Over the summer, I gave birth to my fourth child. As a healthcare professional, I’m fortunate to have easy access to care almost all the time. However, this doesn’t make childbirth any less intense. I had a great team that worked with me every step of the way by helping me feel empowered. This experience has me thinking about my life and motherhood a lot. From my perspective, having children is one of the great joys of life, but it can be scary and come with many sleepless nights. Even with all the challenges it brings, it’s worth it in the end.
I know many expecting mothers out there are going through the not-so-fun phases of pregnancy. The sore back, the kicking, and nausea can be a tough, debilitating time. As a provider and a mother that has gone through this several times, I would like to offer some advice. Every child is different. Things that work for one child might not work for the other. You will know your child best, but you need the help of others to get to that magical day of birth. You’ll also need a support system before and after the baby finally arrives. Even the best moms need help, don’t be afraid to ask.
Secondly, get up and move! Whatever kind of exercise you can do, do it! It will give you strength and energy. It’s also a good habit to continue after the baby is born. It’s good for you and sets an example for your son or daughter as they get older.
My last bit of advice is to rest when you need to. Pregnancy is emotionally and physically strenuous, so listen to your body and get a full night’s rest. I know cutting down on late-night TV can be challenging, but it will make pregnancy much easier.
Remember to build your support system, sleep and get moving! Also, motherhood is much easier with a care team in your corner, so check in often.