I Heart My Body

It’s I Heart My Body time! We Heart Life is hosting their third annual I Heart My Body campaign. What’s it all about? Embracing your body, loving yourself, and sharing that love with the world! People around the world will be sharing what they love about their bodies through their blogs, facebook, instagram, twitter… feel the love!

When I was asked to think about what I love about my body, it was a no brainer. Right now I feel incredibly blessed to be 21 weeks into my second pregnancy. I know many, many people who have had great difficulty trying to conceive, and some who haven’t been able to achieve their dream of being parents. I can’t imagine that heart break, we have been so lucky to fall pregnant quickly, to have a healthy daughter and to (so far!) have another healthy baby on the way.

This was not the future I imagined for myself when, in my early teens, I sat in the doctors office with my Mum and was told that my chances of conceiving children were very slim. I have Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome, which means I have lots of cysts on my ovaries (and a whole bunch of other lovely symptoms – extra body hair, pimples, extra body weight – yay!). I’m lucky that my PCOS is pretty mild and was kept in check with month after month, year after year of medication.

When Paul and I started planning for a baby I was fairly skeptical. I had no hopes. I didn’t want to allow myself any hope, just in case. So it was with great surprise and extreme joy that I read that positive pregnancy test at around 5am in the morning one day in March 2009. I literally sprinted down the hallway and jumped on a sleeping Paul, my heart nearly pounding out of my chest. Now, here we are again, going for round two.

So, why do I love my body? Because it has given me the greatest and most unexpected gift of all – to become a mother. To grow a healthy baby, to feed that baby with my body, to play with that child every day with a body that can run and jump and climb. I LOVE my body for giving me that gift. For giving us that gift.

{October 2012, 20 weeks pregnant with Baby #2}

{January 2010, 5 days overdue with Pebble}

Tell the world – why do you love your body?

45 Replies to “I Heart My Body”

  1. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

    I am so glad PCOS hasn’t robbed you of your dreams to become a Mother, because it really is a most horrible condition.

    And you really are a most beautiful Mother,

    Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy :)

    xo

  2. I was sent this way to you via twitter, I haven’t participated today because I am pregnant too. However, I haven’t looked at my body in the way you have today, and it’s beautiful and has made me re-think the way I have been looking at myself recently. xx
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  3. I’m so glad PCOS hasn’t stopped you having children like it can for others. I’ve had my own issues with fertility and I understand that not getting your hopes up way of thinking and not wanting to be disappointed… then the insane joy when you find out you’re pregnant. Indescribable!

    You look amazing – belly shots are my favourite :)
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    1. I just couldn’t hold that news in :) I also wanted to explain was I was being such a nana. I felt so ill and was SO unbelieveably tired. I went to bed early the first night there and all my blogging mates stayed up late with their iPads and laptops. I thought “why can’t I just stay up!?”. But I. just. couldn’t. It will all be worth it.

    1. Good luck Rach! I have fingers and toes crossed that the your plan to smack PCOS back into it’s box works for you. I was quite healthy and fit when I got pregnant first time round, partly to get pregnant and partly motivated (mostly!) by my wedding plans LOL Either way, it worked very well, and they say that once your body figures it out once, it’s easier to get pregnant again. Thinking of you x

  4. Cute bump! I have PCOS too. It took me five years before I conceived my first child, but I would have never guessed that in another five years after that first one I’d have four more kids! Triplets kind of help speed things up like that. You’re blessed that you didn’t have difficulty, because it really does suck. So does the extra hair. I’m really hate the hair on my chiny chin chin.
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  5. Oh, look at your belly with Pebble, so cute! I think pregnancy is so amazing and it certainly is something to love your body for! xoxo
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    1. Thank you Nat! And so sorry that your comment didn’t come through straight away. So happy to see it here now x

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