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. 28th June 2013 / 6:27 am

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

    • 28th June 2013 / 7:25 am

      It really does. It definitely makes you think! xx

  2. 28th June 2013 / 10:26 am

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

    • 28th June 2013 / 9:20 pm

      Yay! The power of childbirth 😉 xx

  3. 28th June 2013 / 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!

    • 28th June 2013 / 9:20 pm

      I’m so glad you found yourself 🙂 Amazing! xx

  4. 28th June 2013 / 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

    • 28th June 2013 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks love 🙂 It’s pretty painful today!

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

  5. 29th June 2013 / 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 😉

    • 29th June 2013 / 10:10 pm

      Haha thank you 🙂 xx

  6. 9th July 2013 / 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

    • 11th July 2013 / 6:48 pm

      It’s a great way to get through things 🙂

      Thanks for your comment 🙂 xx

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