In honor of Mother's Day, we asked some Prana Mamas to define Motherhood. Here's what they had to say.
"Motherhood is an honor bestowed upon women. It means you will forever be connected to a child or children who will grow and learn with values and skills which you have helped create in them. Motherhood is a responsibility and a privilege. You will worry, love, care, make sacrifices, and do your best to help your children for the rest of time. Your heart grows even bigger when you become a mother. There is an indescribable bond between you and your child that you will always cherish. No matter how you became a mother, once you've become one, your life has changed forever." - Marissa H.
"Sacrifice. We sacrifice our time, our bodies, our personal wellness, our money, our relationships, etc. all in order to become and be mothers. Where is that demanded of anyone else in society?! It's in watching your children grow and thrive that makes all of those sacrifices worth it <3" - Sarah L.
"Motherhood has been my greatest blessing and my biggest challenge. I never in a million years thought I could love something as much as I love this tiny human! It's more work than I ever imagined and there are a ridiculous amount of sacrifices I make without hesitating. There are some days where it sucks your soul, and there are days where you let go of everything and dance in the sunset." - Marissa G.
"Motherhood is Divine. It is the most sacred task I was put on earth to do. It is unconditional love. It is constant growth, humility, introspection and grace. It is HARD! But it feels like the most natural thing in the world." - Sophia M.
"Motherhood is the chance to share in life's biggest expression of love with and through my daughter who is the brightest light in my life. Motherhood is the opportunity to witness my daughter be that light for everyone she interacts with. It's a divinely guided gift of unconditional love. Her name is Mia - "wished for child". Motherhood is the culmination of all things the most happy and the most difficult. Motherhood is a reflection of myself, who I was once was and who I strive to be - my "why". Motherhood is observing and celebrating all that my daughter is and who she is becoming. Motherhood is my most pure and infinite gift to the world." - Crystal
"Motherhood means patience and finding inner strength and love that are probably not accessible without the experience of motherhood." - Dr. Yael Markowicz
"Motherhood is so hard. There are a lot of silent tears, sacrifices, and guilt. It can be ruthless at times. It's also so magical. Motherhood gave me a reason to be a better human being and to let go of of a lot of the pain and hurt I'd been harboring since my childhood. My relationship with my biological mother leaves much to be desired and a lot of those feelings came up when I myself became a mother, but I'm appreciative of what my journey of motherhood has taught me about myself. I've stopped comparing myself to others, especially to those who were able to conceive easily, and have come to accept that my journey is still valid and beautiful." - Anonymous
A few years ago, I stopped making resolutions on January 1. It became overwhelming to come up with a list of things I was committing to “fixing” about myself starting on the first day of the year, when historical data showed that by the end of January I had given up on said list. Also, why does a new calendar automatically mean we need to come up with a “new” version of ourselves?
I began to gravitate towards the idea of setting an intention for myself instead of resolutions. By setting an intention, I was committing to purposefully incorporating the intention into all areas of my life as much as I possibly could. When I had set the intention to protect my peace, I constantly found myself asking if what I was doing, saying, feeling, or experiencing was in line with my intention, and I would try to react accordingly.
It’s no secret that this pandemic has taken an extremely heavy toll on women, especially working mothers. Burnout, emotional distress, and revenge bedtime procrastination are all too common. We cannot pour from an empty cup, which is why we need to prioritize ourselves and set the intention for self-care. Many people think self-care is just getting a mani/pedi or a massage. There is definitely a place for those in self-care, but it’s also so much more than that. Practicing self-care intentionally means incorporating it into your daily life. While I love a good hot stone massage, at this point in my life I am not in a position to schedule one every single day. However, it’s still important to prioritize some daily “me time” instead of impatiently counting the days until the stones are resting on my back.
Putting yourself first is hard work. I get it, we’re busy – we wear so many different hats and more often than not are unsung heroes, but the responsibility of recharging ourselves ultimately falls on us. Waiting for employers, partners, family members, or friends to prioritize our needs can often lead to miscommunication, resentment, and ultimately wasted time.
Now that the honeymoon phase of the “New Year, New Me” resolutions have most likely subsided, this is as good a time as any to set the intention for self-care. Not sure where to start? Below is a list of 50 self-care ideas you can try. Make this list your own! Some ideas might resonate with you more than others, and you might even decide to create some type of routine (#mondaymeditation). The important thing to remember is that you owe it to yourself to prioritize yourself, even if just for a few moments, each and every day.
I'd love to hear about your journey with self-care! Comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most children learn to walk between 12-15 months of age with their feet flat on the ground. Some children who are first learning to walk may walk up on their toes or on the balls of their feet. This typically disappears within 3-6 months of regular walking. Habitual toe walking occurs with children who continue to toe walk beyond the toddler years (after age 2). By age 3, there should not be any residual toe walking. Some parents think it is “cute,” but if it persists, it needs to be watched and addressed. Left untreated, children can end up with tight leg muscles, balance and coordination difficulties and walking problems. Early treatment by a Pediatric Physical Therapist can reduce and prevent toe walking.
The inaugural Prana Prenatal & Newborn Expo is coming soon on Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Prana Prenatal Yoga has brought together 21 of the best local businesses that cater to pregnant and postpartum families as well as top experts in the fields for breakout presentation sessions.
The best thing of all, due to generous support, admission to the Expo is free of charge!
And, the goods don’t end there. Every attendee will receive an Expo bag containing samples, coupons, and freebies. In addition, all registrants will be entered into a raffle where they could win:
Prana Mama Alexis Concetta Montalvo shares her experience of giving birth during a pandemic.
Birth can be empowering even in the middle of a crisis. We are amazing beings. We are resilient and we are strong. Sometimes, we don't meet our strength until we need it most. Our mind is powerful. It can build us up just as easily as it can break us down.
Through HypnoBirthing, I was able to train my mind to remain calm far beyond what I thought I could handle. That is just the thing. We don't know what we can withstand until we are faced with no other choice. Sure, I could've broken down the moment my husband was separated from me. Or when I was left waiting by myself with my surges intensifying before my labor was even confirmed. Or at any given moment during my birth. Even after, when they took my brand new baby away from me because my results were still "pending".
Thinking about having another baby after a Postpartum Mood Disorder? Here are 5 things to remember when you think about trying again.
Written by Dr. Kira Bartlett, Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in Perinatal Mental Health and Dee's List Member.
We know the risk of experiencing another episode of Postpartum Depression or Anxiety is higher for those of us who have experienced it before. However, knowing, planning, and taking action proactively can be useful in mitigating the risk. Many women we work with struggle with the question posed in the title, and many have had success as they have used some of the tips and strategies below.
Reclaiming self and maintaining peace for new mamas
A Q&A with Laura Kline-Taylor, Life & Leadership Coach
Mama Q: What are the biggest challenges going back to work as a new mom?
LKT says: I'll preface my response by saying, it won't be the same for every new mom, but most women find that their experience of themselves as new mothers is different than they thought it'd be - so it can be challenging to return to work after a period of little to no communication with colleagues when the mother knows the changes she's experienced are way more than adding a small human to her family. It's easy (and common) for people in our lives to be distracted by the super cute baby now in tow and completely disregard the internal shifts a woman is going through. Who a woman knows herself to be and how she identifies with her goals and her relationships is often completely transformed on the other side of giving birth and spending time on maternity leave. Some of the most prepared pregnant mamas are often surprised that what they thought new parenthood would be is not what they are faced with. She can find herself asking questions such as, "why didn't anyone prepare me for..."
Dear Ready to Serve,
There are different ways of inducing labor, and the method chosen can vary based on the situation. Induction is being used more and more to prevent complications from being post-dates. Be sure you know the reason for the induction and have gotten all your questions answered before consenting to the procedure.
At Home Methods
If there is time, non-medical methods can be tried first. Increasing activity, such as taking long walks, can help. If there is a willing male partner, sexual intercourse can be effective because semen is packed with the hormone prostaglandin. Orgasms include uterine contractions, which don’t lead to labor if the body isn’t ready but they might help labor to get going at term, and are a fun way to try in any case!
I am planning for a vaginal birth though my doctor told me a cesarean could be a possible outcome. What would cause me to have a cesarean? And what should I expect during the process?
Due Any Day Now
Dear Any Day Now,
Unplanned cesareans happen for several reasons:
Unless it’s an emergency, you should be informed all along the way of the issue at hand and the steps being taken to correct it.
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