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Study Suggest Blogging Reduces Stress For New Moms

By emily |

I remember the day I stumbled upon my first “mommy” blog. It was early 2005, and I specifically remember typing “mommy blog” into the search bar located in the corner of my computer screen.

I came across a women named Cecilia, living in the pacific northwest with her husband and two children.

Within the week, I started my own blog. That was seven years ago, and I haven’t looked back. Blogging has definitely helped me through my darkest parenting days.

A Brigham Young University study that will appear in an upcoming edition of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, suggests that blogging has a positive emotional impact on first time mothers with one child under the age of 18 months.

The study tracked the social media activity of 157 new moms, to determine how time spent on the Internet correlated with overall well-being.

“It looks like blogging might be helping these women as they transition into motherhood because they may begin to feel more connected to their extended family and friends, which leads them to feel more supported,” said Brandon T. McDaniel, graduate student in human development and family studies at Penn State. “That potentially is going to spill out into other aspects of their well being, including their marital relationship with their partner, the ways that they’re feeling about their parenting stress, and eventually into their levels of depression.”

Sigh, I love blogging. And I couldn’t agree more with the finding in this study.

I mean, I still have days when I’m completely stressed out. And moments I feel I’m doing everything wrong, especially when it comes to parenting. But on the flip side, I’ve found immense support in the “mommy blogging” community, reading about other parents struggles and experiences.

Do you blog? If so, leave your blog address in the comments, so we can be friends!

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Emily Elling is a corporate interior designer and freelance writer. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four unintentionally hilarious children. Emily also blogs at her personal blog, DesignHER Momma. Read bio and latest posts → Read emily's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Study Suggest Blogging Reduces Stress For New Moms

  1. Emily @ Peck Life says:

    Emily! hiiii! I’m Emily too. :) I LOVE THIS! I started blogging in 2008 but then really kicked it into high gear in early 2010 after I had my son. Now, I can’t imagine life without it. It’s been the best thing for me. My blog is http://www.pecklife.com…heading over to check out your blog now!

  2. Tracy @ The UnCoordinated Mommy says:

    I couldn’t agree more!!! I started blogging during my first pregnancy and it was immensely helpful to know that others out there were going through the same things I was. Also, writing is so therapeutic!!!

    http://Www.theuncoordinatedmommy.com

  3. thenaptownorganizer says:

    I completely agree! I only started blogging this year, but it has been such a wonderful outlet for me!
    http://thenaptownorganizer.blogspot.com

  4. I’ve been a single mom since my daughter was only a couple of weeks old. I started blogging back in October for exactly the reasons listed here. I know some people are insulted by the term mommy blogger, but I’m proud of it! I’ve met such strong, amazing people online and these friends challenge and entertain me daily. My blog is Mommymasala.com and it’s both my creative outlet and my therapy. :-)

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