I do not think anything can prepare you for pregnancy, birth, or postpartum. If you are an expecting mom, you take it one day at a time. My little one was a surprise to me when I found out I was pregnant, as I stated in The Balancing Act . He was our plan for the future but finding out we were pregnant was a huge rush of emotions. I think many people can relate to that first time seeing the pregnancy test in complete shock. I have also previously written about how challenging pregnancy was for me in Two Easy Ways to Help with Morning Sickness . I had every possible miserable symptom. I was so ready for him to come. Then BOOM nine months passed and I was in labor. We went to the hospital right after my husband got off of his 14-hour shift around 11 pm. It was a tight cramping pain and then it worsened into a pain where I could no longer walk anymore. While in labor my husband expressed to me that he was worried that an angel was going to be taken from this earth when another enters.
I found out I was pregnant after receiving my associate's degree in the summer of 2020. I was in complete disbelief. It was not a part of my "plan" since I wanted to finish college before starting a family. I had everything sorted out of how life was supposed to proceed. I was already accepted into an accelerated college program I worked extremely hard to get into. My world came crashing down on me. As many women can relate to at times finding out you are pregnant while in school or in the middle of your career can feel like a death sentence to all you were working towards. I felt stuck since I wanted to be able to stay home with him and not put him in daycare. Mostly because of how expensive it can be and because I wanted to influence him in his early years. In addition, g rowing up I promised myself that I would always be independent and not have to rely on anyone. My mindset did not alter. I was not willing to give up. Tears in my eyes, I searched for solutions instant
Most importantly it is essential to be an advocate for health and lead by example in the classroom. Modeling healthy eating habits, physical activity, and appropriate responses to stress can have a powerful effect on students, health decision-making behaviors. Having a positive attitude and placing a high value on healthy habits can affect students' attitudes as well. (Evans and Sims, 2018) Teachers/parents have a responsibility to guide children to the best choices for their health and their future. As you can observe in this chart shown in, Health and Physical Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers, th ere is a huge link between better grades and healthy habits. Many things can be done to promote health that could lead to improved grades in your classroom. Here is a list of ideas to use in the classroom to get students to be healthy, concentrate and have better behavior. Brain Breaks- Provide guidelines and organization in advance. These guidelines must include stop-