A Pledge to My Postpartum Self

I will listen to my body and my good instincts to determine whether I need help or not.

I will be prudent when listening to the well-intended but sometimes misled suggestions from others.

I will spend less time on the Internet, on my phone, on social media media, and any other place or temptation that increases my anxiety when I compare myself to others or expose myself to misguided information.

I will surround myself with people and things that make me feel cared for.

If I tell my healthcare provider that I do not like the way I am feeling, and I feel dismissed or unheard, I will find another way to express myself and if that does not work, I will find another healthcare provider who will take my concerns seriously.

I understand having symptoms does not interfere with my ability to be a good mother.

I can accept that good mothers get sick.

I will not surrender to the pressure from others or from myself to pretend I am okay if I am worried about the way I am feeling or thinking.

I will not let feelings of shame, embarrassment, awkwardness, humiliation, or nervousness stop me from getting the help I think I need.

I understand that asking for help is something that comes from strength, not weakness.

I will not blame, berate, or punish myself for being sick during a time I hoped I would feel wonderful.  

I will do my best to take care of myself with self-compassion and kindness.

I will remember that I will not always feel this way. I will feel like myself again.

I will be patient. I will be hopeful. I will believe in my ability to heal.


Image used with permission by artist: Shelly Johnson. Follow her blog: Love is Stronger

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