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Generally pregnancy is considered as a job of raising a child though it is not the case. Pregnancy is also about raising yourself as a parent. Pregnancy is the time through which you are trained as a parent and the nine months are the period that trains you for the role you are to attend further on in life.
The journey from an individual to a parent proves to be life changing. If you are sensitive enough to pay attention to the pregnancy symptoms and cues by the time your baby arrives in the world for you to love and take care of you will be ready for him or her.
The basic aim of pregnancy is to indicate you to slow down. Growing up a baby is physically straining. Your life changes a lot and you are not able to live life on the same pace as you used to. You require more rest, sleep and more time to yourself after your baby has arrived.
Usually women rest a lot especially in the first and last trimester of their pregnancies. This is what will be required even after the baby arrives as you will be willing to cash in your sleep as much as you can before putting in those late night feeding hours.
Also you may require to let go of a lot of activities that you were involved in earlier, such as late night partying. Even during pregnancies most women don’t find the energy in themselves to party and end up at home eating takeaway and going to bed early. Same will be the case once with the baby arrives especially in the first few months when late night baby feeds replace late night parties.
It is evident that life slows down a lot during pregnancy and you have to let go of a lot of things as you lose the energy and desire to do everything that you used to. A woman will know when she’s pregnant when her body starts to display all the common symptoms of pregnancy. But all is not lost as you not only let go of things you also gain time for some. You may let go of netball, running and parties but you may have time now for some extra sleep, yoga and beach walks. Similarly leisure time and independence may seem compromised but it is replaced by the authority of being a parent, having fun family time and cute cuddles first thing in the morning besides strengthening the connection with humanity.
Most women dislike their pregnant body and they would want the body of someone else which is toned and tanned and also completely shapely. Wider shoulders, flatter bums and longer legs are what every women desire. Being pregnant gives you a chance to love your body the way it is. The realization that your body has the tremendous power to nurture, grow and give birth to a child is a refreshing thought. The important thing is not how your body looks rather how well it functions. This is also what a mother wants for her kids to be healthy rather than being body obsessed.
Also during pregnancy you go through some deep and disturbing emotional feelings, another common pregnancy symptoms. At times you may feel like bursting out in tears on some minor issue whereas sometimes you may experience unexplained panic like how you are going to raise a baby and if you will succeed in it.
You also tend to get emotional on different behaviors of your partner. For example being late a few minute may trigger a panic as to how he will commit as a parent if time management is not in his control. Emotions tend to get out of control during pregnancy and this is just the beginning of the journey as a parent. You experience emotions and intensity as never felt before. Teaching your kids how to control their emotion is the greatest gift a parent can give to your kids.
Also during pregnancy caring for the baby includes taking care of oneself. Everything you do whether rest, eat or exercise all actions have their impact on the health and welfare of the baby. This is a job that should be performed diligently and willingly through pregnancy ”taking care of yourself”.
As soon as your baby arrives you will realize that you are too busy with the baby and don’t have time for yourself and this may lead to fatigue and emotio0nal exhaustion. This is a lesson that is learned in pregnancy that you can take good care of the baby only if you take good care of yourself. We advised that it is best to start preparing once your body starts to display pregnancy symptoms.