Reading is one of my favorite hobbies! Since we have moved and still have much work left to do on our new home, I have not had much time to devote to diving into a story. My father-in-law bought a Sea-Doo the other day, and we have been out on the river playing as much as the weather allows. Isn’t that what summer is about anyway? Having fun in the sun?!
Allora, I also love reading. While my nieces were speeding away on the new water toy, I took some much needed time to dive into one of the few books I’m currently enjoying. Right now, I’m reading “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting” and “You Should Have Known,” a novel. Before family and friends get ahead of themselves, we are NOT expecting a precious angel baby or trying to get preggers… yet. When it is time for us to start trying, I want to be at my ultimate health and ready to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Having issues with eating disorders in my past, I always worry about my ability to conceive. I worry about this on a regular basis and have been praying for years for God to help me rest my concerns in faith. On a regular basis I say, “being a mom is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be without a doubt in my body.” So of course I worry from time to time about my health and how it will affect me getting pregnant.
Reading about these issues has eased my mind, thank you Jesus. The words that comforted me: “The best news of all? Approximately 80% of women whose eating disorders are successfully treated will regain their ability to conceive.” Again, THANK YOU JESUS! It is very, very likely that we will be able to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy!
I have also realized that even though I am still harsh on myself, my husband and I lead a fairly balanced lifestyle. I drink less than the allotted amount of caffeine daily, and will only need to focus on eliminating soft drinks. My strict vegetarian diet is ideal for a healthy life and a healthy baby, so I’m not concerned in that area. We eat lots of fruits, whole grains, and vegetables that provide proper nourishment and energy. I will continue with my vegetarianism, maybe veganism, during pregnancy and throughout my life. I firmly believe this transition has helped me heal from eating issues and fear and move into knowledge and care for my body and future.
I find it a little ironic: my knowledge and maternal instincts with babies is right on par, but I know very little about the pre-baby phase. Reading this book is opening my mind and mentally preparing me for pre-pregnancy. Once we do have a baby, I am aware all the motherly fears will settle in. As much as I know about little angel babies, I am well aware being a mother will be more challenging than I realize. But those worries are not for now. My main focus is preparing my body to the utmost health and position to home a perfect baby.
There is much left to cover in this informative book, but I am strangely feeling more at ease. The creation of life is nothing short of a miracle, even though there may be a lot of effort, preparation, and science behind the big-picture. I look forward to reading more and mindfully preparing myself, mainly my body, for a happy, healthy pregnancy… when the time comes.
What are you currently reading? Do you enjoy reading stories (like I usually do), or do you prefer informational books?
Dive into a book this summer and let the story take you on an adventure 🙂