You can read about it, maybe watch authentic birth videos, talk to other moms,
but you will never know what it truly feels like until you experience it for yourself.
People might try to prepare you and tell you about their experience but is that actually what
you want when you feel the fear of the unknown coming over you?
Release expectations, release control. When I share that it's hard and stressful,
I don't necessarily want to hear suggestions or advice. I just want to know that I will have someone
for me by my side when I'll need them, when that moment comes around.
I need to hear reminders of staying grounded in the present and allowing space for my emotions
to exist and arise even if they may be irrational.
The next time you feel yourself becoming worried over what might be once you turn the page into
the biggest adventure of your life, remember what it is that you really need from others or even from yourself.
Are you able to speak kindly to yourself? Are you able to comfort that little child inside of you that
just wants predictability and control? Focus on staying in the present moment and thinking
about what it is you love about your pregnancy, about your life as a pregnant person, about your relationship at this very moment?
After you've connected to yourself in the here and now, you can calmly start to imagine your life with your newborn.