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5 Stigmas in Pregnancy to Break Free Of

Pregnancy is a beautiful and transformative journey that brings joy, excitement, and sometimes challenges. As an expectant mother, it's important to remember that your experience is unique, and it's okay to normalize certain aspects that may not align with societal expectations. Let’s talk about the five things to normalize in your pregnancy, promoting self-acceptance and a positive mindset. As members of the pregnancy community, we are here together to help you embrace this experience! 

Keyword: normalize in your pregnancy

1. C-Section is an Easy Way Out

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One thing to normalize in your pregnancy is getting rid of the stigma surrounding cesarean births. It's essential to understand that a cesarean delivery is not the "easy way out" or a failure. Every birth experience is valid and should be celebrated. Whether you give birth vaginally or through a planned C-section, what matters most is the safe arrival of your baby and your well-being. Let's support and uplift all mothers, regardless of their chosen birthing method.

2. Breastfeeding is the Way to Feed 

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Breastfeeding is a personal choice. Another aspect to normalize is the decision not to breastfeed. While breastfeeding is a natural and beneficial way to nourish your baby, it's important to recognize that it may not be the right choice for everyone. Whether due to personal preference, medical reasons, or other circumstances, it's okay to turn to formula as your feeding method. The most important thing is that your baby is fed and growing. All feeding choices should be respected!

3. Seeking Help is a Sign of Weakness 

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WRONG! Pregnancy can bring about a range of emotions, including anxiety and depression, especially if you’re like me and have a history of both without pregnancy being in the equation! It's crucial to normalize the need for medication and therapy to manage these mental health challenges during and after pregnancy. Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-care. There are safe options available that can support your well-being and ensure a healthy pregnancy experience. Now is the time to break the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage open conversations about seeking support. There is no time for unnecessary stress in pregnancy!

4. You're Allowed to NOT Love Every Minute of Pregnancy 

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While pregnancy and motherhood are incredible blessings, it's important to be mindful of the fact that it's not always easy or enjoyable every minute of the day. It's okay to have moments of discomfort, fatigue, and even frustration. Embracing the realities of pregnancy and motherhood means acknowledging and accepting the ups and downs that come along with it. Society is definitely getting better at providing supporting resources for expectant mothers and creating a space that allows them to share their experiences honestly and support each other through the challenges.

5. Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

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Lastly, we need to normalize the idea that self-care is not selfish, but essential during pregnancy! Once again for the people in the back, SELF-CARE IS NOT SELFISH.  Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is crucial for a healthy and happy pregnancy journey. Resting when needed, indulging in activities that bring you joy, and setting boundaries are all part of putting yourself first for the sake of your AND your baby’s health. Remember, by prioritizing your well-being, you will be better equipped to care for your baby.  We need to start encouraging and supporting each other in practicing self-care without guilt. It starts here !

Each and every one of us is different and will have unique pregnancy experiences. As you begin your journey, it's important to remember that it's perfectly acceptable to normalize certain aspects that align with your own choices and experiences and not go by society’s norms. This includes things like acknowledging that C-sections aren’t an easy way out, and breastfeeding isn’t a must, or trying different ways in coping with mental health, and prioritizing self-care. These methods are crucial for ensuring a joyful and healthy pregnancy. Our mission is to come together to celebrate the diversity of motherhood and create a supportive community where every mother feels acknowledged, listened to, and empowered. Embrace this time, trust your instincts, and savor this as a time of anticipation, but also personal growth. You will know what’s best for you. Listen to yourself, and your doctors of course! 

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