I’m 37 years old and have recently began to notice that I just don’t work the way I used to. Actually, my fourth pregnancy (she was born when I was 35) taught me this all to well. Even though I was spared of morning sickness (which I had horribly with my 3rd child), I was sick in so many other ways. By the end of the pregnancy I could barely move around, and I worked (albeit part-time) until 2 days before she was born. I had trouble with my heart rate and was hospitalized at one point because of it. I failed my first gestational diabetes screening test for the very first time (passed the second thankfully) and retained water like crazy.
And I felt a lot better after her birth, but the interceding months have just added aches and pains where I didn’t used to have them.
I don’t find my bed comfortable at all and have trouble walking (I mean seriously? LOL!) when I first get out of bed because my back is all jacked up. When I sit on the floor with the little one, I actually have trouble getting up. I twisted my ankle several years ago leaving a Kansas City Royals game — it still bothers me.
It’s distressing to realize that I’m just not as young as I used to be and I have to work harder to not feel terrible all the time. I am hoping to instill in my children to start off better and not live a life dedicated to junk food which I am trying to break free of at the moment. I really think my diet has dealt my health a terrible blow. I am almost grateful that I am having problems so I can change my eating habits now instead of eating like this for another 30+ years.
I’ve always thought I wasn’t doing too bad. I have only had a weight problem once and that was before I got pregnant with my last baby. Fortunately it hasn’t returned and now I doubt it will, especially if I keep up the good work. I’m a little bummed it took me this long and at this cost to turn my eating habits towards the better, but better late than never, right?
About Monica: Monica has been writing professionally since 2000 and has two published books — Teach Your Baby to Sign and Baby Talk. Her writing appears in a number of websites. The mother of four children, Monica is a cloth diaper and natural parenting enthusiast. She also sews custom fleece soakers, shorties, skirties and longies at Mama Bird.