A Powerful Note From A Nurse Changed This New Mom’s Life

September 3, 2017
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A Nurse Left A Special Note For This New Mom And It’s Left A Mark On Her 

Stepping on to the scale can be a scary thing to do – for anyone actually, but for new Mom’s it can be extra daunting. After 9 months of having a “valid excuse” for eating or “eating for two”, once the baby makes an appearance, the pressure to get back to that pre-pregnancy weight can be rather overwhelming.

This is exactly what new Mom Mariah experienced.

Mariah Kaitlyn Herrera had that terrible feeling. It stole away her self-confidence and her self-love.

On Aug. 28, however, a special nurse gave the scale a whole new meaning and it saved the 24-year-old from her weigh-in depression.

The general care nurse had posted a small but very powerful sticky note above the scale at Herrera’s doctor’s office in Eugene, Oregon, which read: “This scale will only tell you the numerical value of your gravitational pull. It will not tell you how beautiful you are, how much your friends and family love you, or how amazing you are!!”

Those words have touched Herrera so deeply that she posted it to her Instagram account that same day.
“This is the second time I’ve seen this in the doctor’s office and I LOVE IT. SERIOUSLY these should come with every scale! Completely changes how I feel about stepping on the scale especially because I know I’m working on myself,” Herrera captioned the snapshot of the note.

According to Herrera, her 9-month pregnancy and her 5-month weight loss journey since giving birth has been anything but easy.

I had a terrible pregnancy, a complicated delivery and a 100-plus pound weight gain. I ate everything in sight when I was pregnant and it completely altered everything in my body,” Herrera told TODAY.

With her new body, stepping on the scale carried more emotional weight as well. “Taking my weight has always been my least favorite part about going to the doctor but since having a baby that feeling has just gotten 10 times worse,” Herrera explained.

Since giving birth on  March 28, Herrera’s doctor has prescribed anti-anxiety medication for her postpartum condition. But when Herrera visited her doctor last week for a routine check-up, the unexpected nurse’s note gave the visit a whole new significance.

“I walked out of the office feeling confident. I felt like a completely different person,” said the emotional new mom.

The Charnelton Community Clinic nurse has declined to be named. But for her, the gesture seemed so obvious and insignificant that she didn’t want recognition for it. But sadly, her small sticky note carried a truth which women and new mothers tend to forget too often.

Just those little words, however, were enough to change Herrera’s outlook on the future: “It made me feel like the number doesn’t mean anything. It changed the way I was thinking.”

Whether you’ve had a baby a few days ago or a few months ago, body change is inevitable, and like with anything, it requires hard work to get where we want to be.

What do you think of the nurse’s gesture?

 

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