My baby’s recent 2 month check up was less about her and more about me. She’s gaining weight, gaining chub, and healthy as can be.
Me, on the other hand… on appointment day I was in the throes of a nasty headache that I simply could not shake. I remembered getting it when baby #4 was a month or 2 old, also, so I tried not to “go there” thinking I was dying of a brain tumor or something (tell me I’m not the only one who does that). It would pound and I’d get dizzy whenever I had a change in position from sitting to standing, or lying down to sitting. It nearly made me nauseous at times.
It was awful, had been going on for a week or longer, and I was honestly a bit afraid to drive to the appointment that day.
I had them take my blood pressure, because I tend to run low. It was fine. My doc checked my throat and ears. Clear. He asked if I’d had any sinus issues. Just the normal fall allergies. Nothing severe. Nothing that got in my way.
He suggested Claritin.
I smiled and nodded, then ignored him, and promptly made an appointment with my chiropractor for later in the week. Call it mother’s intuition.
The headache continued, and my chiropractor had immediate answers for me. As she was adjusting me (and attempting to, because I was too tight in the shoulders/neck area) she declared my joints really dehydrated. “You’re not getting enough to drink.”
A nursing mama almost never gets enough to drink.
I’m also one of the fortunate mamas whose weight drops rapidly in the early weeks of breastfeeding. According to my chiropractor, too rapidly. She sent me home with a “prescription” for drinking as much water as I possibly can, eating good proteins and fats, asking for head/neck/shoulder massages from my husband , and sleep. Lots of sleep.
If you’ve been there or are walking this mama journey with me, you know it’s easier said than done to take care of mom. After three days of renewed efforts and lots of water, the headache was gone. I didn’t have a sinus problem or even a tumor. I’m just a tired nursing mama who gets stiff and sore looking down at her baby all the time and who doesn’t get enough to drink.
Mama friends, I know these early days and weeks are tough. Some days we’re in survival mode. Just today I posted on Facebook that I feel all I ever get done is making sure we have clean clothes to wear and good food to eat! I was reminded by the headache, though, that taking care of mom has to be a priority. Similar to the oxygen mask scenario on an airplane, you simply can’t take good care of everyone else if you yourself are not healthy.
Drink. Eat. Sleep. Your health is worth it!