Checking in on You
As soon as that baby lands in your arms, priorities seem to shift. It's somewhat unexplainable, but all of a sudden #1 is #2, #2 is #3, and perhaps #4 isn't even on the radar screen.
As your baby grows, you may or may not return to work. You may or may not return to date nights out or a regular fitness routine. Of course, some or all of those things may be good for your health and well being.
Your investment in good health is well worth a few dollars for quality care for your child.
There is one thing you must return to and that is taking care of you!
Now is not the time to put off an annual physical, mammogram (if applicable), dentist or eye appointment, etc.
It's a simple but true fact, if you want to take good care of someone else (in this case, your child and your family), you first must take care of yourself.
This is not being selfish. This is ensuring your family that you will be there and will be the best you can be.
So, what kind of check-ups should you be planning?
Here is a sample list of health check-ups you should consider:
- Annual exam by OB/GYN
- Annual physical exam by your family practitioner (this is especially true if you have other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
- Annual visit to dermatologist (especially true if you have any moles of irregular shape or color)
- Semi-annual visit to the dentist for an exam, cleaning, and possible x-rays (remember, if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, be sure to inform your dentist before any procedures)
- Visit to your optometrist for eye screening
Of course, you may need to add a specialist or two to your list depending on your current condition and medical needs.
How do you make these visits happen?
If you struggle for time to make an appointment or actually go for a visit, use resources of family or friends, or hire a babysitter. Your investment in good health is well worth a few dollars for quality care for your child.
If you struggle for money, be sure to talk with your insurance carrier to fully understand your policy. What is covered? What is not? Don't schedule or receive services without clarification of what your carrier will and will not pay for. If you are uninsured, be sure to look into the social service agencies in your area. Chances are you will be able to find a free clinic or other low cost health care provider to obtain services.
Do whatever it takes to maintain your health; your child is counting on you!