Pregnancy and motherhood are among the best gifts that women can receive, but it cannot be denied that we also live in harsh realities.
There is no doubt that becoming mothers makes us women full of new superpowers, it inflates our hearts, it presents us with unconditional love and it changes our lives. But no matter how positive and enriching this experience is, we cannot deny that this new stage of life is complex and makes us face new scenarios that we are sometimes unaware of.
On the other hand, our bodies begin to change from pregnancy and this seems like a one-way trip. Hormones transform us and when we least expect it, it’s time to bring our baby into the world. Yes, we know that it is impossible to describe pregnancy and motherhood in two short lines.
For this reason, we share the magnificent work of an important illustrator, who wanted to reflect on how to live the transition from pregnancy to birth of the baby.
What motherhood is like, according to Amanda Oleander
The bond we form with the baby from the first day is indescribable. When we receive the news that we have a being that grows in us over several months and until the moment of delivery, each experience marks us.
Amanda Oleander knows all this very well. Who, with her illustrations, makes many mother feel identified with her creations. Here we go!
- Positive: we are expecting a baby
Sometimes it is a wanted baby and on many occasions, its arrival in our lives takes us by surprise. Each experience is unique and a roller coaster of emotions is unleashed within us. And also, in our partner.
- Nᴀᴜsᴇᴀ, one of the first changes
Sometimes ɴᴀᴜsᴇᴀ is the warning that something new is happening in our body. Then, they settle for long days during the first stage of our pregnancy.
- Constipation also appears
Hormonal changes cause difficulties going to the bathroom, usually during the first trimester of pregnancy. Couldn’t expect less! Our body works hard to form a human being.
- Sleep, sleep and sleep
Tiredness invades us on occasions and alone or accompanied, our relationship with the bed is strengthened. Also, it never ʜᴜʀᴛs to give love to whoever is in our belly, before resting together.
- The thrill of the first kick
Among games, joys and many emotions, one of the most special moments is when we receive the first kick from our beloved baby. An unforgettable experience for the whole family!
- Hello back ᴘᴀɪɴ
We cannot control back ᴘᴀɪɴ, it will come in due time to remind us that our belly grows and grows. In addition, we will try new alternatives to relieve discomfort with different postures, from bed to shower.
- Second trimester vs. Third trimester
The second trimester is usually the most bearable, as we say goodbye to ɴᴀᴜsᴇᴀ and extreme tiredness. We only have the enjoyment of the changes in our body, meals and moments of relaxation. But when the third trimester arrives, the experience is indescribable and new sʏᴍᴘᴛᴏᴍs appear in this cycle.
- Son, do you hear us?
It is a real tenderness that moment in which we notice that our baby recognizes sounds. Playing music and talking to him is one of the most exciting experiences.
- Preparations never end
The arrival of the baby is getting closer and opening a space for him is important.
- From emotion to fear
It is normal that just as you feel lucky and radiant, you are also afraid of the new adventure that is about to begin. Just breathe!
- The day has come
Rest and organization time stop, because it is the most important day!
- Welcome home!
A new life begins and care does not end. Mom, you need to be taken care of, you need to rest and the baby wants food.
- Postpartum: a new stage
Motherhood begins with everything. Constant contact with our baby is important, feeding it, taking care of our body, taking rest… everything happens at the same time.
- Mom, this is just the beginning
After sleepless nights, new routines, adaptation periods, unconditional love and the beautiful bond with your baby will begin.
Undoubtedly, pregnancy is the beginning of an incomparable journey, where our love will be endless. Our patience will grow, a long learning path will begin and we will overcome difficulties that we never imagined..