Last Saturday, I attended Mother.ly’s “Tips by Trimester” Pregnancy event. In addition to checking out the latest baby gear (including this awesome new compact stroller), trying delicious lactation smoothies from Majka, and mingling with other moms, we got to hear several different panels on topics close to pregnancy and motherhood.
Almost all of the panelists came back to the same two points I think apply to all stages of motherhood
Recognize and own your truth.
Ask for help.
I was struck by these themes, and how much they really apply to all of our motherhood journeys.
“Own your truth” sounds hokey, but really the message is to know what’s important to you and stand in it. Passionate about breastfeeding? Find providers who support your goals. Do you know ahead of time you want an epidural? Make that clear to your OB and don’t allow anyone in your life to make you feel uncertain about your choice.
As moms it is natural to want to do it all - and to feel like we “should”. However, we have probably all learned at some point that asking for help is highly necessary. This can come in any form. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in ways that might seem trivial - someone else walking the dog, cleaning the bathroom, or throwing in the laundry can make a huge difference in your day. Help can come from family, friends, or professionals like a nanny or house cleaner. However you need it, ask!
We can’t do this alone ladies!
Jessica Crystal is an RN, BSN with a degree from the University of Delaware, a holistic health coach certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a mom to a busy toddler, Emma. She enjoys yoga, reading, and shopping and eating on Washington Street. She has lived in Hoboken for over six years with her husband Adam. Jessica runs Little Hoboken Health and Wellness and you can see her on Instastories every Wednesday for Wellness Wednesdays (@littlehoboken).