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Attention: If you’re male (even female) and are going to be offended by the reality of pregnancy, or the words vagina, sweat and/or hairy make you squirm, please look away now.
“Pregnancy is when you feel most beautiful!”
“Don’t worry sweetie, the sickness will pass after the first trimester!”
“How many kg have you put on?”
“Oh… that’s odd, that never happened to me?”
“You’re hair and skin will glow!”
“Don’t eat for two. you’ll pay for it later!”
“Have you hit your crazy-horny-pregnant-lady stage yet?”
How many fucking times have I heard these lines?
I’ve continually heard of these marvellous pregnancy stories. Ladies have said being pregnant made them feel more beautiful than ever. They ‘glowed’ and had amazing sex. They found this inner-energy and empowerment as their little growing bubba prepared them to tackle the world. (WATCH: The truth about baby bladder. Post continues after video.)
This, my friends, was and is so not me.
Welcome to my blog post – The Beautiful Side To Pregnancy – where I will be discussing the not-so-beautiful parts of pregnancy that not many women are often prepared to share. The ‘no one ever told me that’ parts. The ugly parts that I am not ashamed of, nor afraid to share.
The first insight I can give to you (and I touch on this in a later point) is that not one pregnancy journey is the same. Everyone is different. Every individual BODY is different and it will change and adapt in it’s own way. Hormones are a crazy part of a woman’s life already, and being pregnant allows you to see and experience them like never before.
I currently have seven friends or family members that are pregnant too – and from what I’ve seen & heard, no journey is the same. One of my first struggles I had in my early stages was that I was reading too many stories, asking for too much advice, way too many opinions were being listened to.
Ladies – never compare yourself. Your body is developing it’s own way and you need to be prepared to adapt to that. I’ll touch on this again later. (Post continues after gallery.)