Looking Back with Chelsey
In the "Looking Back" series, I'll be chatting with mothers to reflect back on their pregnancy, birth and postpartum periods. They'll share what they wish they knew during these times, and areas where they felt confident. They have the chance to share about all three of these periods, or just one.
I met Chelsey several years ago when we worked together in college, however, we actually became closer after graduating. Chelsey was the first of my friends to have a baby, and when I told her of my aspiration to become a doula, she was one of my main supporters. Chelsey lives in Ohio with her husband, Jarrod and their precious daughter, Lydia. Chelsey is also a professional writer, so having featured on my blog is slightly nerve wracking.
What is one thing you wish you knew during pregnancy, birth and/or postpartum?
During pregnancy, I think I really underestimated everything that was about to change my life completely. I remember having such a simple, satisfying pregnancy but not understanding how much the end result was going to change my perspective on life. So many people tell you how exciting it is to become a new mom, but no one really opens up about the postpartum depression and hardships you might face. I think it's important that we learn to be more open and honest about both sides of the spectrum.
What is one thing you rocked during pregnancy, birth and/or postpartum?
During my pregnancy, I went to the gym up until the day before I gave birth. Someone actually came up to me while I was walking on the treadmill one day and asked if I planned on bringing my newborn in with me tomorrow. Lol. I also set serious boundaries about sharing pictures of my belly (and soon to be baby) on social media because it's just not my style. This annoyed a lot of people - and probably still does - but it doesn't bother me.
When I gave birth, I did it completely unmedicated! My mom had all three of us unmedicated and she inspired me to do the same. It was unbelievable, but it's something I'm super proud of.
Postpartum I learned how to open up about my feelings. Having a baby truly toyed with my hormones and made me appreciate the strong support system I have. Having a baby taught me how to be selfless, but it also taught me how to take better care of myself. They say the secret to a happy baby is a happy mom, and I think this is 100 percent true.