Guest Blogger: Jill Shell
Let me just start by saying, pregnancy truly is an amazing thing. The act of taking cells, that individually by themselves would just be cells and combining them to make another human life, is undeniably a miraculous thing. But along with the beauty of the creation of life, comes the sometimes unforgiving and relentless attacks and changes to the body, mind and life of the new mommy.
Now, I don’t want to complain, but you know that since I just started a sentence with those words, that I am about to complain, right?
What is with the nausea, the hunger, the tossing and turning at night, the pains that start turning up in random places in your body, the clothes that don’t fit right, the leg cramps, and some of the other strange occurrences that you barely want to share with your closest friends?
It seems appropriate that you should expect to endure one or two of those things, but how you get chosen to experience all of those is beyond me.
Forgive me because I know I do not have the worst of it and each pregnancy is different for every woman. And despite their annoyances, I do consider it a good sign that these signs are present because often times in pregnancy you fear the worst and sometimes these little nuances can be the confirmation you need to know that all is okay.
Again, I don’t mean to sound like the Debbie Downer of pregnancy, but it’s just a reminder of the labor of love that we get to experience (and let’s give some credit to our significant others, family members and friends who support us through it all) as we take this journey.
On a slightly heavier note, this little blog entry here is just a forum to share these light-hearted thoughts (and maybe, just maybe, get a little empathy from those around me). I recently read in a magazine that 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility and I know far too many people who have been affected by this news. I can only imagine what they must go through, and I certainly do not take that lightly.
Okay, sorry, I can’t end on a heavy note. Want to hear a funny story? Okay, so do I. Please add a comment with your funny story and make us all laugh.