Motherhood came upon me unexpectedly.
I was drowning in grief and my pregnancy was completely unplanned.
I was mourning the end of my father’s life.
I was mourning the relationship that we could no longer have.
I was terrified of what I would lose in motherhood.
I thought that my mental health, my freedom, and my career were all at risk.
What I didn’t know was that birthing my child would birth a new chapter for me personally as well.
Instead of loss, I found new beginnings.
I started feeding myself more intentionally.
I started drinking enough water.
I started saying “no” when “yes” didn’t feel right.
I started putting more emphasis on what was right for me and less on what others expected from me.
I started moving my body for the sake of how it made me feel.
I started healing parts of me that had long been neglected.
I started dreaming about my future again.
I started going outside every day.
I started to focus on what I really wanted out of life and let the rest fall to the side.
My mental health flourished.
I changed careers.
Becoming pregnant and having a child was the start of so many wonderful changes in my life.
Instead of losing myself to motherhood, I found incentive to find myself again.
Stepping into parenthood is a unique journey for each of us, but no one ever told me that it could bring so many positive things.
What new beginnings do you hope for?