Who thought pregnancy was easy?
No one, ever! However, many first mothers have this idea in their heads that the birthing experience will be all rainbows and unicorns. Let me burst that bubble for you because pregnancy is never like that.
Don’t get me wrong having a baby is a beautiful thing but it isn’t effortless. That’s what this artist learned when she had her first child. It turns out her pregnancy didn’t go as expected and had some ‘complications.’
Thankfully it all turned out okay, but she illustrated some of those moments so other mothers going through it won’t feel alone.
And this is how her story unfolds.
As you can imagine her story didn’t go as expected.
“I didn’t have a lot of photos to document my ‘birthing experience’ as it was all so sudden.”
“I’m also most comfortable with telling stories using comics.”
She was frightened because she had heard a story of another woman.
She had a seizure, and was ‘out’ for what seemed a very long time. That frightened me a bit, but it frightened my husband more. I just hoped the baby would come out OK.
Some complications arose when she was 36 weeks pregnant.
“I don’t know what’s more unpleasant: getting a catheter inserted into your pee hole, or a paper cut on your eyeball.”
Her husband, however, was very supportive throughout the process.
Thankfully she gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy.
She did have to stay in the hospital for a little longer though.
And it was quite hard for her to breastfeed.
“My son wouldn’t latch. Out of everything I’d been through, this is what caused me the most stress.”
“It’s often said ‘breast is best,’ and I felt like a failure every time I couldn’t pump enough milk, and my son was given a bottle of formula instead.”
“I loved my nurses. One gave me ice chips when I was feeling dehydrated, and one wiped my bloody, clot-y vagina when I was writhing in pain and couldn’t get up to go to the bathroom.”
So it was a bittersweet goodbye.
But it was all okay at the end of the day.
“If you feel depressed, or bad that you didn’t go through the ‘ideal’ birthing experience, do reach out to others. You don’t have to feel alone in all this.”
“I get quite a bit of email from moms who have been through what I have. Sometimes you can feel alone in a birthing experience.”
Did you find her story inspiring? And could you relate to it? Comment down below and let us know.