Motherhood, Pregnancy

The Empowering Nature of Childbirth

Yesterday I found myself sitting in the dentist’s chair at 9am about to have a root canal. Yup, I know, fun right? I can think of ways I’d much rather spend a Thursday morning: in bed with a cup of tea playing with a mini Munchkin? Much more preferable. Or how about in bed with a cup of tea, a mini Munchkin asleep, and a quiet, calm wake up? Ok, ok, a girl can dream.

Pre-Baby the dentist terrified me. So terrified that I didn’t go for almost four years. Then I ate a crazy amount of fruit when I was pregnant and the pains began. I kept denying that I was actually in pain as the thought of going to the dentist filled me with utter dread… But I ended up at the emergency dentist around 5 weeks ago, and the rest is history.

As I sat there in the dentists chair I repeated (in my head): “It can’t be worse than childbirth. It can’t be worse than childbirth.” And you know what? It wasn’t exactly pleasurable, but it wasn’t even close to the pain of childbirth.

I’ve found myself repeating this a lot recently; when I’ve been nervous, when I’ve been scared, when I’ve been sad – I remind myself that I gave birth.

I did it.

It seems so surreal now; like it never happened. The memories have faded, making it seem like it was a subliminal dream. A (rather painful but incredible) figment of my imagination.

But it did happen.

I gave birth to a perfect little person. I grew her in my belly. I pushed her out of me with all my might.

I did that.

And I continue to be her mother. Be strong for her. Love her unconditionally.

It gives one such a sense of power knowing what one is truly capable of; what one can really do when pushed to the very limits. Stretched in unimaginable ways.

So yes, I’ll admit that I’m still pretty scared of the dentist – it doesn’t help that mine is a bit of a prick. But you know what? I can get through it. I will get through it. I’m not saying that I welcome root canals, don’t be silly! But since giving birth I feel like I can conquer most things.
Hannah

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12 Comments

  1. Carie

    28th June 2013 at 6:27 am

    So true! Having babies, and parenting them, reveals the inner strength you didn’t know you had.

    1. Hannah

      28th June 2013 at 7:25 am

      It really does. It definitely makes you think! xx

  2. farfromhomemama

    28th June 2013 at 10:26 am

    I’m exactly the same. There’s very little I’m scared of any more. Bring it on!

    1. Hannah

      28th June 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Yay! The power of childbirth πŸ˜‰ xx

  3. Victoriaaa

    28th June 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Chilbirth changed me so much..in a weird way it gave me so much confidence..I was a shy one before but suddenly I could be myself!! Very empowering!

    1. Hannah

      28th June 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I’m so glad you found yourself πŸ™‚ Amazing! xx

  4. The Handmade Mum

    28th June 2013 at 6:34 pm

    So true about it feeling surreal and like a dream, I might try thinking this whenever I am nervous.
    P.S hope the tooth doesn’t hurt too much! x

    1. Hannah

      28th June 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks love πŸ™‚ It’s pretty painful today!

      It’s definitely worth thinking if you’re ever in a vulnerable position xx

  5. Franglaise Mummy

    29th June 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Such a true post, and I think most of my mummy friends will agree with you. Glad the dentist trip was not as painful as childbirth πŸ˜‰

    1. Hannah

      29th June 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Haha thank you πŸ™‚ xx

  6. Tori Wel

    9th July 2013 at 9:15 pm

    This is absolutely how I get through anything these days!! And also when I haven’t had much sleep, I compare it to how long I was in labour. Thank you so much for linking to PoCoLo and sorry for the delay in commenting xx

    1. Hannah

      11th July 2013 at 6:48 pm

      It’s a great way to get through things πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚ xx

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