Let’s be honest pregnancy is not always this beautiful, blissful experience that everyone wishes it was.
It is okay to acknowledge its truths, no matter how ugly they may seem.
The thing is social media has put this distorted view in our minds regarding pregnancy, parenting, fitness and so much more. We see perfection everywhere that we feel it’s a requirement; we feel like what we see on Instagram and Facebook must be what real life looks like or what real life should be.
The reality is, that perception and that image you see on Instagram isn’t everyone’s life – and that’s okay!
Although I would love to be a fitness guru at 8 months pregnant, while running my business, tending after my 4-year old, keeping a spotless house, cooking healthy meals daily and having plenty of energy left to hang out with my girlfriends…. the reality is that isn’t my life!
Big props to the women that can do just that; whoever they are! I am not speaking anything negative on their lives; but I am stressing the fact being that image, that lifestyle isn’t for everyone – and that’s okay!
Hey lady you are still winning!
The reality is your probably 30 pounds heavier than before you were pregnant. You are either going to have a clean house or have dinner cooked by 8pm. Energy these days seem to be non-existent, and you can’t remember the last time you took a moment out for yourself!
The reality is you probably hide from the camera because you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin. You smile when people joke about how big your belly has gotten, but in the inside, you just want to slap them. (No, just me?)
The reality is you may act as if you are 100% prepared and have it all figured out, but secretly you are probably scared out of your mind and hope you are doing everything right; whether this is your 1st or your 5th pregnancy, we still have fears and concerns at some point.
Be Real Be Happy
Ladies we have to understand that everything we see isn’t right; it isn’t real.
Our want or need to be perfect, the perfect mother or just the ideal human, makes it so much easier to take these things that we see and allow them to imprint on us and ultimately drive us crazy because we strive for the impossible.
One photo, one post, one video does not tell the entire story. It is only a piece of someone’s life. Most of the times it is the piece that they want us to see or that they create to promote the idea that they that have it all together!
And maybe she does!
But you don’t have to; you don’t need to!
Don’t break yourself trying to be perfect when all you have to do is live life and take in the experiences you are meant to have.
You are still great! You are still winning.
Your Journey just looks different than mine and hers!