode we also chat about:
- What she’s learnt about herself from being forced to slow down during the COVID-19 lockdowns
- The Guided Meditations for Kids by the New Horizon Holistic Centre that she does with her kids
- The journaling app Day One she uses to do a daily brain dump
- Why she thinks we need to move away from the term “miscarriage” and talk instead about “pregnancy loss”
- Cultivating moments of self-care (“They are fleeting!”, she laughs)
- Tiger King (because isn’t everyone?)
- Letting go of expectations of what we think motherhood should look like
- Having her husband’s “user manual” and vice versa
If you or someone you know are struggling with perinatal anxiety or depression, head to panda.org.au for support or call their national helpline on 1300 726 306.
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