I remember the days that I didn’t have kids – I never fully understood why moms were always so stressed out. Actually, let me correct that: I never understood why parents were always so stressed out. Didn’t they just do a bunch of fun things with their kids? Pumpkin patches, movie nights, cute little meals, and more? While yes, having kids is a blast and parents do get to do a bunch of fun things with them, it is still extremely stressful and parents in general (mom’s especially) take on so many nerve-wracking responsibilities that I never fully understood before becoming a mom myself.
If you are in the same boat as I was and didn’t realize that becoming a parent is a great, but nerve-wracking experience (for at the minimum 18 years), then let me educate you! Here are just a few responsibilities that mothers have to take on once having a child:
All throughout pregnancy, your body is constantly changing and you have to learn how to accept and thrive in your *new* body. This is hard enough, especially with all of the added hormones that you are dealing with throughout your entire pregnancy. But, it is nothing compared to right after having a baby. Your body doesn’t just go back to normal after having a baby. In fact, it usually looks the same, if not more bloated the first few days after having your child, which most do not expect. All of your hormones are running wild and most first-time moms have no idea how to deal with it. Unfortunately, a good portion of the time, this leads to postpartum depression and a lot of the time, it does not get diagnosed or treated. Thankfully, now postpartum depression is getting talked about more and more, so we are on our way to recognizing it!
There is no way to break this down: caring for another life, especially a newborn life, is very nerve-wracking. They are so tiny and helpless and as a mom, you feel like you are supposed to know what to do. Please don’t worry if you are clueless – most first-time moms are clueless and that is okay! Lean on the people there for you to figure it out. These people are your doctor, your pediatrician, the hospital staff, your family and friends, and more. Raising kids really does take a village.
Financial responsibility is a huge nerve-wracking responsibility that parents take on from the minute they find out they are pregnant. Of course, you want to have a stable, thriving household that allows you to give it all (and more) to your kids. Sometimes this is easier said than done. If you are struggling significantly and just need a little something extra to get by this month, you may want to check out local Atlanta company, Chapes-JPL.
They are there to provide low-interest collateral loans. I always recommend low-interest loans over credit cards because most cards have an extremely high-interest rate, which can hurt you more in the long run. Chapes-JPL is looking out for you by providing low-interest loans on your collateral. So, if you have an extra luxury handbag, car, or some jewelry laying around, you could use it to help you get by for a little while. Chapes-JPL was established in 1980 as an alternative to banks and traditional pawnbrokers. Although located in Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, they serve over 18,000 customers nationwide. Chapes-JPL conducts their business by appointment only in private upscale offices. Their waiting rooms contain plush leather sofas, fine furnishings, and artwork. Reminiscent of an attorney, CPA or doctor’s office, they provide their clients with a safe, comfortable, and most importantly, discreet environment. Visit Chapes-JPL in person or online to discover how simple, safe, and satisfying your borrowing experience can be.
Eating + Preparing Nutritious Meals
Gone are the days where you could leave your fridge empty and just go out all the time. Now, you have to think about your children eating frequent nutritious meals so that they can grow strong and healthy bodies. This is extremely stressful since you are also multi-tasking just about everything else in your life, as well. You’ve got this, mama!
Now that you are a mom, you not only have your own health to take care of, but you have the health of your family (and anyone that interacts with you + your kids) to worry about, as well. Wellness Mama says, “You don’t need a wave vibration plate, a float tank or an infrared sauna to be healthy. People have managed to achieve good health throughout history without any fancy contraptions or expensive supplements (though arguably, they also faced less stress, pollution, and processed food than we do today).
In fact, if we just turn back to some of the basics that our grandparents instinctively knew, finding balance in health and wellness might not be as complicated as it seems.
Don’t get me wrong, there are several parts of my daily routine that do rely on supplements or health-boosting devices of some sort, but I also firmly believe that none of these things will be very effective without these foundational aspects of health (that don’t cost a thing!)
Even if you have absolutely no room in the budget for healthier food, supplements or things like salt lamps, I recommend prioritizing these seven free things to support your family’s health naturally!
It is often assumed that it takes a major lifestyle change to see a noticeable difference in health and wellness. While a major change is often the best way to see improved health quickly, there are some minor and unusual health changes that can make a big impact! Even better, most of them are free or very inexpensive!” She has some hilarious and great tips on there!