It's interesting how many pregnant women tell me how much they worry about putting on weight, stretch marks, losing fitness, strength and the list goes on. My thighs are bigger, my rib cage enormous, my skin discoloured with pigmentation and marked with acne and veins. But all I see when I look in the mirror is me at my most feminine. My swelling belly, my full breasts all part of this gift to carry and birth a child. I cannot stop looking at myself in wonderment as to how my body can change and adapt to grow a tiny human. How could anything be more amazing than that? I'm focusing on nutrition to help her grow, yoga and strength to help me birth and meditation and mindfulness to help me labour. And I'm so grateful to have a man who sees me as a nothing short of a goddess who supported me while I floated in the pool meditating this afternoon for over an hour. It can feel like a huge sacrifice. I'm much less able to do so many things, but I have never felt so much like a woman in my life! It is but a short and precious moment in time and there'll be plenty of time for toning and strength gains later.
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