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Are you navigating the rollercoaster of matrescence and feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone! Dive into today’s conversation with Dr. Nikki Pensack, author of “Rattled,” where we peel back the layers of becoming a new parent, discussing why this transformation is a normative trauma, regardless of your background or education.

You’ll discover how your brain’s incredible ability for self-directed neuroplasticity during motherhood can be your ally in achieving post-traumatic growth. Plus, you’ll learn to embrace the ‘mommy brain’ as a badge of honor, showcasing your newfound emotional intelligence and multitasking prowess. This episode is a treasure trove of insights that will empower you to own your journey through parenthood with confidence.

Join us as we normalize the struggles, celebrate the strengths, and provide practical tips for thriving during one of life’s most intense transitions. Tune in now and become part of a community that understands the unique challenges and joys of post-traumatic parenting. Your adventure through matrescence awaits!


More about Dr. Nicole Pensak:

Dr. Nicole Amoyal Pensak is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New Jersey and New York with specialized training in postpartum mental health. She’s the author of RATTLED, How to Calm New Mom Anxiety with the Power of the Postpartum Brain published by Countryman Press, Norton. Chatter for new mothers, this reassuring and practical handbook helps women navigate the seismic changes―in identity and emotion―that motherhood brings. She specializes in treating adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, OCD, and postpartum mental health disorders, and she provides evidence-based treatment.


Topics covered on Matrescence:

  1. What is matrescence?
  2. How can the intense challenges of new motherhood lead to personal growth and transformation?
  3. Why is no one immune to the struggles of matrescence?
  4. Insights from Dr. Nikki Pensack’s book “Rattled” for mothers navigating the tumultuous period of matrescence.
  5. How can the skills honed during matrescence be valuable assets in the professional world?
  6. Why is it important to normalize the difficulties of motherhood instead of perpetuating the myth of perfection?
  7. Reframing the concept of “mommy brain” from a negative stereotype to a recognition of a mother’s cognitive strengths.
  8. What strategies can mothers use to navigate the return to work after maternity leave with confidence and strength?


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More about Post Traumatic Parenting:

“How can I give my kids a normal childhood, when mine was anything but?” Post-Traumatic Parenting is the podcast for anyone who has ever asked themselves that question. Robyn Koslowitz, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and Post-Traumatic Parent, combines the fields of post-traumatic recovery and growth with our best understanding of how to raise Little Humans. Through interviews with experts in the fields of behavior science, psychology, trauma, and child development, as well as interviews with toy developers, children’s book authors, and anyone else who makes childhood a delight, Dr. Koslowitz explores how trauma impacts our parenting, and how to hack our traumas into superpowers and super-parenting.

Each week, Dr. Koslowitz unpacks how to survive and thrive as a Post-Traumatic Parent. She shares behind-the-scenes insights into the research that underlies what we know about parenting, child development, and trauma recovery. Each podcast provides actionable tips about how to transform our Post-Traumatic Parenting and how to turn our parenting journey into a post-traumatic growth experience. Dr. Koslowitz interviews some of the famous names in these fields, and some experts you’ve never heard of (but should have!). Ready to go from survivor to thriver? Ready to become the parent you’ve always dreamed of being? Join us!