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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?

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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.

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Do whatever it takes to maintain your health; your child is counting on you!

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27 comments

  1. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    you have to make time for your health in order to see your kid grow and live by example

  2. Profile photo of Antonia Antonia says:

    making the time to go is important. to be the parent i wish to be, i need to be healthy and take care of myself and my child. Also making sure dad is adjusting is important to his health also.

  3. Profile photo of shelia shelia says:

    Yea, that is so true. Priorities do shift, now it is all about my newborn baby& my other two kids. So,now I will make sure to take the time to do all the annuals I need for my health. No more putting them off.

  4. Profile photo of Kylie Kylie says:

    This is so true after my daughter which is my second….. i didnt go to any appt. then I started having really bad pains in my ribs she was about 7 months old I went to the doctor an they ordered a bunch of tests but I put them off then low and behold I found out I was pregnant again….. during my pregnancy the pain was still there and excessive vomiting but I figured it was just the pregnancy…. well he was born Oct. 16, the pain continued and so did the 1 or 2 time a day vomiting I thought it was just bad indigestion until the pain starting radiating throughout my abdomen so I fianally went to the er come to find out my appendix was about to burst they did surgery right away this was 12/4 i went to the er….. and all I kept saying to the dr. was that I needed to get home to my kids, he straight up told me Im no good to my kids if I’m not well!!!!

  5. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I need to go to the dentist :/

  6. Profile photo of Sierra-Dawn Sierra-Dawn says:

    Free teeth cleaning at dentil schools

  7. But I barely have time for myself

  8. Profile photo of Anastacia113 Anastacia113 says:

    I almost forgot what it was like to remember to take care of myself, lol. 🙂

  9. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    Other than going back to my midwife after my daughter was born I need to make appointments with all my doctors.

  10. Profile photo of ancoda ancoda says:

    This is a good thing to remeber.
    I find it sort of funny that they love to say just have your family and friends watch your kids. I don’t have any family within 2000 miles and most of my friends are just as busy as I am and don’t have time to watch my kids. Babysitters around here charge between $9-12 per hour. So I can afford a babysitter for one of these appointments, but not for the 5+ people they tell you to visit every year. Sometimes you just have to pick and choose which ones seem most important to you.

  11. Profile photo of shalayaeddie shalayaeddie says:

    I need to come up with a master plan and stick to it.

  12. Profile photo of tammy tammy says:

    I need to take better care of myself 🙁

  13. Profile photo of Sunflower Sunflower says:

    girls save your change every week it adds up.then go to the shop.the pro’s will be done by the time the baby finish the bottle.of course do not take the baby in there,tooo much chemicals.

  14. Profile photo of Kevryn Kevryn says:

    I am horrible at taking care of myself. I know I need to make time for it I just never feel like I get the chance to

  15. I am very bad at following this

  16. Profile photo of canniclee canniclee says:

    It is so easy to put our own needs on the backburner when it comes to taking care of the family.

  17. Profile photo of Foxin3ss Foxin3ss says:

    Health is always something important, it’s good to teach your child to be healthy as well as active!

  18. Profile photo of lisa_iowa lisa_iowa says:

    It is much easier for Mom to take care of the family when Mom is healthy! Don’t neglect you health, mamas & mamas-to-be. You are important!

  19. Profile photo of Leeana Leeana says:

    so true, we need to be sure we are cared for before we can care for our family

  20. Profile photo of Anna Jones Anna Jones says:

    I hate the dentist but really need to go. However, I was at my eye doctor as soon as I could be after Jack was born

  21. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    i long to see a dentist

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