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The “I Can’t Wait to Get My Body Back” Lie of Pregnancy

“I can’t wait to get my body back!” This is the most common statement you will hear of late coming from the lungs of this, your 36-weeks-pregnant correspondent. I’m ready.  I’m sick of myself.  I’m counting down.  And four weeks is a lifetime! Pregnancy is a beautiful, miraculous thing but there comes a point when supporting a watermelon-esque belly cantilevered at your midway point (can someone confirm that I still have legs – I haven’t seen them in so long!) gets plain old.  And did I mention the swollen ankles, indigestion, fatigue, stretch marks, weight gain and the looming promise of who-knows-how-many-hours of grueling labour? (Pity my husband – he listens to these laments often enough!) And so, with more than a sprinkling of self-pity and self-loathing, I say, “I can’t wait to get my body back!” There’s something wrong with this way of thinking though – mostly because it reveals a mind conditioned by the media’s warped representation of women and their bodies.  The glossy magazines present pictures of pregnant celebrities and supermodels with …

Love, Life & Liberty Seminar

I’d like to invite you to a very special conference that promises to be educational, inspirational, practical – and a lot of fun! For the first time… ever… Emily’s Voice is hosting the LOVE, LIFE & LIBERTY seminar in Brisbane (March 22), Launceston (April 5) and Hobart (May 31).  It’s for anyone (female OR male) who wants to change culture, support women facing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy, or help those who are suffering as a result of pregnancy loss. The speakers (for the Launceston event) are: Anne Lastman. Founder, Victims of Abortion.  Anne has assisted more than 1500 women who have suffered post-abortion grief.  She is eminently qualified to speak, having personally experienced the trauma of two abortions and with professional qualifications in counselling, psychology and theology. Paul O’Rourke. CEO, Emily’s Voice.  Former CEO of Compassion Australia, Paul has a Master’s Degree in child development and a genuine desire to help Australians fall in love with the unborn.  He has a long history in print journalism as an editor and has authored five books …