Posts Tagged ‘walk’
Lots of communities around the country held March for Babies walks this past weekend. Men, women and children participated in fun, frolicking and fundraising to support our mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant death.
I walked in White Plains, NY where it was pouring rain. I thought that anyone with an ounce of sense would stay home and keep dry. But, to my delight, there were a ton of people dressed in rain gear and carrying umbrellas all psyched to March for Babies. Whether you were one of us doing the backstroke down the street or you were in a sunny location fanning your face, we thank you from the bottom of our heart. Your support will help fund programs and much needed research so that some day all babies will be born healthy.
It’s a beautiful warm day in New York today, and I just got back from walking in this year’s March for Babies. Lots of wonderful people, music, food—everyone marching together to support the March of Dimes. All across the country, people are walking to help us help babies.
News Moms Need sends out big cheers for everyone who has participated in March for Babies this year. Here are just a few of the people who have helped us give every baby a healthy start.
Some Very Special Folks
* Heather and Mike Spohr, Maddie’s parents
* Katelyn Hall, our 2009 national ambassador, and her family
* Kristina Brooke Daniele, a March of Dimes Mom
* Christina McMenemy, a March of Dimes Mom
* Michele Howley Boudreaux, a March of Dimes Mom
* Lotus, the blogger known as Sarcastic Mom
* And every other mom, dad, granddad, grandmom, sister, brother and friend who marched for babies this year!
You’re the best!
No mom should have to worry about whether her baby can breathe, or visit her baby covered with tubes in a NICU. When a baby is fighting for his life, a life that has only just begun, it makes me sad. It makes me angry. It keeps me up at night. And it makes me want to do something, anything.
I feel responsible. I am responsible. We all are. As moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and everyone, it is our job to protect not just our own babies, but all babies.
Now is the time to sign up for March for Babies. I’ll be there, I hope you will too.
Remember my girlfriend who had the twins? Those little monkeys are now four and half months old and are absolutely precious. Well, I’m meeting her with the babies at the mall this Sunday for a work-out. You read correctly! We’re not browsing or window shopping, but going for a brisk walk to get the heart rates up. Hopefully, we’ll arrive before it gets crowded to avoid plowing into shoppers with the double stroller!
Let’s face it…the holidays are stressful. The financial strain, coping with family drama and the pressure to make everything appear picture perfect is down right draining. Managing stress with high-calorie, holiday meals is not a great coping strategy either. Trust me…I tried to do this with mashed potatoes and gravy. I’m still paying for it.
It’s getting chilly outside and our activity level may change, but don’t abandon the importance of physical fitness during the holiday season (especially if you’re pregnant). Be creative. Buddy up with a friend. With twelve weeks left until my due date, I can’t let up either and need to stay in shape for the big day.
Click here to watch a video on managing stress during pregnancy with Dr. Dolan.