Often we hear of preventative care like breast exams, pap smears, and seeing your primary care physician once a year. These are certainly important, but they actually aren't prevention. They're early detection. Prevention at Resilient Motherhood is broken down into 4 categories. These are not stand-alone. They each build upon each other, and changes within one category will affect other categories. 

Physical Health (how you feel physically)
  • Are you able to do the things you need to do? (daily self-care, household tasks, work tasks, taking care of kids)

  • Do you have the physical ability to do the things that you want to do?  (sports, exercise, recreational activities with friends or kids)

  • Do you have enough energy?

  • Can you relax at the end of the day?

  • Do you have frequent colds and illnesses?

  • Do you have trouble falling asleep?

  • Do you have frequent pain and soreness? 

  • Do you have pelvic floor problems like heaviness/feeling of falling out in your vagina or peeing/pooping your pants?

  • Do you feel weak or like something is off in your stomach?

Mental Health (how you feel mentally)
  • Is it difficult for you to fall or stay asleep?

  • Do you focus on just your failures and flaws? 

  • Are you experiencing self-doubt and insecurity?

  • Do you beat yourself up when you make the slightest mistake?

  • Are you worrying excessively?

Visceral Health (how well your organs are working)

This can be checked with bloodwork, but even when bloodwork does not show a problem there can still be a problem with your organs. Bloodwork does not show how hard the organs are working on getting your results to “in the normal range”

  • Do you have dull skin, acne, or eczema? Dull skin, acne, and eczema are a reflection of how well your organs are functioning. 

  • Is your pee dark yellow? This reflects your hydration status but can give you a picture of your organ health. 

  • Are you pooping well every day? Constipation and diarrhea can be signs that your organs aren’t working well. 

  • Do you have pain? Pain can come from muscles and joints, but it can also come from the organs. For example, left shoulder pain can be referred to the gallbladder.

  • Do you have mental health issues? Mental health problems are complex. Often part of the problem is the function of the organs or deficiencies. 

  • Social Health (how you feel socially)

  • Do you feel like you have people you can trust to talk to if you’re having a difficult time? 

  • Do you have friends or family to do fun things with?

  • Can you be truly vulnerable and honest with your friends?

If you answered yes to one of these, take time to explore our free resources to get you started in the right direction. https://www.resilientmotherhoodhealth.com/classesanddownloads 

If you answered yes to 3 or more, it’s time to take action. Our treatments and community services cover each of these aspects of health to help you be your healthiest self. Book a free consult to get started. https://www.resilientmotherhoodhealth.com/contact-resilient-motherhood-physical-therapy  

If you need more social support, sign up for one of our mom’s groups in Canonsburg, Greensburg, or Wexford. https://resilientmotherhood-classesandtraining.as.me/schedule.php

Reference:Sacred Rest. Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD. https://ichoosemybestlife.com/sacred-rest/