When I hear women describe their “Mom-Boobs” I giggle. I dedicate this blog to all of you!
For years we didn’t think too much about our boobs, in fact we usually tried to show them off. As we got older and approached our childbearing years we began our evolutionary jump from the “Perkyozoic Era” to the “Momozoic Era”. (I watch too much Dinosaur Train!) Soon many of us are blessed to find out that we are pregnant, so let us now go for a ride through this “Momozoic Era” and study the…
Evolution of the Mom Boob
I laugh when I think back to finding out that I was pregnant. The first thing that changed was my boobs. They hurt terribly! I swore my husband off of them forever and almost even stopped showering cause the showerhead kept shooting water directly at them! They hurt if the wind blew or if I sneezed too hard! Then, finally the pain slowly shifted to a dull ache, BUT they kept getting bigger. I was not sure what to do with them. I broke a sweat trying to stuff and squeeze them into my bras and clothes…and as the pregnancy continued, the boobs grew!
We headed to the hospital with our bags packed and we were ready for the big day! We packed comfy clothes to wear home (no skinny jeans), an outfit for the baby, our toothbrush and a little makeup. We felt as prepared as we could be at the moment. The one thing that NO ONE ever told me to prepare for was the enormity that was about to take over my chest. Pregnancy boobs took some getting used to, but milk boobs are something out of a bad adult video! They were filled with 2 gallons of milk and the new little angel in your arms needed only 9 drops. In order to balance out the production vs demand, we pumped, we nursed, and we learned to be a mom. The other thought about this period was that the perky boobs that your husband once admired and took a double take for, were now transforming to functional pieces of machinery. They were there for the baby…sorry dads!
The entrance to this next period is different for all moms. Depending on how long you nurse or pump will delay or accelerate this next evolutionary step. Those enormities that once existed on your chest now looked more like deflated balloons. What were once actual milkjugs, now drooped and hung low. Some hung lower than others, but they hung. Many of my friends chose surgery; others told me that they rolled them into a pushup bra (yes, I meant to say roll!). I just stuffed them into a sports bra and went on with my day. This period can last forever or can evolve to the final Era I call the “Acceptozoic Era”. We learn to accept and embrace the boobs our babies gave us!
This acceptance and embracing of our boobs is the focus of my blog today! All of this is written in honor of the many women that I know and knew, who have been affected by Breast Cancer. A Boob is a Boob is a Boob…but we must know Our Boobies! Check them and know them. I tell everyone I work with that they need to know their bodies and understand what it is telling us. This is an important point to remember when we think of our boobs too. Breast cancer is a cancer that we can fight! The earlier we catch it, the better! My family has been touched by breast cancer and I have seen it fought to remission and fought to the grave. The amazing take away was the ‘Fight’ that I saw these amazing women go through! Women are amazingly strong spirits, but too often we forget ourselves. When it comes to our bodies, we CANNOT forget. We MUST check! Remind your friends, family and yourself! You can even tell your hubby to keep a heads up J
Today is Halloween, the last day of October & the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the month ends, we must carry the message throughout the year.
Join the fight, walk the walk, run the run, and check the boobs!
- There will be 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer in 2011
- There will be 39,520 breast cancer deaths in 2011
- Caucasian women have the highest incidence of breast cancer
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in pregnant and postpartum women (About 1.3 cases are diagnosed per 10,000 pregnancies)
- When women are pregnant or lactating, their breasts are naturally more tender and enlarged, making it harder to find a lump or notice other changes
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide