I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I didn’t expect parenting to be easy, but I also didn’t think I was going to be doing it with a chronic illness. I was pregnant with my second when I was diagnosed with Budd Chiari Syndrome and my older son had just turned three. I noticed the easy things starting to get harder. I spent more days in bed. My energy levels plummeted right along with my appetite and I started questioning my ability to be a mom. How was I going to keep up now?
Parenting with a chronic illness in a way, is just like parenting without one. The goal is the same. Make sure everyone is healthy and happy. But now do it with both feet stuck in concrete, one hand tied behind your back. That might be a little over the top but some days it really does feel like you are giving 110-percent and the world is just out to get you. I wish I could say it didn’t have to be that hard or that there’s a magic fix because not much is easy about parenting to begin with. However, there are a few things I’ve learned that can help take some of the pressure off. Check it out…
Menu Planning and Meal Prep
A lot of people these days have turned to meal prep, mostly as a way to manage healthy eating habits and sometimes as a way to budget. For me, it’s been a saving grace. As a mom, it can be hard to feed and please so many different people. Add a chronic illness into the mix that makes you sick to your stomach, and it’s even worse!
I suggest taking a few days to plan a menu for the following week. Prep ahead as much as you can as this will help cut down on the time spent on your feet in the kitchen.