Spe­cial­ist Ed’s Note

Your Pregnancy - - Contents -

Although preg­nancy is a nor­mal state for a woman, it is in­deed, an al­tered state. It’s a time of pro­found change on ev­ery level. While preg­nancy grows on you phys­i­cally, so too does your mind, and your emo­tions stand in line for some wham­mies. Preg­nancy is a time of tran­si­tion, of be­ing in-be­tween places as a woman. While your body seems to have a mind of its own, and the phys­i­cal changes go from be­ing sub­tle to ob­vi­ous in a very short space of time, your heart and soul of­ten take time to catch up. Es­pe­cially if the preg­nancy is a sur­prise! While we so of­ten talk about the phys­i­o­log­i­cal changes, we sel­dom speak about the tsunami of emo­tions we go through that are sup­posed to be “nor­mal”, but oh, so don’t feel like that. Of­ten there are feel­ings of ex­cite­ment, then feel­ings of dread. Feel­ings of be­ing blessed, cou­pled with feel­ings of re­sent­ment. Sud­denly watch­ing a sad movie or ad­vert on TV sends you into a fit of tears, and poverty-stricken fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially chil­dren, seem to ap­pear in your con­scious­ness much more than they did be­fore. Peo­ple seem to think they have a li­cence to touch you and your belly and ask you all sorts of ques­tions that you haven’t even thought of, done no re­search on and only cause you to panic and won­der if you’ll ever be a good mother. At times you feel gor­geous, fruit­ful, sexy and pow­er­ful as you cre­ate a life within your body. Other times you feel as full and as round as a tick! Wel­come to the world of preg­nancy, the train­ing pe­riod that’s sup­posed to pre­pare you for moth­er­hood. A time where you learn a lot, laugh a bit, and cry more than you think. Hope­fully the ar­ti­cles and the sto­ries in this magazine will open up your eyes to the fact that you’re not alone.

With love,

PEO­PLE SEEM TO THINK THEY HAVE A LI­CENCE TO TOUCH YOU AND YOUR BELLY AND ASK YOU ALL SORTS OF QUES­TIONS

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