I’ve been hiding underneath a shell. What’s been keeping me, you wonder? Well, I am expecting and am about to enter into a whole new world of motherhood. I’ve finally reached that point in my pregnancy, in which I feel better and more myself. So far, pregnancy has been quite an adventure for me. So many emotions (happy that is) but there has also been the opposite of that–mood changes associated with raging hormones, feeling “blah”, constant nausea, anxious, etc. The best thing of it all and what I am most thankful for…is the fact that I am living such a blessed experience with the endless support of my husband and loved ones. I seriously couldn’t do this without them.
Once everyone you know finds out that you are expecting, they will want to share their advice, what to do, what not to do, cultural beliefs, the list will forever go on. A piece of advice that stuck with me was from one of the doctors that I work with. And he said, “So many people will want to give you advice. But the best thing you can do for yourself, is not really take it. Every one is different, every pregnancy is different. You don’t want to expect that yours will be the same way…” I couldn’t be more grateful for this piece of advice. There’s so much advice and experiences that I hear from others and quite an information overload from online, but at the end of the day, what truly matters is what I am feeling and experiencing throughout my pregnancy and what my husband and I mutually believe in (especially when it comes to parenting). Having seen and heard all these wonderful experiences and words of advice from everyone is great because I get to see my pregnancy in different angles and perspectives and my awareness is heightened. But I will still keep the doctor’s advice close.
Another doctor that I work with told me, “You are are creating life right now.” These kind words meant so much and I repeat these words to myself every now and then as a constant reminder to embrace this whole process of pregnancy. Motherhood and the opportunity to create life within you is probably the best thing a woman can ever have. In addition to that, it brings me and my husband closer. We actually created something together. Like the old saying goes… “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage.”