I know everyone has their opinion on pregnancy. Some hate the nine month process because of how brutal it can be on our bodies. While others have these harmonious pregnancies and gasp in the wonderfulness of those nine months.
Now that I am 22 weeks pregnant, I have gone through the tough first trimester, and my second trimester has been somewhat easier. Although as pregnancy progresses, there are many other issues that can crop up and leave you on bed rest to make sure you and your baby stays healthy.
Pregnancy is by far the most beautiful experience one could ever be part of. This goes not just for mothers, but for fathers as well. It’s one of the most unique and special types of bonding and love that exists. For a woman to create, grow, and give birth to another life is rather extraordinary.
When I think back to the moment I first found out I was pregnant, I was overcome with emotion and overwhelmed with an intense feeling of love. In that moment upon finding out that you’re pregnant, everything changes in an instant. A woman becomes a mother, a man becomes a father, a life is in the earliest stages of creation, and all is set in stone. Everything that will make up the baby’s physical characteristics and personality is already decided, along with its DNA code. Your beautiful bundle of joy is ready to grow inside your womb and you are ready to nurture it.
Now even though pregnancy has its tough moments, I think everyone who’s ever carried life can agree that it’s beautiful no matter what. Sure there is morning sickness, growing pains–back, leg and stomach all included–but the beauty of it all outweighs the bad. I think it’s terrible to see these posts and articles about how pregnancy is horrible and people never want to experience it again. You’re creating life inside you. No one said it would be a walk in the park, and no said it would be simple. The fact is it isn’t, however, it is beautiful.
Sure there’s complications, scares, and sickness, but when you feel the first movement, it’s undeniably magical. Everything from movements, kicks, hearing heartbeats and seeing ultrasounds is what makes it all magical.
Looking back at my first trimester, I understand how someone could hate pregnancy, but I still do not condone that way of thinking. I went through terrible morning sickness, tear-induced back pain, very sore breasts and some days I felt like I wasn’t going to make it through that dark tunnel.
But what made me see the light everyday was my baby. I never stopped having a positive attitude and I always had my baby in mind. I told myself that my baby would want to see their mother strong and I honestly didn’t want my baby to feel my negative energy. So, with that laid out on the table, I always spoke to the baby inside me and caressed my tummy with my hand to ensure it that mom would be ok and that we would get through this together. So for someone to say that they wish for their pregnancy to be done already, I can only say do you really want your baby knowing that that’s how you were feeling?
Now I know there will be many critical of my opinions and that’s OK, because that’s just what it is–an opinion. Nonetheless, just as the critics come, so does the praise. While I am indeed in my second trimester, I still have tough days, but at the end of the day we are human beings creating life. I have never felt more beautiful than I do now and I have never felt more maternal than I do now.
Our bodies are doing something incredible and for that I can’t help but think of my mother and every other mother that has ever experienced creating life. We really are superheroes. We really do it all. And we kick ass while doing so.
Some of you are stay at home moms/wives and that is a job within itself. While some work full time, have careers, kids, husbands, and yet they still manage to not go insane. I don’t know how we do it, but the fact is we just do. We are mothers, we are the safe place for our children, we have created life and we are simply beautiful. All of this is what makes it worth it and what makes pregnancy such a beautiful experience.