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I keep thinking that if I knew six months ago what I know now I would have had so much more fun with my pregnancy.
I spent so much time and energy flipping out and fearing the labour and delivery that it seriously cut into my enjoyment of pregnancy. Turns out I had nothing to worry about and I should have just chilled out.
1. Yes labour and delivery are painful but its doable and bearable with the right kind of pain medication. I went into the process thinking that it was either an epidural or nothing. Kumbe there are IV medication options which is what I took and it worked perfectly for me. Every hour the nurse would load me up with a dose and I would continue labouring. I could still feel the contractions and the pushing but the meds just took the edge off. Halfway through the nurse looked at me and told me that I was well on my way to doing this without an epidural and for the first time I believed that i was capable. That nurse was awesome!
2. My body is capable of a lot more than I’ve ever given it credit for. I’ve had a really rough relationship with my body for years now. Coming to America as a teenage girl to a family where the women had serious body image issues themselves was horrible for my self image. Consequently i’ve wasted the last decade in conflict with my body. I feel like labour and delivery have ended a long civil war. My body has won. I love it, I respect it, and I am in awed amazement at what it can do. For example, I’m already weighing less than I did on the day that I found out I was pregnant!! This is not because I went on some extreme diet during the pregnancy. I just decided that I wasn’t going to care about dieting and that I was just going to focus on eating healthy but eating what I fancied. Nausea took care of my tendancy to overeat and the rest is history. I’m hoping to parlay my newfound respect for my body into a new healthy lifestyle. wish me luck!!