Mumma’s have you done your essential health checks?

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Late last year (December) before my second was born we had SpotChecks done at work. Now I’m a seriously “moly” person and with a family history of skin cancer and I have my skin checked yearly. Or at least before kids I did….

Anyhow the lady flagged two moles and suggested I see the Doc for a biopsy. The most alarming part about this whole story is it took me 10 months to do anything about it. Yes that’s right, I only went to the doctor today (mid- October). The mole is actually disappearing which is strange so the doctor has removed the mole, and we’ve sent it off for testing.

Mumma’s I’m pretty ashamed its taken me this long. This kind of health care needs to be a priority and we all need to do a quick check up on ourselves. It’s so easy to put it at the bottom of the list. Getting to the doctors with two kids was no easy feet. I needed help from my mum, I had to schedule it around naps, and I’m now nursing stitches with instructions not to lift anything lol! Our kids need us fit and healthy and there are some important tests that we need to keep up to date to make sure this happens. Here are my essential health checks:

Skin Spot Checks

Yearly at doctors, monitor weekly, any changes go straight to the doctor without delay. Here’s how to check according to Cancer Council Australia:

Make sure you check your entire body, as skin cancers can sometimes occur on parts of the body that are not exposed to the sun, such as the soles of the feet, between fingers and toes and under nails.

Undress completely and make sure you have good light.

Use a mirror to check hard to see spots, like your back and scalp, or get a family member, partner or friend to check for you.

Breast Check

Monthly in the shower, any changes go straight to the doctor without delay.Here are some instructions from the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

How Should A Breast Self-Exam Be Performed?

National Breast Cancer Foundation

1) In the Shower 

With the pads/flats of your 3 middle fingers, check the entire breast and armpit area pressing down with light, medium, and firm pressure. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, hardened knot, or any other breast changes. 

National Breast Cancer Foundation

2) In Front of a Mirror 

Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

3) Lying Down

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

Pap smear

Every Five years ales you have symptoms, such as unusual vaginal bleeding, discharge or pain during sex if you experience these go straight to the doctor without delay.

Dental Check

Your dental health is a huge indicator of your overall health. Make sure you keep up to date with your checkups and cleans and don’t leave it until you’re in serious pain.

Take care of yourself Mumma’s and go and get yourselves checked!

Mumma Z xxx

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