“I’m super sick – I think I have strep throat – and I’m in bed,” she said via Instagram Stories. “I’m getting an IV to hopefully feel better.”
Despite her condition being “very contagious,” the fact that she couldn’t spend time with her children – Luca, 7, and Banks, 10 months - was only making her feel worse.
“As a parent, why does it feel horrible to be sick? Like, the guilt of being in bed,” she shared. “There’s obviously times when I’ve had to be with my kids all day long, sick and feeling horrible, with no help. But today, I have help and I should be resting and the guilt is crazy.”
“My head is spinning,” she added. “And I feel like I should be doing a million things and being with my kids every minute when I’m very contagious. It’s just the hard part of being a parent. It sucks.”
Having to slow down when you’re sick - especially when you’ve got a family to care for - can feel counter-productive at times. But as medical experts will attest, prioritising your health is one of the most important things you can do as a mum.
“When you stop taking care of yourself, your ability to care for your children gets significantly impaired,” Dr Jennifer Wilder told What To Expect.
“It is not selfish to prioritise your own health and wellbeing. Take time to exercise, eat well, relax and find time for yourself to refocus and rebalance. So many women feel guilty doing things for themselves. They shouldn't."