Pregnancy should be a time of joy and love and grace and a distinct conviction that you are partnering with the Divine! Sure, pregnancy has its challenges--morning sickness, swollen ankles, heartburn, fatigue--but the fact that you are co-creating with the Creator should help take it all in stride.
It's been warm lately. Like really warm. And I've had lots of pre-labor stuff going on (which could go on for weeks, so I'm not timing these contractions or anything). And so I've been a bit of a whiner--at least to my own ears.
But, actually, I do enjoy being pregnant. I love feeling the baby move. I love having conversations with my belly. I love the extra attention from my Gana. :-) I even don't mind the weight gain. Pregnancy is the only time I've got dumps like a truck, truck, truck.
I really think that women in pregnancy should be encouraged to follow their instincts and to enjoy the season. Rather than worrying about every. little. thing. I feel so badly when friends or clients spend this joyous season worried about what to eat and what not to eat, every imaginable test from the doctor (even if they have no risk factors for what is being tested), due dates being changed with each monthly ultrasound, etc.
It should just not be so complicated. We've been reproducing for thousands of years before the advent of all our interventions and before researchers were telling you exactly how many grams of caffeine you can safely ingest in pregnancy.
I'm not saying don't eat well or visit your doctor. But, don't let the worries and concerns about the perfect pregnancy make it a less than blissful season for you!
Rest assured that your body KNOWS how to grow that baby. God has gifted your body with the mad skillz to grow a baby, a placenta, produce colostrum and milk. Your body is incredible!
When you believe in your body (and the One who created it!) and are joyful in pregnancy, you will empower others to feel the same!
(Don't forget to link up with your birth stories or pictures! Here.)
(All photos taken by Cory Plowman Photography.)