Study: Blogging Helps Reduce Stress For New Mothers
CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte) – A recent study finds that new moms who blog about their experiences are less stressed than ones who don’t.
The study — published in Maternal and Child Health Journal – surveyed more than 150 new moms and found that blogging helps the transition to motherhood.
“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,” Brandon T. McDaniel, graduate student in human development and family studies at Penn State and author of the study, said in the study, according to Newsroom America.
McDaniel and colleagues from Brigham Young University surveyed 157 new moms. In order to be considered for the survey, the women had to be a first-time parent with only one child under 18 months.
The study found that social networks such as Facebook didn’t impact new mothers well-being. Blogging, however, had a positive effect.
“We’re not saying that those who end up feeling more supported all of a sudden no longer have stresses, they’re still going to have those stressful moments you have as a parent,” McDaniel said in the study, according to Newsroom America.
The study found that 61 percent of the mothers surveyed wrote their own blogs and 76 percent read blogs. Eighty-nine percent of the mothers wrote to “document personal experiences or share them with others,” while 86 percent wanted to stay close with family and friends through the blog.
One of the blogs helping new moms, Top Mommy Blogs, is dedicated to the top mom blogs that have surfaced over the past couple of years. The blogs range from women talking about transitioning to motherhood to the day-to-day responsibilities of taking care of their kids and husbands.