If you don’t push yourself hard, then no one will. You want to be the best for your baby but sometimes it is hard when there is so much on your plate. Start slow. Postpartum is a hard time not just for the mother but for the family as a whole. It is a time to adapt to new changes and welcome the new addition to the family. Most women suffer from postpartum depression due to so many changes and a great support is always important. Many people always asked me did you have postpartum depression? I always answered jokingly “no I just didn’t have time for it.” I was thrown back into school with exams and treating patients in clinic, running around trying to balance everything with breastfeeding. Looking back I honestly don’t know how I did it, it makes me exhausted to think about it. I wouldn’t change it though.
Now that I have time to reflect as my exams come to an end and graduation is just around the corner, I can focus on myself more. That is the important part. To be a better wife, to be a better mom you have to take care of yourself first. I know I let myself go. I just didn’t have time for myself. You have to make time. No matter how busy you are you have to. I am definitely not a morning person. It’s hard for me to get up at 5 am to exercise but that is one of my long goals. So instead I have to find time either during the day or at night time. Trust me no one wants to exercise after a long twelve hour day treating patients and a two hour drive back home. You make room and you fit it in. Diet and making the right choices during meal times are so important. You can exercise like crazy but if your diet isn’t good, you’re not getting anywhere. Find things that will motivate you and conquer your goals. It’s definitely a hard journey but you have to get there for yourself and your family. Just think of all the diseases out there today and how heart disease is the number one leading killer in the United States followed by cancer. Think about what’s in your food and how it can affect you in the long run. Find your motivation. My son motivates me to get up and go. Taking him to the playground is always a workout. He loves to climb but he’s still little so of course I have to climb with him. I’m excited for this new journey and to see where it brings me.