Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom. ~Harriette Hartigan
The past nine months were not filled with rainbows an butterflies. I had a difficult first trimester and I have gained 50lbs – currently still feeling horrible about my body. My self esteem has dropped significantly and no matter how much compliments we get from people saying “you’re blooming”… when you look in the mirror, you still see a different you. I guess it’s normal for us women to feel this way because our bodies really undergo sooo much change.
However, instead of dwelling on the superficial and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d rather cherish every minute left of it. Now that baby is about to come, I realise how truly beautiful this journey of pregnancy is. The wonder of growing a life inside me is my only chance to participate in God’s miracle and I am truly blessed. 🙂
Pregnancy is a process that invites you to surrender to the unseen force behind all life.
On my 38th week, I made a last minute decision to do a maternity shoot. Despite being so big, heavy, and ready to pop anytime, my sweet husband encouraged me to still do this as a memorable keepsake for me and our first baby. I thank him and my photographers, Manny and April, for being so patient and for making me look beautifully big. Hehe 🙂
I know not everyone would want to do a shoot like this but you would be surprised at how inspiring and heart melting the experience was. Looking at the photos and remembering the journey will definitely fill your heart with joy and pride. So maybe, give it a try. If you don’t want to hire a professional photographer, you can ask your husband to take photos of you. Choose your favourite comfortable and preggy-flattering clothes, get your hair done, and go to your garden and pose! It can be as simple as taking a selfie but with the bump this time. 🙂
I encourage all new moms like myself to try your best (I know it’s hard) to still feel good about yourselves. Never mind the stretch marks and the fats, they will all go away in time. And even if they don’t, who would care? Your husband would love you more because those marks will remind him that you carried your child for nine months inside of you. You’re a mom now. You are a strong and beautiful woman and you have a beautiful baby, a beautiful family. You are complete.
Sharing with you some of the photos from our lovely shoot. Wishing all my pregnant readers a wonderful pregnancy!
To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings. ~Anne Christian Buchanan