Becoming a mother transforms your life in a way you cannot yet comprehend. You are about to experience the purest form of joy known to humanity. Motherhood unearths a doorway in your mind, body, and soul, and expands your understanding and comprehension for all human life. It truly is the most profound experience of a woman’s life. Yes, it is true, motherhood is also quite challenging, but just as our muscles hurt when we are building strength and endurance, so too does our life when we are growing into who we are destined to become. Truly nothing compares to the rewarding and fulfilling role you will now play in that precious life. You are making a generational impact in this world that goes beyond your lifespan.
Physical Changes: Embracing the Journey of Pregnancy
Tender swollen breasts, nausea and vomiting, increased urination and fatigue are all some common physical symptoms which you may already have experienced, along with weight gain as your precious bub grows and develops. It is also quite common to experience mood swings, excitement to fear all in one breath. This is very normal given the hormonal changes your body is going through. You now have a little human inside you, solely dependent on you, but its own unique life.
Nurturing Your Body and Mind for a Healthy Pregnancy
Your pregnant body will greatly benefit from a healthy diet packed with vegetables, legumes, grains, fruits, dairy, lean meat, and plenty of water. A healthy lifestyle not only gives you a healthy body, but also clears your mind, invigorates you, and leaves you feeling whole, complete, and satisfied for your pregnancy journey.
Navigating the Spectrum of Pregnancy Symptoms
Not every woman gets every symptom, these are just a few of the more common ones. Given the range and variety of normal changes within a pregnant woman, it is important to attend each health appointment your provider recommends for you. Your doctor and or midwife are highly skilled and professionally trained to understand and act on all symptoms to give you and your baby the very best care for a happy, healthy pregnancy, birth and beyond. Your mum, sister, girlfriends are also vital for your mental and emotional wellbeing. Maybe you’re not close to family, but I strongly encourage you to find your tribe; the women who believe in you, cheer you on, who offer encouragement and advice. Share your motherhood journey with other mums, better together!
Including Your Partner: A Shared Journey of Fear and Excitement
Always remember your partner is on this journey with you too. He may not be experiencing much of the symptoms you are, but his life is about to change in a huge way. He too may be faced with fear and excitement all at once, just like you. Remember you were his lover before you became a mum, he still wants his very best friend in his life. Communicate what you’re feeling and experiencing, allow him to be a part of this life-changing journey. It is true motherhood is one of the highest callings, but never lose your identity as a woman of value and worthy of being loved, and honoured just simply because you are you. Motherhood enhances who you are, it adds light and flavour to every sphere you will walk in.
Balancing Motherhood, Education, and Career: Inspirational Stories
Susan Wojcicki (CEO of YouTube), Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx), and Julie Aigner Clark (founder of Baby Einstein) are just a few of the awe-inspiring women who have successfully been educated and built amazing careers while being mothers. Never believe the lie that you can’t be a mum, have an education and a career. Sure, it may be a little more testing, but you are capable of great things! You were born a conqueror, an achiever, and your potential can only be enlarged through your Mumma heart. Connect with other businesswomen, ask questions, do a google search for groups in your local area, investigate distance education, the opportunities are seriously endless. Playgroups, mum’s groups, parenting courses, many service providers who specialise in parenting are all custom made and unique to your local town. All it takes is Facebook or google search to discover what’s available for you, so you don’t do this journey alone. Eva’s Place is here for you too, in this journey you are on.
In closing I will leave you with this quote from President Rosevelt:
“When all is said it is the mother only, who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights for his country. The successful mother who does her part in rearing and training aright boys and girls who are to be the men and women of the next generation is of great use to the community and occupies, if only she would realise it, a more honourable as well as more important position than any man in it. She is more important by far than the successful statesman, or businessman or artist or scientist.”
You, beautiful woman, are about to embark on the most magnificent journey of your life.