HELLO

Your Pregnancy - - News - TSHOLOFELO MODISE ED­I­TOR

Hav­ing a baby doesn’t just change you, it has a pro­found ef­fect on the re­la­tion­ships you have with those around you. I’m not just talk­ing about your rag­ing preg­nancy hor­mones turn­ing you into momzilla; I’m re­fer­ring to a very se­ri­ous con­cern that women have dur­ing preg­nancy. You want to know if you’ll get your life back af­ter hav­ing a baby, or if this new ad­di­tion means you’ll be on lock down for the rest of your life. This con­cern was es­pe­cially true for me as I was the first in my peer group to get mar­ried and have ba­bies. For­tu­nately, I have very un­der­stand­ing friends who don’t hound me for at­ten­tion and let me be. It was also re­as­sur­ing to know that I didn’t have to feel guilty about ne­glect­ing them, be­cause they un­der­stood where my life was. I do have a group of mom friends who I’ve ac­quired with age and are an in­cred­i­ble sup­port sys­tem, but my child­hood and var­sity friends are al­ways there. And whether we meet for lunch or are sup­port­ing each other at an im­por­tant cel­e­bra­tion or life event, we pick up right where we left off. The gift of such friend­ship has been an in­valu­able source of love and com­fort for me. If you’re strug­gling with this, read what Lisa Lazarus has to say in her ar­ti­cle What Hap­pens to Friend­ships af­ter Baby on page 34. We also have some great ad­vice for those moms who are Fly­ing Solo on page 32. Keep us up­dated on your preg­nancy jour­ney and do tell us what you think of this is­sue. Un­til next time..

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