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.