When a woman carries a baby, her body inevitable changes and post pregnancy body image is something that surely every single mum has contemplated as she looks at herself in the mirror in the days, weeks and months after giving birth.
You may remember that I was desperate to avoid an induction and after a failed sweep at 41+1, I managed to get in for another one at 41+4, which got things started! Our beautiful baby Martha is now 3 days old and here’s her birth story. Just as a side note, I have gone into detail here and there is a photo with the placenta, just in case that’s not something you want to see!
In July 2014 I gave birth to Toby at 39 weeks 6 days gestation, without any intervention. Whilst I know that every pregnancy is different – and goodness knows I’ve had that theory proved from day one this time – I felt pretty confident that my body would just do it pretty much the same again when it came to giving birth.
Between the usual pregnancy strains and SPD, sleeping can definitely be considered more wishful thinking than night time reality. My hips, pelvis and back really hurt overnight and the increasing weight of my bump needs support; let’s not even talk about turning over! Dreamgenii kindly offered to send me one of their highly acclaimed pregnancy pillows and I’ve been trying it out for a few weeks now.
I’ve been unsure whether to write this or not and indeed whether to use the word ‘anxiety’ because I’m not even sure that’s what I’m feeling! Anxiety about child birth is a really normal thing, but with each day that I’m overdue, I’m finding it harder to shut my brain down and today a lot of thoughts and emotions came spilling out.