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Study Suggest Blogging Reduces Stress For New Moms

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!

Read more from Emily on her blog, DesignHER Momma. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter , and Pinterest.

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