The Unspoken Words of Motherhood

The Unspoken Words of Motherhood

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The moment you get married,
Kith and kin await the ‘good news’.
They track the days more than we do,
Little do they know behind the scenes.
Dozens of ovulation and pregnancy kits,
Thrown with frustration into the pits.
Tracking the date and being with your mate,
Trying all that to become fertile,
But in the end, it’s all futile.
Crossing the hurdle of PCOS and obesity,
IUIs, IVF and hearing all those ifs and buts.
Symptom spotting from all the pregnancy websites.
Hoping to find a relation between your casual nausea to pregnancy nausea.
Even on the first day of periods, how silently we wish it was implantation bleeding and start browsing for colour matching the spottings.
All that to see those “miraculous two lines”,
Some times a miracle but mostly magical..yes it’s magical because at times only we can see the lines but the internet would say its evaporation lines.
Hard to go through.
And then morning sickness, cravings, puking and peeing becomes a full-time job.
The moment I heard the first cry,
I know I’m blessed to be a woman.
 
Sleepless nights, stressful days
Latching issues, aching breast tissues.
 
Cracked nipples, low milk supply and thousand creams to apply,
Fish, oatmeal, garlic and fenugreek,
Yet not much the breasts leak,
Anyone dare say women are weak.
 
Stretch marks, caesarean scars,
Abdominal belts, untimely visitors and their uncalled advice adds on to the stress.
 
Even if baby sleeps my mind refuses to sleep,
Checking every now and then to see if the baby breathes. Weird but true!
 
Not much time with the elder kids, 
Pumping milk at the work trips,
Even brushing hair seems like a hair spa.
 
Googling and online baby shopping remains the only midnight companion,
Not to forget the giggles and smiles of the little champion.
 
Too many things to feel guilty,
Everything adds to the anxiety.
 
Motherhood alone doesn’t define womanhood.
But it sure does say,
How strong she stays,
The selfless sacrifices,
Yet wakes up fresh and brings a smile on everyone’s face.

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