Since I could remember I have suffered from some pain condition (migraines, knee pains, back pain, menstrual pain, stomach issues) but having children took my health over the edge. When I was pregnant, I had so many symptoms listed in the book "what to expect when you're expecting"; i felt as though my body was breaking down, the pregnancy just put my body over the edge (trust me, I was counting down the days for it to be over). I ask myself what if I never had children, would I not have developed chronic pain? I love my children, but they are a lot of work. Before I had kids, my life revolved around myself. I used to get up on the weekends at whatever time I wanted, I had time to myself, leave the house when I wanted, go out with my friends without a care in the world. My life changed after my children were born. I no longer am able to sleep in on the weekends because my kids are hungry and I need to make them something, I can't just leave the house, I have to get them ready to leave or secure day care if I want to go alone to do an errand, shopping with two kids is a nightmare (I did that today). I often miss my old life of how things were. My co-workers are able to go for happy hour after work but I have to hurry home because my mother in law (babysitter) is tired and I have to go home and relieve her. I no longer have me time, my free time revolves around my children.