During my pregnancy, I was fortunate enough to have gotten to be put in contact with Lori Bregman, an amazing doula in the LA area and author of The Mindful Mom-To-Be: A Modern Doula’s Guide to Building a Healthy Foundation from Pregnancy Through Birth
I was doing some freelance work for Fitbie.com (now Rodale Wellness it seems) while I was pregnant and I pitched the idea of of an article all about managing this new, albeit temporary, lifestyle from a healthy and mindful place to help enable a woman to have the healthiest pregnancy she can. Luckily for me, they were putting the final touches on Lori’s book and I got to collaborate with her for the article. We even worked together to try and come up with a homemade ginger drink to help alleviate that yuck feeling in your stomach throughout the first trimester!
Just this past week, Lori launched a monthly newsletter for her followers. And it just so happened her first submission to all of us was on the topic of self care. I found it to be kismet so I HAVE to promote her from my measly little blogosphere here in Atlanta. Her words in this first letter are so much of how I feel and what I would like to encourage with my voice over here.
Lori says, “Think of self care like being on an airplane where they say you must first put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this to my husband when the twins are all grumpy and I’m stuffing my face. How do you expect me to take care of them if I don’t get some nourishment myself? How am I going to satisfy them if I’m sitting on the floor whilst head spinning because my blood sugar has dropped to an unhealthy level? And in a broader sense, how am I going to teach them to have confidence if I don’t love myself first? Without loving yourself, it’s extremely difficult to project true love on anyone else.
I have a t-shirt that says, “I run on coffee and lipstick.” I need to add mascara to this though, because as long as I’ve had my coffee and throw on some lipstick and mascara, I not only look more alive, I feel more alive. My hair may be greasy as hell and my legs unshaved, but so what? Even the smallest effort of self care makes all the difference.
I also connect this also to starting this blog. I want to teach my children self-worth; I want them to know that their dreams and desires matter, and if they carve out even just a little bit of time for these dreams, they CAN have it all.
Lori is such an amazing inspiration and her positive spirit just resonates! I mean, she’s the birth doula for both Molly Sims and Kristen Bell… how incredible is that?!?! If you’re wanting to be a mommy, are pregnant or just want to read some cool stories and get some mindful and healthful tips, check her out!