Dr Luyimbazi tips mothers on self-love

For generations, motherhood has been synonymous with selflessness. People such as actress Jessica Lange have perpetuated this image, painting motherhood as a state where a woman's world revolves solely around her children.

Self love is the key to safe motherhood

But Dr. Henry Luyimbazi, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at C-Care Uganda, begs to differ. He argues that self-love, not selflessness, is the cornerstone of safe motherhood.


The World Health Organization (WHO) defines safe motherhood as ensuring mothers receive the care they deserve throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

Dr. Luyimbazi believes this initiative goes beyond just physical well-being. It's about empowering mothers to become the best versions of themselves, ultimately leading to better mothers for their children.

The statistics paint a concerning picture. A recent study published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth revealed a staggering statistic: over 27% of mothers in Uganda experience postpartum depression. This is just one consequence of neglecting a mother's mental and physical needs.


Dr. Luyimbazi emphasizes the importance of "sensitization" within the community surrounding the mother. He argues that fostering a culture of self-love is key. After all, "in order to spread out love, it has to begin with us individually."

So how can mothers embark on this journey of self-love? Dr. Luyimbazi suggests starting small. Focusing on healthy eating habits and gentle exercises that won't strain you or your child is a great first step. Regular check-ups with your OB-GYN are crucial for monitoring the health of both you and your baby.

But the support system extends beyond medical professionals.

"The village around you as well plays a significant role in keeping a suitable environment around you that will nurture you with a peaceful pregnancy," says Dr Luyimbazi.

"This journey does not end here because even after giving birth, the mother’s health has to be monitored to ensure that everything is well. This is the duty of your physician because they have to know what to look out for and how to prevent what may not be right. The way you take care of yourself as a mother will impact greatly on how you bring up your child right from that time when you carry them the first time."


Prioritizing your well-being isn't selfish; it's essential. As Dr. Luyimbazi says, "It is not a sin to ask for help." Taking care of yourself translates into peace of mind, allowing you to make better decisions and navigate the challenges of motherhood with greater clarity.

Ultimately, safe motherhood isn't just about reducing maternal mortality rates; it's about improving the quality of care for mothers. When mothers prioritize self-love, they become not just healthier individuals but also more patient, attentive, and nurturing caregivers for their children. This self-care revolution has the potential to create a healthier generation, both physically and emotionally. So, embrace self-love, mama. It's not just good for you; it's good for your child, your family, and your community.


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