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Mommy Blogging Reduces Stress in New Moms

Who would have thought?

Who would have thought that simply being a mommy blogger would help new mothers get through the stresses of, well — new motherhood!

One BYU (Brigham Young University) psychology student set out on a mission to see how mommy blogs impact women, and of course their moods, and the end result had some great findings!

He surveyed a group of 157 new mothers. 

Out of those 157, 111 mothers admitted that they read at least one blogs sometimes, and a whopping 96 of them actually started their own blogs to document their journey into parenting, which many of us have done.

While 157 new moms doesn’t sound like a huge number, in the blog community — it is a lot!

Out of the 96 moms who created their own blog, they found an almost across the board factor:

“The more they blogged, the better they felt,” he said. “I can’t say it’s causal in nature — there needs to be more research … but right now, the research suggests that the more they blog, the more it turns into feelings of greater social connection.”

And as a mommy blogger myself, even though I absolutely despise the term mommy blogger… it does ring true for most bloggers. I am sure we would all agree!

In regards to the study they interviewed Heather Armstrong, someone many credit with pioneering the mommy blog about the study findings:

“Blogging has sort of given us our village back,” she added. “When I had my first child, all of my friends with children were online and scattered around the country. Without them I would have been so desperately lonely and depressed.”

When I first started blogging, none of my friends had kids either. It seemed like I was the first out of my circle to take on parenting at the age of 22.

Within the next couple years, our circle is booming with babies and toddlers — and tons of my friends read my posts not only for information, but the comical aspects of motherhood I like to include.

How do you feel about the study and mommy blogs in general?

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