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  • Salute to All Moms: 'I Don't Know What Else Is Harder Than Being a Mom In This World'

    Every birth is a woman's triumph over all the hurdles she faced to hold her baby in her arms,
    by Rachel Perez .
Salute to All Moms: 'I Don't Know What Else Is Harder Than Being a Mom In This World'
PHOTO BY courtesy of Vicky Castle
  • While experts have yet to find a cure or effective treatment for COVID-19, prenatal checks are online and sparse. Giving birth means being surrounded by doctors and nurses in full personal protective equipment (PPE). That’s on top of the difficulties of simply being pregnant, labor and delivery, and not to mention, postpartum care.

    Mom Vicky Castle, shared her first Mother’s Day experience, in our Smart Parenting Village. She gave birth to her first baby, a son, on May 5, 2020, at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa. It was extra challenging because it happened during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

    “So far, it has been very challenging yet amazingly fulfilling,” mom Vicky shared in the group on Mother’s Day. “Still grateful that we’re both healthy and safe, though,” she shared.

    The new mom had planned to do a vaginal delivery. Still, she ended up having to undergo a C-section (CS) because her “baby is such a big baby boy.” The not-so-little one weighed eight pounds at birth.

    Vicky’s post was accompanied by an image of her breastfeeding her newborn son as she raised her left arm as a sign of triumph. It was filled with congratulatory messages from other moms.

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    Five days after welcoming her child, Vicky’s body is still recovering, of course, and she’s uncertain when she’d feel “normal again. “Who knows how long will it take for me to get back to normal,” Vicky wrote.

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    “I honestly don’t know how possible it is to fully recover from the surgery whilst taking care of the baby, not to mention the pressure and the start of breastfeeding journey,’ the new mom said. Vicky admitted that she sometimes “wants to cry, give up” and wishes to have her pre-mama life back.

    “My mother spirit is higher and stronger than my mind and body which drives me and keeps my sanity these days,” she stressed. “For sure, like everything else, I’ll figure it out knowing that I have a very strong support system such as my husband and my family,” the new mom added.

    What normal means after giving birth is different for each mom. CS recoveries are much more delicate compared to moms who had vaginal delivery. Still, many moms thru the comments also assured her that she’ll recover sooner than she expects it.

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    Now that she’s a mom herself, even if it’s just for a few days, Vicky has come to a more profound sense of appreciation for her own mom and all other mothers.

    “This journey is no joke. We’re bringing and growing life into this world and building a future. I don’t know what else is harder than that in this world,” Vicky said. “You’re a hella strong of a woman!” she exclaimed.

    One mom shared what’s in store in the coming months or years, citing a toddler’s kakulitan and also the joys of conversing with a little human being discovering the world around him.

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    “It’s hard but worth it,” said another mom who was also celebrating her first Mother’s Day this year. “I can’t wait to play with my son,” Vicky agreed excitedly.

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