Faith at the Edge

“I was supposed to be glowing, excited, and anticipatory. But I had never before felt so out of control. Friends of mine, due the same month, giggled and exclaimed over their babies’ first kicks. When I felt my baby’s first kick, I felt squeamish and even a bit repulsed…I had chosen this. I had asked for this. I wanted this. Then why was it so foreign and creepy? The fact was that nothing in my life had prepared me for pregnancy. I simply had not been taught that my body was made for childbearing. Even as I write this, it feels like a betrayal of my gender.”

– Elizabeth Wirth, from “This is My Body”

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