Sooner or later, every mom realizes an important truth: You don't have time to get sick. So it becomes second nature to overlook the messages your body is sending you -- symptoms that would send you straight to the doctor if your kids complained of them. Stomach pains? Just gas, or menstrual cramps. Tired and feeling sad? Must be PMS. Heart racing? Everyday stress.
But some body signals are cries for help. After having a baby, you go through physical and emotional changes that can trigger -- or mask -- certain health problems. And as your kids get bigger, the pressures of motherhood can make it easy to continue to put off your own checkup.
Aches and pains often have innocent causes, of course. But be sure you talk to your doctor if you have any of the following: