Feeling Burnt Out?
A few months ago, I became completely consumed with growing my business, Lavender Meadows, and being a full time mom.
I was working on several new projects like the Postpartum Care Package, business sales were steadily increasing, and I was adjusting to being at home with my son all day. Meanwhile my husband was immersed in his new doctorate program.
Life was crazy. I worked non stop. I didn’t give my body the nutrition it needed, I wasn’t getting enough sleep.
I often felt a lot of anxiety and stress. I also wasn’t getting the physical exercise my body needed.
Have you ever been there?
I decided that something needed to change and I kept looking for a quick fix. I thought of possible solutions like a new piece of technology for my business, hiring a sitter, signing up for a meal delivery service, or maybe even a house cleaner.
Then a miracle happened!
One day I ran across the profile of an old friend who is now a health coach. I partnered her to do a segment on nutrition and skin health. We also talked about the importance of non-toxic skincare ingredients.
After learning about her program, I decided to sign up because it offered two solutions to problems I was facing. It was a way to get some exercise and improve my nutritional habits.
I didn’t realize that those would be the two components that would solve everything else in my life.
Once I started giving my body the care it needed to function I had more energy, my motivational drive increased, and I was more content in my role as a mother.
I thought of new ways to increase efficiency in my motherhood skincare business and I had more energy to care for my son.
Exercise and eating healthy have become non negotiable in my life. I often catch myself wanting to work through lunchtime by grabbing a processed snack or skipping a workout.
I always remind myself that the dream is not worth living if I’m not living. When my body is strong I feel invincible and free.
For those of you have already figured this out, keep rockin it! But for those of you who may have lost track of what is important, here is your reminder... you are the most important thing. It's not selfish, self care is vital.
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!