Pregnancy, birth and motherhood made me appreciate the uniqueness of womanhood! When I was heavily pregnant with my daughter, I would go swimming 3-4 times a week. It's was very awkward getting in and out of togs! However, I felt safe to do so in the changing rooms at the pool. A lot of older women would smile at me as if to say 'been there, done that' so I felt completely confident to just get changed out in the open in the 'protection' of the older women there. Once I had my babies, when I was breastfeeding in public, women would often come up to me and say how beautiful it was to see a mother feeding her child. They would ask how it was going and sympathise when it had been hard e.g times of teething and illness etc... One woman even held my baby (for a cuddle) when I was at a cafe having a coffee!
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