I went to my 32 week growth check ultrasound today. This pregnancy, while desired, has been excruciatingly hard for me in both physical and mental ways. I have had chronic nausea, insomnia, nightmares, exhaustion, dehydration, and anemia. I have been experiencing severe sciatic nerve pain and literal terror at the idea of undergoing a fourth labor. Yes, I know that in comparison to women with genuinely difficult pregnancies, this is nothing, but it has been all I can handle, especially with 3 toddlers. Mentally, all the physical symptoms have taken their toll as well.
Embracing who you are is one of the hardest but most important things that we can do as a human person.
Who am I? Do I matter? What do I have to offer? Am I important, valued, loved?
Self-doubt and the eternal love-hate relationship with ourselves colors every aspect of our lives. If we could resolve it, it would resolve everything – from depression and bullying, to suicide and gender confusion.
Could the solution be simpler than we think?