Mandy Moore Reflects on 'Strangely Isolating' Experience as a New Mom in Personal Conversation - E! Online

Mandy Moore Reflects on 'Strangely Isolating' Experience as a New Mom in Personal Conversation

7/29/2021 8:22:00 AM

Mandy Moore Reflects on 'Strangely Isolating' Experience as a New Mom in Personal Conversation

Five months after giving birth to her first baby, Mandy Moore is opening up about her postpartum journey. See what the This Is Us star said made her “reframe her expectations.”

The 37-year-old actress also noted that there was a shift in her mindset after giving birth, explaining, "It's having to reframe these expectations that you've had about what it's like to be a mom and what it's like to connect with people. The isolation is something that's really hit me that I wasn't necessarily expecting."

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Back when her son, Gus, was just around three months old, Mandy also shared that she "was hit with this wave of just not feeling good enough.""I think it coincided with the chaos and the energy of those early months and weeks starting to wane," she explained. "Our time with sort of extra support was coming to an end. It was really scary, and it makes me emotional to think about now. I still feel like I'm in it, but I'm finding my footing."

Mandy Moore/Instagram"I think as his needs really started to continue to change… I just felt this rush of like, ‘I'm not good enough for him,'" she continued. "I don't know how to be his mom. I know how to feed him, but beyond that, am I suited for this?' I just felt so ineffective, and I would look at my husband who just seemed to have a supernatural ability to take care of Gus. Like, he could make him smile. He could make him laugh. He would get on the floor and roll around with him. And I just felt like whatever I did it just wasn't right, and I couldn't get him to sleep, and it made me feel horrible." headtopics.com

As for how she is adjusting currently, although Mandy noted she is still "learning," she's finding solace in taking things one baby step at a time. Read more: E! News »

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