Yay, you made it! Either au natural or with some technological help, your dream of being a mama has come true. Maybe it was hard getting pregnant, maybe hard being pregnant, definitely hard going through the process of not being pregnant anymore, and now here's your reward! A baby!!
Oh wait, this stage of life is more challenging than you realized? So it goes :)
Us endo-warriors are all about fertility. Many of us do everything in our power to get that postive test, make it through the pregnancy in one piece, and then give birth in a way that we hope. But… not many of us think about what happens after baby is born. And boy oh boy, turns out there’s a lot to think about!
The first thing to consider is you. Truly, even though it seems like baby needs all the support first thing, s/he'll be absolutely fine as long as mom is rested, fed, and nurtured. Postpartum is truly a very fragile time. when your body's just gone through the gauntlet of birth, and you now need double the nutrients, and quadruple the support. As an endo-warrior, you'll have to be exceptionally careful too, since depletion during pregnancy and thereafter can potentially spiral you right back into endo-pain land, depression-land, and chronic-fatigue land, without you realizing it. And that's the last place we want to go.
Once mom's taken care of and feeling nourished and nurtured to the extreme, it's so important to focus on raising healthy kids in an age of, well... sadly an age of chronic disease. And coming from endometriosis, the last thing we want for our new cherubs is a battle like the one we have fought. What to do??
Luckily for us, epigenetics tells us that we aren’t born with chronic diseases written in our stars. Yes, you can be born with true mutations that plague some with genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia, but these are actually rare per capita. I’m talking about the current trend of skyrocketing chronic diseases like auto-immune disorders, cancers, and ahem, endometriosis. Nope, we’re not born with them - we’re born with the potential for them, which is a big difference. The factors that decide what’s going to turn these genes on or off is actually more in your control than you may realize. What kind of factors? Think diet, stress, sleep, activity (or lack thereof), and toxic exposure.
Why this is especially important to consider is because our generation is the first in a long time to witness the life expectancy in the Unites States begin to drop. Why? Preventable, chronic disease.
- Approximately 38.4% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes, which is nearly half!
- In 2017, an estimated 15,270 kids ages 0 to 19 were diagnosed with cancer … and 1,790 died of the disease.
- 1 in 3 people will have Type 2 diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue,
- The prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4% from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68).
- 1 in 5 children are currently obese
I swear, all these stats somehow become more substantial when you’re holding a little gurgling bundle of joy in your arms, and the reality of something happening to him is a thought heavier than I can bear. Yet, as someone having battled 2 chronic diseases, I understand the reality of just how easy that could happen in such a depleted and toxic world.
Which is why it's important to know that you can do real things to help prevent this all :) I swear, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s understanding the reality, doing the best to prevent the worst, and then allowing life to unfold as it will. You can’t stress yourself to death about it, but I do believe there are serious points to consider when raising children in this century.
Which is why I decided to create an entire zone on postpartum + raising healthy kids :) Not all the info below will vibe with everyone (since child rearing is about as personal as how your coffee preferences these days), but take what you will and leave the rest without any #momguilt whatsoever. Seriously, mom guilt kills, and we’re all about thriving here at Heal Endo :)