English: A sleeping male baby with his arm ext...

English: A sleeping male baby with his arm extended (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day, my colleague and I were sharing the joys and troubles of being working moms. I mentioned that I often feel guilty because when I had hg, my husband took over pretty much all of the housework. Since the baby has come, he has continued to help. It was then that my friend said something amazing: “Gee, instead of feeling guilty, why don’t you be grateful for all he’s doing.” It’s not often that my mind is blown, but her words really hit home.

I’m not sure why, but it seems as if we women accept the guilt card way too much. When I fell sick, I was faced with limitations for the first time in my life. The guilt I felt for not being able to do something as simple as put dishes in the dishwater was overwhelming. How I wish I would have let that go. Feeling guilty did absolutely nothing to improve my condition;  in fact, I bet it made things worse.

So today, let me encourage you: when you’re feeling guilty, remember that your first priority is to take care of yourself. In doing so, you’re taking care of your unborn child. Release the guilt. Feeling guilty does nothing, but feeling grateful can make all the difference in the world.

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