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Every mama deserves a bravery award

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They say that childbirth can be likened to running a marathon. Literally, that’s what energy and effort is required from the body.

Wow.

So let’s take a look at the reaction one gets from running a marathon – “that’s amazing”, “I can’t believe you did that, I never could”, “that must be such a sense of achievement, you’re an inspiration”. At least, this is what I imagine the response would be. I myself have never run a marathon. But I have given birth. Twice. That’s two marathons, I’m happy with that.

Friends and family were certainly congratulatory after I had a baby, what an amazing moment in my life. But no one was in awe that I went through the process of childbirth. Is that because so many of us do, therefore it’s more of an expectation rather than an inspiring achievement?

When one has abdominal surgery, the reaction from family and friends is quite serious. Concern for the success of the procedure, their initial recovery period and then the long process of regaining strength. Most of this usually involves being bedridden for a period of time.

A caesarian birth is major abdominal surgery, is it not? As I haven’t actually experienced this myself, I asked friends who have and googled it. In most cases if there are no major complications, you’re encouraged to get out of bed and move around the same day. Plus, you’ve obviously got a newborn baby who requires your immediate care. Imagine telling your hubby that you realise he’s just had major abdominal surgery, but if he could get up and make dinner you’d be so appreciative.

You may argue that my examples are a little extreme and that may be the case. But I think you get my point.

Every mama deserves a bravery award.

And this is just the process of giving birth. Whichever path you’ve travelled, perhaps even adopting a child, the road is tough. Not to mention that this is just the beginning of your journey, next phase ~ motherhood.

Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. ~ Linda Wooten

This is hands down the toughest job in the world.

There’s no time out, very little consistency and no foolproof instruction manual to guide you through. Essentially, there’s no way to predict and the buck stops with you. Tough gig, huh mama?!

You’d be hard pressed to find many jobs in the world that require you to work under those conditions. Did I mention no sick leave?

And we constantly second guess ourselves, making mistakes time after time, but we just keep trudging on.

Now it’s not all doom and gloom, motherhood has it’s amazing rewards. Life changing, ‘ah ha’ moments, tear your hair out, hold your breath, forever rewards. By by gosh, us mamas work for it!

And for that, we deserve a bravery award.

Just sayin’.