My friend Bianca* had her first child, a beautiful baby boy, 10 months ago. While pregnant she suffered from gestational diabetes. For those of you that aren’t aware, mamas with gestational diabetes usually have to follow a very strict diet throughout the remainder of their pregnancy. For Bianca, a very meticulous ‘type A’ kind of lady, having a strict guideline to follow made dealing with gestational diabetes “simple.”
(Side note here… I’m putting simple in quotes not because being pregnant and having diabetes is simple, but instead because for an uber organized type A gal, having a strict regimen took out all the guess work. She could follow directions to a T, and did, because following direct orders is something that comes easily to her. Capeesh?)
Ok, side note over.
So my friend was diagnosed and given strict orders to take care of herself to the letter in order to make sure her son would be born healthy, and she followed those orders exactly. It wasn’t a question as to whether or not she would do it. Her child’s life and health were on the line – she would have done anything if the doctor had said it would increase her chances of delivering a healthy baby. We all would. That’s what mothers do. But you know what else mothers do? Mothers sacrifice of themselves.
We usually think of sacrifices mother’s make along the lines of budgets, time and their physical looks, but all too often the sacrifices women make for their families are actually at the risk of their own health.
Not sure what I mean? Give these questions a try…
- When is the last time you planned your family’s schedule around your sleep schedule?
- When was the last time you made sure you had enough water, exercise and vitamins all on the same day?
- When is the last time you took a “mental health” break?
For many of us, it’s been way too long since we’ve done these things and more. Just making sure we take our vitamins daily can seem like a major feat sometimes!
But just like when we keep our schedule’s too busy and teach our youngsters to be dependent on the same kind of hectic life, what are we teaching our young people when we don’t model good health choices?
Ready for a scary thought?
Every day that we don’t take care of our health, we could be shortening our life span – we’re shortening the amount of time we get to enjoy the gift of being mommies.
That breaks my heart. I want to be a mommy forever. I love being a mom. It’s the best accomplishment of my life and I have no interest in jeopardizing that. How about you?
That’s why we need to come together as a tribe of women and say ‘enough is enough.’ Our health is too important to ignore!
Let’s start acting like pregnant Bianca. Let’s start eating better, exercising more, taking our vitamins, getting enough rest & taking time to relax. If not for yourself, then for your children. Let’s take care of ourselves like our children’s life depends on it – because quite frankly, it does. Without their mom, life would never be as good as it would be if we were there.
It was easy to take care of our body when it had a little one inside – so let’s use that as motivation. Starting today… we act like we’re pregnant all the time.
Ready to start acting pregnant along with me & my friend Bianca? Check out this daily checklist printable just for you!
Note: * Name changed for her privacy