Whew! After several weeks of fighting with poor phone service and 10 million failed attempts, I finally got this video to upload properly 😬.
Here is part three of our video series on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery with chronic pain!
What helped you through the postpartum period?
Part three in our video series on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery is coming as soon as my phone decides it has enough service to upload it 😬. In the meantime, here’s a brief life update!
How are you today, friend?
Hey there, friends!
I hope life is treating you well. Here is part two of the pregnancy and childbirth with chronic pain series. Please comment with any questions or your personal experiences! Also, if you like the content you’re receiving, I would be grateful for any likes and shares 🙂
Is childbirth a consideration for you in your chronic pain journey?
Here is the first video of our the pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum series. Comment below with any thoughts or questions!
What has your experience with pregnancy and chronic pain been?
I’m still here! I know a lot of life has happened for us since my last post (like a baby)! How is everyone doing? Check out the video to learn more about my plans for some upcoming videos.
Also, y’all… the amount of technological struggle it’s taken to get this video up is ridiculous. I’m not sure who on earth gave a majorly sleep deprived momma (who didn’t write down ANY login information) free reign to create YouTube and blog accounts, but it was a terrible life decision 😂😂😂.
Dishes are a huge time and energy sucker for me. True for anyone, but especially true for anyone with chronic illness, we only have a limited amount of energy each day. I don’t know about you, but dishes are not where I want to spend that time and energy :).
Check out the video below! It’s short, I promise ;).
Are dishes an energy sucker for you?
Sorry it’s been so long, friends! Check out this video for a brief update and what direction we’ll be going next.
Potlucks, fellowship meals, dinners, parties, showers, game/movie nights… Until I had food allergies and other dietary restrictions to help manage chronic pain, I never realized how much social events always seem revolve around one thing in particular, FOOD!
I know at least for me, it’s very tempting and a lot simpler to just avoid events like that because of the hassle of figuring it out. But (as J likes to point out to me, trying to be all reasonable and well balanced, psh…)! We need to have some social interaction and a sense of normalcy to survive and thrive with chronic pain, even if we have to be a little unorthodox in how we do that.
Below are a few options and tips to consider to help you still partake in different social events:
- Pack your own food. I do this a LOT, even when going to fast food restaurants, so I know I’ll always have something on hand that I know I can eat.
- Look up the menu before to find something you can eat while selecting a restaurant to go to with friends. Most chain restaurants have their menus online and many have allergen menus you can look at.
- Eat prior to the event or leave snacks in the car. Can’t pack food without it being totally weird (like a wedding reception)? Simply eat before the event or bring snacks with you. Bringing snacks also gives you a good excuse to take a break from the noise and stimulation to step outside or into an empty room to eat and recharge for a moment.
- Prepare something you can eat to contribute to potluck. PRO TIP: Worried the one food you can eat will be all gone by the time you go through the line? Write on a card next to the dish that the food is X,Y,Z free and it will scare most people into leaving it alone, even if that dish doesn’t normally have those items in it ;p.
I can hear a lot of the arguments against these tips (I’m going to be too tired, that’s way too much work, people are going to think I’m a fruit loop – What if they ask me about it???, etc.) because I make these. While you do need to listen to what your body needs for rest, don’t allow yourself to just make excuses. Social involvement is so, so, SO important for mental and emotional health (yes, even for us introverts), and it’s something that we need to be intentional about to make it happen.
Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s awkward, but yes, it’s worth it.
Is anyone else a member of the tupperware-toting club? Anything else to add to the list?
This is your reminder to get some fresh air today, whether you’re able to go on a walk or run, sit on a porch swing, or simply open a window. I’ve been at all of those points and ALL are worthwhile.
Today, I was blessed to be able to go on a walk/run. It was slow and ugly, I’m hurting more today, and the tiny human is a grumblepuss, but it happened (albeit, very grudgingly at first). I got to feel my blood pumping, smell the rain moving in and the fresh cut hay by our house, and hear the wind moving through the grass. Life may not be pretty, but the little things are remarkable. Getting fresh air helps me to remember that. It’s sure beautiful to me.
How are you getting fresh air today?
The cliff notes:
- Pray. Seriously. Even (a.k.a. especially) when you don’t feel like it.
- Prepare. Bring notes of any comments, patterns, medications, and questions so you don’t have to recall on the fly.
- Dress comfortably. Think soft, cozy, and safe. Bonus points if it’s something you think looks nice.
- Listen to relaxing or encouraging music, if tolerated. 30 second dance party, anyone (literally or figuratively)?
- Talk. Call up, text, or shoot a Facebook message to a family member, significant other, or a friend.
For the full take on each of these tips, check out the video below! Have you tried any of the tips? Are there any that you would add to the list?