I’m finding that one of the most important parts of mothering is taking care of myself. At first, I felt really bad that I would eat before my baby. But I HAD to. If I didn’t eat, there was no mommy milk. So, this is about mothering, eating, and self-care.
I’m not a big “foodie”. In fact, unless I’m in late-pregnancy or breastfeeding, food really isn’t a big deal to me. I do it to live. But it’s about as exciting as peeing. There is a sense of relief once it’s done, it’s sometimes urgent, but if it didn’t have to be done I probably wouldn’t miss doing it.
For a while now, my digestion has not been the greatest. My digestion was horrible early in my pregnancy with Kalis. Later, it got better. But after giving birth and then immediately having to deal with the trauma of the loss, my digestion seriously suffered. I continue to deal with less-than-optimal digestion and becoming pregnant and giving birth again certainly didn’t help. But now, because of my baby’s dietary needs, I’ve changed my diet a lot. (Think: autoimmune paleo plus a few specific grains, seeds, and nuts.) I’m taking a break from a lot of foods and spending time more often with others.
One of the foods I’m eating more is kimchi. What a difference it makes! I used to eat some if we were eating at a Korean restaurant, but now I eat a few bites with every meal. It might be better than double-dosing on the expensive, prescription-only, probiotics I used to sell.
So what does kimchi have to do with being a better mom? If your digestion has suffered as a result of the stress you’ve been through on your path, you might need some good stuff in your gut. Lacking that good stuff means digestive discomfort and other symptoms which might mean you’re not able to be as present with your kids as you like. Your digestive health also lays the foundation for your baby’s digestive health if you’re pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. Kimchi can help add that good stuff back into your gut so you can add more good mommy stuff back into the lives of your babies!
Best wishes to you on your journey.
How does the way you eat affect your ability to be a mom? Share with us in the comments below.
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