But yes, best to get her nice and sterile again ASAP lest we get ourselves into this situation again.I have a theory that part of the reason maternal healthcare is so bad in our culture has to do with the expectation that a woman will maybe undergo pregnancy two or three times in, say, a decade-long period and then be done with the whole thing, so why put many resources into supporting and researching best practices and good postpartum care?Why put time into studying the natural effects of hormones if a woman is just expected to go back to repressing them?Why encourage women to have healthy, fit, functional pregnancies if it doesn't matter if they blow it since it's "only" nine months, maybe eighteen if they go for a second kid?By a PA who winked and me and offered to write me a prescription to that end.Now I don't know anyone who doesn't hanker for a prescription to get thee to a wine bar, but for a 35-year-old college educated woman with 5 kids and a busy life, it's a little frustrating to be patronized thusly. So is it, I imagine, a lot of work to command an aircraft carrier or lead a medical research team or litigate a corporate fraud case.
Help me to honor these truths and you'll be practicing real medicine.“They always had some ‘what if’ story made up for when I wanted to do things.Now that I am older I have no idea how to do anything and have to ask for help to learn the simplest things.” Another person said that she’d developed anxiety because her mother was so anxious about her doing anything: “She has unintentionally made me afraid of everything and everyone as well.Q: Have you had a great experience with a health care professional who made you feel seen and heard?Have you taken a moment to thank that person, give a referral to a friend, or write a positive review for their practice?(I’m pretty sure whoever coined the term “eating for two” was not planning on a woman doing so four or five or nine times, thereby annihilating her metabolism).On the other side of the coin, why strive to help women to recover their fitness and ideal physical and emotional health if we’re conditioned to think that being overweight, overtired, and overwhelmed is simply par for the course of motherhood?I’ve improved over the years but my anxiety is still present.” Most people believe it’s about balance - you need to look after your child whilst also giving them freedom and independence.“Giving a kid freedom as a teenager is key,” one person said.And they should be treated with the respect and dignity that is proper to the human person.There has to be a solid middle ground between "suppress it and forget it" and "we don’t know what causes that."New mothers should be leaving the hospital or birthing center with a prescription for physical therapy, instructions to schedule an insurance-covered, comprehensive physical at 2 weeks and 6 weeks and 12 weeks postpartum, recommendations for supplements, plans to check hormone and vitamin levels with lab work, and a general reassurance that her body has just accomplished something demanding and incredible and also utterly and completely normal.