I was sort of blindsided by my pregnancy.
I had never given being pregnant much thought, really.
I only thought about being a mom.
I figured there would be a few months before I gave birth, that I would look like me, but with a basketball under my shirt. And that’s about all I expected.
So when my whole life and body started changing I felt like I couldn’t catch up. I couldn’t wrap my head around it.
When I look back now I wish that I had known a few things. I am sure people told me some of them, but I needed to really believe them. So in hopes that I can help someone who is going through the same thing or will go through the same thing. Read this list and try your hardest to believe it. I know that every girl experiences pregnancy differently but this is what I now KNOW.
5. Your eyelashes will grow back.
What a strange side effect of pregnancy. No one told me I would lose eyelashes. They were thinner and shorter and I thought they would never be the same, but they are completely back to normal.
4. Stretch marks may not go away but they will fade considerably.
I felt like my chest had been in a fight with a tiger. All I knew was that stretch marks are permanent. Now all I can see are a few shimmery ribbons where dark red stripes once were. I like the ribbons too, they remind me of the sacrifices I made for my sweet little boy.
3. You will be you again.
Pregnancy totally took over my life. Between throwing up, doctor appointments, showers, prepping, planning and the endless baby questions and conversations I sometimes wondered if I would ever be me again. Am I just a mom now with no identity outside of that? Will I ever be Cara again?
WOW. This one is a biggie. I wish I had known that I would Cara again, it would just be better. So much better. It takes balancing but you will get there.
2. Your body is NOT ruined.
We are women. This is what your body was made for! It’s a baby making machine! Your body may not ever be quite the same but you will definitively be amazed at how much your body will bounce back.
1. It IS worth it.
My pregnancy was anything but easy. I was sick, I gained 50 lbs (how I did that throwing up saltines 5 times a day I will never know) and I worked full time up until the day I gave birth…and I would do it all 5 times over to have Christian in my life. He is heaven. He doubled my capacity for love and joy. And I don’t just love him, I love being his mom. It is an honor.