WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT THE BABY MAKING BODY ROLLERCOASTER FROM SOME AMAZING MUMS
We lol-ed, we sympathetically nodded, we stood aghast and we screamed at injustices. This is what happens when you get 14 mums, and mums-to-be, together on a cold February night in Edinburgh to talk about post partum (post birth) bodies.
Here are some of my fave quotes from the night including some of the best nuggets of advice for anyone thinking of having a baby in the future.
Special thanks go to Fiona Young from Young Scot who came along to talk to us about the project Young Scot are about to launch to help new young parents with what they may experience as they become mums and dads, and Stella Hervey Birrell who performed one of her beautiful poems which celebrates her post baby body.
I’m honoured to have been around these women, to encourage the telling of these tales. To have felt their warmth and wisdom, to share concerns and to have been blessed with this knowledge as I may well require it some day in the future, hopefully.
ON GETTING/ BEING PREGNANT
“I’ve been told since I was a teenager that the worst thing which you could EVER do, was get pregnant, so even though we were trying for a baby, when the test said ‘yes’ all the blood drained out of my body. I instantly thought: People are gonna think I’m an idiot for falling pregnant!”
“Growing hair inside your belly (on your baby's head) is so weird.”
“I grew a penis!”
“Pregnancy gave me strong nails and thick and luscious hair”
“I hated being pregnant. I thought I'd be glowing but I had really bad skin and gums during pregnancy and I started snoring”