Motivational Monday: Your Well Being Is Priority.

Hello everyone, and happy Monday to you! I had the privilege of attending a training today that addressed pregnant and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. It was a real look on the signs and descriptions of what women go through during and after pregnancy, and how these disorders affect the whole family. Although I have attended trainings touching on this subject, this training stuck with me because the topics discussed were on a more detailed level. We were equipped with the knowledge of what to do if one of our clients, family members, friends, and even ourselves ever encountered any of these feelings.

Mood and anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy is a very sensitive subject around the world, and sadly most women don’t speak up. Too often pregnancy is always said to be a joyous experience in women’s life, and though I believe all children are a blessing, that is not the case for a lot of women. They deal with depression, anxiety, OCD, postpartum stress disorder, and in the worst case scenario some women experience psychosis, where they have harmed themselves or their babies.

Mental health goes unaddressed in many communities, and far too often getting the appropriate help comes off as a sign of weakness. In some cultures they are quick to label you “crazy”, but I am here to say it is ok. It is normal for a woman to feel the “baby blues” up to 2 weeks after pregnancy. The problem occurs when it last longer than that. Postpartum depression may range from birth all the way until babies reach 12 months of age.  I even argue that it can last longer.

The important thing for women to realize is that your well being is your priority. You are not crazy. You are not a bad mom. You are ok. The key to getting the help you need is speaking up. Don’t sit alone with these feelings. Express yourself to your spouse, family member, friend, doctor, or someone you can trust. This issue has gone on long enough without real recognition. Let’s get behind our mother’s and support them in anyway we can. A healthy mom means a healthy baby. They deserve the best chance to thrive.

I hope this helps someone. For more information you can log onto http://www.postpartum.net. If you are pregnant or just had your baby and are feeling any emotions that you are unsure about contact the Postpartum Support International Helpline: 1-800-944-4773.

Be well you guys.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

-Dominique

 

 

Fit Friday: Once I get started…

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Hello fellow bloggers and readers. Happy Fit Friday! I’m not able to work out just yet, but I do have a plan in mind, and once I get started… well who knows what will happen. This quote says it all. I have goals that I want to reach, and I am setting out to make them come true. First stop will be getting this post-baby body back in shape, finishing my book titled Simple Health, and developing a fitness and food journal right here on wellandfitcoaching.com. Anyone who wants to join me will be welcome to do so. I am excited to get started and I hope you are too! I’ll let you know when it is “GO” time. With that said, I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday! Get out there and move, and remember you made it through the work week. Enjoy your weekend!

Live. Love. Well & Fit.

No longer pregnant: Living Well & Fit

Aug 1st

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great day. Many things have been happening, including me having a newborn! I would be lying if I said my labor and delivery wasn’t difficult. I was in labor for 10 hours when my husband and I had to make the decision for me to ultimately have a C-section. My son was born weighing 9lbs and 1.3oz. I am so glad that he is here, and he is such a blessing to my family. Even though I had a painful and somewhat difficult labor, I would not change it for anything. I learned a lot of things about myself (how much pain I can endure in particular). My faith in God and my love for my son is what got me through (not to mention I had a great support team by my side). I’m overjoyed that it happened, but I am happy that it is over. I learned that being “Well & Fit” is not just a temporary thing for me, it is a way of life. Now that I am no longer pregnant it is something I can really put into play, but I am also guilty of not practicing it enough while I was pregnant. Granted I had a lot of aches and pains in my last trimester, but looking back, I can truly see what I could have done different.

As I continue to heal from the birth of my son, I want to look to the future the “Well & Fit” way. It’s time to become stronger, mentally, physically, and spiritually. This event has made me feel so many emotions. I have been happy, sad, angry, irritated, etc… but it is just another hurdle to overcome, and I will overcome. I will be stronger. I will be WELL & FIT.

Be blessed.

Live. Love. Well & Fit.