26
Jan
07

Afterglow

I was terrified on the way to the hospital. We checked in on Sunday night, 12/3 and Jude was born Tuesday morning, 12/5. Everything that happened in between was astonishing. And now, when I reflect back on those two days – the unimaginable pain, the extraordinary high – this surreal experience is wrapped up in a kind of warm, incandescent blanket. Every detail of our stay in the hospital and the weeks that followed are touched by an indescribable afterglow.

A lot of women claim to have forgotten the pain of birth, stating that without this euphoric memory block they wouldn’t dare consider another. In contrast, my afterglow is due in large part to the extreme pain of both labor and recovery. But then, I am a known masochist.

It’s like training for a marathon. You are awarded a rush of exhilaration when you cross the finish line because of the struggle to arrive, not despite it. You reflect back on the sacrifices for, and the deep connection with your unborn child during pregnancy. Only in retrospect can you truly appreciate those tiny kicks inside of you, and all that you did to prepare for that moment. That glorious, transcendent moment.

Posted by: Julie

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