Pregnancy is a magical and momentous, but often very tough time for a lot of women. From dealing with symptoms like nausea and extreme fatigue, and any other number of annoying niggles, it is also a highly emotional time, that can be fraught with anxiety.
Writer Dina Leygerman agrees with all this, but she recently wrote a piece for Romper that outlined the many reasons pregnancy should be celebrated.
She explained that during her first pregnancy, she found out she was high risk due to a heart condition.
“The combination of the condition and the constant monitoring took a toll on my morale, so celebrating myself and the unborn child became more difficult, I just wasn’t into any of it. All I wanted was a healthy baby.”
Dina suffered with severe pregnancy symptoms in addition to her own health condition.
“I had such awful morning sickness, I couldn’t even eat for the first three months. With the high-risk pregnancy, I had to have ultrasounds and monitoring every four weeks. I was constantly nauseous, had horrible heartburn, and was generally in a ton of pain everywhere.”After numerous ultrasounds and positive health news, however, Dina’s attitude changed.
“So, when I finally felt a little better, somewhere along the third trimester, I decided I wanted to celebrate the whole pregnancy thing. So, I did, and I don’t regret it not for a minute. It was a lovely time, and I felt celebrated and loved and cared for by my closest people.”
Women need to give themselves more credit for what their body is achieving, she adds.
“Why wouldn’t I celebrate the fact that my body was growing an actual human being. I was, all on my own, creating a person who would become part of the world. I was doing it. My body was working super hard to make a human and that is definitely worth celebrating.”
Here at Safe Motherhood Week we believe pregnancy should be celebrated and that’s why we are trying to #makemotherhoodcount. Share why you believe your pregnancy should be celebrated