I was sat with friends having a catch up yesterday and we got to talking about the bump in the room – namely mine and I am finding every time I chat to people the subject of giving birth and babies comes up!
It’s interesting listening to everyone’s stories – some good – some bad and I have been trying to take it all on board and taking tips and hints from people and choosing to remember them or forget them if they don’t apply to me – it’s been great that people are so keen to share 🙂
The thing I was thinking about today is that it is not so dissimilar to that of running your first race/marathon. I figured:
- Both have pain (I am sure giving birth is more painful – I’ll tell you in April) and both can be quite daunting if you haven’t done them before.
- Both require good preparation and training. Not being prepared for a marathon both physically and mentally can be extremely detrimental to your performance, and not being mentally and physically ready for giving birth I am sure can have repercussions! I’m trying to do my yoga and walks when I can but have been quite sick so it hasn’t always been possible.
- I read a lot of books in preparation for my first marathon and am doing the same ready for the birth of my first child.
- Running a marathon is even better when you have friends and family support you as I am finding that having a baby is the same too. Having people to share stories, worries and excitement with reminds me of when I was running my marathons – I drove my husband nuts but equally it was awesome to have someone to chat to about it all. My friends and family have been so awesome getting me through my 21 weeks of pregnancy so far. It’s really helped having people to chat to when they have been there and done it. Although some of the stories have been scary – trying not to think of those!
- Running the second marathon or having a second baby gets easier (to an extent). All of my friends that have had children have said to me that the second one (or third, fourth…) has been so much easier than the first because they knew what to expect – in some ways a marathon is like that too. We still push hard, if not harder than the first marathon but we know what to expect and what is coming. The pain is still there unfortunately!
- Forgetting the pain after? A lot of people keep saying to me – “oh once the baby comes out you’ll forget about the pain! I’m not sure I will ever forget the pain of pregnancy let alone birth! I have been sick right up to 21 weeks and unfortunately still going and I am pretty sure I won’t forget the pain of birth from what other people have told me about it” but I can see how having a beautiful bundle in my arms may take some of the pain away and be all worth it. Marathons for me were a little bit similar in finishing – being so relieved and pumped to have finished – and those aches and pains the next day after but to be honest the satisfaction of completing a marathon probably won’t compare to having my baby – but I’m looking forward to being able to say I have done (and survived) both in a few short months 🙂
That’s all I can think of for the moment. Feel free to share your thoughts 🙂