Monday, August 1, 2011

Trust Your Body

Through my whole pregnancy I was constantly surprised and amazed at how well I handled everything and how natural everything felt. I was quite lucky and had very few "typical" pregnancy symptoms (whatever those are) and basically was just really tired - all the time.

Now you may argue with me here and tell me that I'm lucky (and I was to an extent), but in reality I was built and born ready to be able to have a child. Most women are - so why did I always feel so shocked and amazed when things went right?

I'm sure there are many answers to this question as it is quite multi-faceted. But, my experience as to why I was adamant that I would never have a child (which was basically until I found out I was pregnant!) is that I have a half sister who was born when I was 16 years old. I love this girl dearly and don't get to see enough of her, ever. Anyway, when I was 16 years old I was quite the curious and avid reader and therefore picked up and read the popular book, "What to Expect When You're Expecting".

Can I tell you something here? I'm going to be honest: DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!!

So many books and online websites will tell you all of the stuff that can go wrong. Generally, you are told the worst possible outcome first. That way these gruesome details stick in your head and make you wonder why any person in the world would even consider becoming pregnant. Well, that's what I grew up thinking.

It made it interesting to go through pregnancy, labour, birth, and raising a healthy Little Bean because I'm still learning how to trust my body. It hasn't been easy and is still challenging at times so I thought I would throw this preface out to write a few series of posts about why you should trust your body.

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