My 4 Takeaways from Pregnancy
I'm sitting at a cafe in London, 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant. It’s been quite a journey and I’m eager to give birth to my little boy. This pregnancy has been an emotional roller coaster with lots of ups and downs. But overall, it’s been an incredible learning experience.
1. Love Yourself
Accepting my changing body was probably my biggest challenge. Although I've managed to exercise throughout my pregnancy, I can't ignore that I look different. Some days I love myself and my body. Other days, I can only see my body swelling up with cellulite (which is totally normal during pregnancy), and it’s brought up a lot of insecurities. For example, I was worried my husband wouldn't be as attracted to me, and I’ve been more jealous and controlling than ever. However, I’ve learned that it’s important for me to express my feelings and insecurities with my husband and the people closest to me. Most of all, I’ve learned to love my body for all of its strength and the ability to bring life into this world.
2. Practice Self-Care
I decided to take better care of myself. Women give up so much during pregnancy, so I decided to invest in something that would help me feel better in my own skin. I bought a package of massages, had my nails done every couple of weeks, and got a wax every month. I arrived at my office a half an hour later every day so I could go to the gym and walk to the office in the morning. I put myself first and set new priorities.
3. There's no better time to eat healthily
It's common for pregnant women to eat whatever they want because they know they’re going to gain weight anyway.
As soon as I found out I was expecting, I promised myself I wouldn't go down that road because I didn't want my pregnancy to be an excuse to overindulge or eat junk food. It wasn’t just because I didn't want to gain more weight than necessary, but I was also concerned about what eating poorly would have meant for me and the baby. As a recovered binge eater (if it’s ever something you truly recover from), I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. I was constantly hungry, my hormones were going cr