So here is what I say to you pregnant ladies out there, or Mom’s feeling blue because they didn’t get to execute their ultimate birth plan… LET GO AND LET BIRTH.
At my two week check up with my doctor, the same one I ran into buying my superfoods at Whole Foods, I had already dropped nearly 20 of the 24lbs I’d put on during my pregnancy. I had eaten nothing but my superfoods and smoothies through my birth and while I was in the hospital and at home, just giving my body what I felt were all the raw, bare, nutrient rich necessities it needed to heal fast and recover quicker than I would have normally. I was THRILLED! I am still waiting to work out, it’s been a month and I’m planning on slowly starting some light working out for the next week or so, and then starting back at Bikram yoga at 5 weeks post partum. I’ve experience no mood swings, no depression, and even though I’m getting very little sleep, my energy levels are still high, and I’m still able to function throughout the entire day on a high energy level, sometimes without even a nap. It feels so good knowing that all the work I put in during my pregnancy is actually paying off post partum.
Things didn’t really go the way I’d planned, but I’ve refused to feel guilty about any of it, or let it hinder the wonderful things that are happening daily as I’m turning into a Mom, and finding a new sense of womanhood all at the same time.
So I urge you to let go and let birth; the experience will be as amazing as you let it be, all on its own. Either way, you can do this. Your body was made to go through this experience and will tell you what it needs. Your baby needs you to be low-key and stress free so he/she can enter the world in a joyful environment. I was tortured by the fact that I couldn’t hold my daughter right away, but she’s gotten over it, and so have I, and I now spend hours each day holding her, which we love, and I’m certain makes up for it.