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Digital Subscriptions > Motherdom Magazine > Issue 01 > SELF-CARE FOR DADS


Elliott Rae and his daughter by Laura Gallant


When my daughter was eight months old she had a severe allergic reaction. It was a scary experience and I’ve written about it on my blog, She was fine after we rushed her to A&E, but I wasn’t prepared for was what was going to happen to me in the days and weeks after. I couldn’t sleep properly for a while. I kept reliving what had happened and thinking about how much worse it could have been. I kept having flashbacks and picturing my daughters face as the swelling was getting worse and her eyes were shrivelling. I kept googling ‘allergic reactions in babies’ and reading horror stories that ended much worse than ours. I couldn’t focus at work and would randomly feel very emotional for no reason at all. While I had put my emotions to one side during the actual incident, the realisation of what had unfolded in those moments to our beautiful little girl were being relived over and over again in the days and weeks after.

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If you're a parent with kids under 5 and you're interested in maintaining positive mental wellbeing, this is for you. Motherdom’s first issue is packed full of real life stories about maternal mental health, expert pieces from perinatal healthcare and wellbeing practitioners, and practical stuff too - mindfulness for you and your kids, yummy recipes and physical exercises you can do at home! Motherdom has been created by former BBC journalist and mum-of-two Anna Ceesay, who also went through her own maternal mental health issues. Issue 1's theme is "You're not alone".