How difficult can this be?
Truly understanding your body and how it works.
When you’re trying to fall pregnant, you need to listen to your body to know when you are ovulating.
When you are pregnant, you need to listen to your body to understand your babies needs.
When you have given birth, you need to listen to your body to work out when your milk supply is coming in.
When you are all settled with bubs, you need to listen to your body to get rest, to eat well and to do things that your body loves and thrives on.
These are all the stages that I felt through fertility, pregnancy and parenthood.
Let’s start with fertility.
Do you know when you are ovulating? If not how on earth do you know when to have sex? Because let’s be honest…. this shit is science. Timing is everything.
I remember using a temperature gauge to support me with knowing my ovulation times. I also had ovulation kits…. but how accurate are these?
You truly need to listen to your own body and when it feels right to have sex, then go for it.
Arabella didn’t move inside me for a bit over 24 hours once and instead of totally freaking out, I casually contacted the hospital to see if I could get it all checked. Deep down, I knew she was okay inside. I had the ‘feeling’, but for my own piece of mind, I got it double checked.
Turns out she was just being lazy!!
But when you are pregnant, you truly need to listen to your body. If you need sleep…sleep. If you need KFC chips….. get KFC chips (oh the craving for these was the real deal!) If you don’t feel right within yourself…seek medical support.
Listening to your body is incredibly important when you are growing a human.
Ahhhh the pain in my breasts when my milk was coming through still makes me cringe. My boobs ache even thinking about it.
I knew exactly what my body was doing during this time. I could feel my breasts getting bigger and harder and more and more full until they were ready to explode. This can be a painful experience but also a magical one.
Finally, your mum bod!
What a beautiful body you have. Stretch marks and all!
You have created life.
You are probably exhausted, overwhelmed and struggling to get time for your daily shower…. but you are still beautiful.
After Arabella was born, I started walking every day, not to lose weight, but for my own health and wellbeing. I love being outdoors and I wanted Arabella getting as much fresh air as possible in those first months. I won’t lie…a small element of me wanted my body to go back to ‘normal’ right away. I looked back at photos of myself in a bikini and would think…how on earth am I going to get back to that.
But then I stopped. I realised I created life…..who gives a shit what my body looks like right now. I created life and that is pretty bloody special.
Don’t get me wrong, it is so important to eat well, especially if you’re breastfeeding, but it is also ok to have a day on the couch and not feel bad about it. Everything is in moderation.
Do your best and make sure you remember not to compare yourself to anyone else.
You do you.
You are beautiful and your body is beautiful. You created life.