My Bump Story: Selina K. Romney

First time mama, Selina K. Romney who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this past April took the time to share the highlights of her pregnancy journey with us. Read on for a lovely interview and some stunning photos!

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What was your first reaction when you found out you were pregnant?

Overly excited! I couldn’t believe it. My husband read the pregnancy test because I was too scared to look (LOL), then he said with so much joy “we’re gonna be parents”! I still couldn’t believe it and then he said “yeah baby you’re a mother now” and I then jumped on him, while laughing and screaming thank you God! I couldn’t help but shed a tear.

Your funniest memory over the 9 months?

There were so many funny and beautiful moments. My husband and I were thrilled that whenever we rubbed my belly, our baby girl responded by kicking back! She never responded to a touch from anyone else. t was such a beautiful way to bond with our baby.

What do you think every woman should know before getting pregnant?
I would advise that she has her baby with the right man.  My husband and I have been through a lot together, and built our life together from nothing.  It’s been hard,but the only reason we have made it this far is the true commitment that we share. We got married when I was 19, new house when I was 20 and now at 21 our first child. Everything is going great, we’re enjoying every bit of it but we sincerely had to work hard for it.
How would you describe the 9-month journey?
Early pregnancy was most difficult, by the second trimester I had lost 12kg. I battled with morning sickness for the first four months, threw up day and night, and couldn’t even drink water! I tried all the remedies but nothing helped, I just couldn’t wait to get over the first trimester. My easiest trimester was the second, my bump started to show and I began to feel the baby move. However, I loved the third trimester best, because I could see her kicks and she respond to our touch in that way we could bond with her better .
Did you have any maternity wear hacks?
There was no need for maternity clothes! I bought stretchy dresses and skirt  which I wore my entire pregnancy.
It worked out less expensive, could accommodate my growing bump and I looked great in them too.
 
Did you have any weird and wonderful cravings?

I tired hard not to give in to my pregnancy food cravings.  I never liked chocolate pre-pregnancy (yes I’m one of the few women that don’t.. LOL) but now I like brownies and white chocolate with nuts. Although all through pregnancy I had like five brownies in all.


What did you struggle with most being pregnant?
I sincerely never felt like I was struggling, we truly enjoyed our pregnancy. No complaints at all!
Name a mama you find inspiring and why?
My mother and mother-in-law. My mother raised 5 children mostly on her own. I don’t even want to think about spending these precious moments alone. My mother-in-law also had to raise her children alone while fighting her illness. We’re grateful for both of them.
How was your birth experience?
It was better than we expected, I had a home birth with with no medications or complications. Labor lasted for 11 hours and my contractions were less than a minute apart, I couldn’t have done it without my husband, he massaged my back while I was in labor to help ease off the pain. Can’t complain really, my daughter accepted breast milk within the first hour of birth, and my uterus returned to its original size within 5 days after birth ( I seriously never expected that!).
How do you intend getting your groove back
I actually feel on fire already! I’m so ecstatic about our new life, we sometimes get tired, but she gives us great joy. I have to admit though I already lost 16kg (35.2lbs) and I fit into pretty much all of my old clothes.
What do you think every expectant mom should know before having her baby?
Be wise, be sure to listen to people, be open to advise but don’t let negativity or fear get in your mind. People are quick to speak of the things that can go wrong and you hear all sorts of horror stories but none of that has to be your future if you have faith. Also, expectant moms need to be extra careful with the way they think because it could affect them, the baby and their journey through pregnancy. Be sure to relax, have faith and enjoy the most beautiful period of your life.
What are your hopes and aspirations for your daughter?
Oh we wish so many things for our daughter! We want her to be free and to be herself, we want her to be strong and wise, full of health, but mostly to be happy.

Thank you Selina for your time and for sharing your story with us!  Follow her on Instagram : @skromney and be sure to leave your congratulatory messages and baby wishes in the comments below!

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