We don’t think Dr Megan Meier had any idea just HOW much interest this pic of her would generate after she uploaded it to Facebook recently…
Here’s the story: Megan shared the above image initially just with her ‘physician mom’ colleagues because she thought they would enjoy the spectacle of a heavily pregnant woman with a toddler strapped to her back giving sideline physio at an American football game.
The pic soon gained momentum though as other mums felt they could relate – and praised Megan for her ‘awesome’ just-get-on-with-it attitude.
Here’s what Megan wrote on her Facebook…
“Hello! I am Dr. Megan Meier. I am a sports medicine and dance medicine physician in Oklahoma City, OK. A photo of me providing sideline coverage for my high school football team, Putnam City North, recently went viral! I want to thank all of you who have taken an interest in me and more importantly, in this photo.
“I captioned the photo “Sports Medicine Doctor Mom–this is what happens when you are 35 weeks pregnant, husband leaves town for the weekend, childcare for 3yo falls through, and you have a game to cover!”
“I posted this to a group of physician mom’s because I thought they would enjoy it – seeing a visual representation of what we all do each and every day. I am overwhelmed by all the positive feedback and support the members of this group have given.
“I really believe that you can have it all and find a great balance to a multi-faceted career and life. However, it takes a lot of hard work and improvisation at times.
“Most importantly, it takes a strong community of people supporting each other to make it work. Thank you to “Physician Mom Group (PMG) for “getting it.”
“Thank you to all my family, friends, and colleagues for all the love and shares. Thank you to the teams (that includes athletic trainers, coaches, players, and parents) that I cover, from PC North High School to the University of Oklahoma to the OKC Ballet – I appreciate your support of women (and their families) in medicine and in sports.
“We have come a long way in 2016.”
We definitely think this pic is brilliant. It’s a fantastic shot of a working mum just getting the job done when there is no childcare available. More power to her!
But since it’s gone ‘viral’ (rather than remaining a joke between friends), it’s obviously it’s worth noting that this is quite an extreme example… and we totally understand why her comments about ‘having it all’ might make some of us feel like the bar’s been set quite high.
Especially since it’s not always possible (or even allowed) to bring your little ones to the office! And, of course, not every expectant mum will be physically as up-and-at-’em at 35 weeks along.
But it’s just soooo easy to feel like you’re not quite doing enough when you’re a mum, isn’t it? Or when you’re pregnant and have other small kids to look after and you struggle just to find the time to clean your teeth, let alone still be working and taking on the lion’s share of the childcare.
We’re all doing the best we can, right? We have to do what’s best for us and our own personal situation – whether that’s strapping a 3-year-old to our backs and cracking on, or sticking our feet up on the sofa.
And it’s clear from the response that Megan’s post has been a positive for many mums out there, which can only be a good thing ?
Side note: We hope she rewarded herself with a nice long mum nap ? after a busy day on the field! That’s def what we’d be doing next… ?
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Pic: Megan Meier/Facebook