As mothers, we spend most of our time thinking about everyone but ourselves. We’ve gotten so used to putting the needs of others ahead of our own, that basic necessities like showering, eating well, and exercising become something we just don’t feel we have the time for. (Case in point: I haven’t showered in a couple of days in these photos.) Self-care, treating ourselves, putting ourselves first has become something we shrug off as just being an inevitable part of motherhood. Yes, motherhood is exhausting and very time-consuming. But this idea of women needing to become martyrs and lose any sense of self beyond being a mother is very much a part of society’s expectations these days.