174 comments posted · 110 followers · following 0
Also, let's be honest. If we can't be flippant on The Toast, then what is the world coming to????
In general, pregnancy / postpartum self care is soooooo weird, because on the one hand, you don't want to fall victim to the medical industrial complex for no reason, but you DO want to, you know, follow sound medical advice, and you KNOW that there's some kind of "wisdom of the ages" stuff out there that must do some good because humans made it this far without all the drugs (albeit, fewer humans than would have made it WITH the drugs, of course) but some shit sounds super weird and wrong and how do you know?????
The biggest issue is that these things are usually written at SUCH a low register that it all sounds very very untrustworthy, even though there may be a kernel of usefulness in there?
Anyway. Yes. All of the above are 100% accurate.
If an ingredient seems to have a fibrous-y membrane (eel skin, sweet breads, liver, etc.) TAKE THAT THING THE HELL OFF.
Almost 6 months out from a rather medicated birth that went absolutely as well as could possibly have been expected under difficult and scary circumstances, I still have a panic attack every once in a while when I look at my small-but-healthy-and-most-importantly-still-alive baby girl and play out alternative scenarios in my head. And regardless of anybody's beliefs or intuitions about premature births, lung development, etc., this NICU vet DOES NOT WANT TO HEAR IT.
Saddle up and take the betamethasone, friends. For serious. Gah.
FWIW, I really like the Power Yoga with Dave Farmar podcasts, which I think are/were free on iTunes.
Also, my phone seems to have been smarter than I am above. I meant to say "enjoy the last *days* of summer", although if you want to do that other thing, go on with your bad self. ;)
I liked to be several days ahead in all my classes, mostly because my 1L profs were very old school and unpredictable, so they might get way out ahead of the syllabus, and if you got cold called and were unprepared, it was bad and felt even worse.
I really loved having a study group, esp. that first year. There were a total of six of us, and we didn't really do much till the last 3rd of the semester. Then we shared outlines, discussed material, and (most important!) reviewed practice tests together. Practicing issue-spotting and applying the material you've learned is a really key part of exam prep, and only your classmates really know the scope of your class.
Also yes, sadly, 1L grades matter a loooooot. It's probably worth a year of misery to get yourself off on the right foot. At least that proved true for me. And if you think you might want to clerk, grades + law review matter in later years too. And if you're not sure what kind of law you want to practice, keep your options open w/ practical classes (e.g. I didn't take bankruptcy, b/c who cares, and now 3 years later it turns out that a bankruptcy clerkship would be a really great way for me to spend a year, for a ton of reasons, and whoops. . . )
Try to keep sane and preserve resources!! The first year is the worst, but giving it your all will be worth it later.
1) making myself get a little sunshine, even if it's a totally lowkey walk and doesn't really count as "exercise."
2) yoga podcasts. All the exercise you want, none of the judgment.
Congrats on taking some control here, and enjoy the last boys of summer while you can!!!!!