Having a baby takes a lot out of you and definitely wears down your body’s natural defenses. I haven’t found any studies, but anecdotally, acupuncturists and chiropractors agree that most women patients who’ve had children complain that they never quite regain the level of health they enjoyed prior to having children.
Personally, it seems that every time I spend several weeks doing the right things to regain my health, I encounter a major setback, whether that’s mastitis, a major car accident, and now, the friggin’ flu. I guess I shouldn’t be too upset, it seems many healthy people have also had some flu symptoms this year.
My acupuncturist told me it takes up to a full year to recover from childbirth. She told me not to do anything (work/career-wise) until then. I don’t know if that’s financially FEASIBLE for us, but it’s something for me to keep in mind . . . to take it easy and to not push things too hard. When I’m tired, I rest. When I’m hungry, I eat.
And, since I’m utterly tired of getting sick so frequently in the past 4 months, I’m going to take extreme measures to rebuild my immune defenses. No more occasional pieces of chocolate or tastings of ice cream. I’m so done with that stuff. I’m posting a piece of paper on the wall that will read “NO SUGAR . . . remember what it feels like to have the flu.” Motivation, right there!
So, I’ll indulge in my Florida oranges, pineapple, and occasional strawberries. But, no refined sugar, immune system crippling indulgences for this gal. I utterly can’t afford it . . . I have a baby boy to look after. And, if I can’t even muster the energy to pick him up or change a dirty diaper, then I’m no help to him.
I’m off to refuel on some antioxidants: green tea with ginger and citrus flavors.