Four months after the birth of my first daughter, Charlee, I was diagnosed with postpartum…
Brittney King-Brock is a music executive & entrepreneur who has worked with some of the most high-level celebrity talent including Usher, Justin Bieber and Puff Daddy. She is devoted to helping overworked creatives and professionals slow down and make time to nurture their mind, body, and spirit so they can be well and thrive even within a demanding schedule.
She is also the host of the Women Like Me podcast, where she brings conversations with other women in the music and entertainment industry about wellness, self-care, and mindfulness to her listeners.
How postpartum are you?
I’m 21 months in the game! Can’t believe we’ve come this far!
How have you transformed since becoming a parent?
I’m a completely different person since becoming a mom. Having a child has made me reprioritize my entire life, learn how to embrace the ebbs & flows, and release the need to have it “all figured out.”
With the solo time you do get, what’s your favorite thing to do?
I have become much more intentional with taking time to pamper myself. Anytime I have solo time I am taking a bath, getting a massage, or giving myself a facial. I also enjoy working out & regularly taking a yoga class to relax my mind. And if I have lots of solo time, mama loves to SLEEP!!
If you could describe your postpartum experience in one word, what would it be and why?
My postpartum experience helped me to realize and activate my inner strength- as a woman, as a wife, as a mother, and as an executive. There is NOTHING that I can’t do after laboring for 36 hours to bring a human into this world.
It challenged me physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. It helped me to tap into a power much bigger than myself, and opened my heart to be able to love a human in ways I never imagined.
I’m a firm believer that when a child is born, so is the mother.
What’s something that caught you off guard during the first 3 months of parenthood?
I was surprised that teething happened so early. Our son cut his first tooth at 3 months.
I was also surprised at how tired both me and my husband were during the first 3 months. We didn’t have energy to cook or really do anything outside of taking care of the baby. I would highly suggest stocking up on Grubhub or Uber Eats gift cards from friends and family!
On a scale of 1-10, how supported did you feel as you navigated healing and learning how to take care of your baby? Why?
I would say a 7. Although we didn’t have much of our immediate family around, my husband was by my side every step of the way. I also joined an amazing mommy support group in LA called Babes in Arms. We had weekly in-person meetings which became an outlet for me to share my postpartum experience with other moms who were going through similar situations. Having a safe space to openly share and know that I was not alone was critical in my postpartum experience.
If you could dream up the ideal postpartum journey, what would it look like and feel like?
This is a tricky question for me to answer.
Yes, it would’ve been nice to have someone who prepared our meals each day, or a night nanny to take care of our son so that we could get a full night’s rest, but I honestly feel like those moments, although they were HARD AF, they made us who we are today.
I think an “ideal” postpartum journey is being surrounded by love and having the support to get you through the rough times. Making sure a mama doesn’t feel alone in the process, but also realizing that it is a season and this too shall pass.
What’s the #1 piece of advice you’d give a brand new parent?
Give yourself time to learn and embrace the new version of yourself.
When others offer to support you, take the help.