Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My uterus is powerful and strong and safe.

© nic_finno 
Particularly apt as a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) affirmation, your uterus really is quite incredible! Pear-shaped and composed of smooth muscle, during pregnancy it stretches to accommodate your growing baby. By birth it can contain up to 1000 times its former capacity (hello baby, placenta & waters) and can go from weighing approximately 2.5oz (70g) to 40oz (1180g).

It gears up for birth by tightening - seemingly randomly - which you feel as Braxton-Hicks contractions. And then during the big event, these contractions become incredibly strong and intensely powerful as together you push your baby into the world.

After birth, it begins to contract again (these are after-pains and they can be very intense especially in second and later births) and begins the journey to its pre-pregnancy size. In a week, it's about half the size it was at the peak, by two weeks it can barely be felt and by six weeks, it should be back to its regular, pre-pregnancy self.

So, take a minute to appreciate and admire everything your uterus does during pregnancy. It is powerful and strong and safe... and so are you.

1 comment:

  1. BEAUTIFUL post! I can so get behind this one since I VBACd my last baby. This affirmation is one all women need.


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