I honor the myriad of ways we can identify as women and today I wish to give a special shout out to the magical womb in honor and gratitude of how it has given each and every one of us life.
Here are some fun facts about the uterus, and therefore why we are all here:
The image above is an image of an adult uterus. It grows up to 3 times its original size leading up to menstruation. This is why many women with wombs need to urinate more frequently when they are pre-menstrual. When a baby reaches full term, the uterus will be bigger than 5 times its original size with a capacity of 500 times more than it had before conception. The uterus itself gets to be 15 times heavier without the weight of the baby and the placenta. This includes the increasing volume of blood within the walls of the uterus as well as the amniotic fluid. After birth, the uterus immediately starts contracting to shrink itself, and to stop the bleeding from where the placenta was attached. One week after delivery the magical womb will weigh about 1.5 pounds. Two weeks after birth it will weigh approximately 11 ounces. By six weeks after pregnancy the uterus will be back to its pre-pregnancy weight of 2.5 ounces. Though our magical wombs go back to the same size they were before, may we still honor that we will never be the same and that is a beautiful gift. To read more about this visit Shapeshifting.
Menstrual blood and menstrual cycles have been normalized for my son since he was born. It was easy, since he always followed me into the bathroom. I wanted him to grow up without being afraid of the blood or grossed out by it. One day a few months ago, he was in the bathroom with me while I was changing my pad and for the first time, he expressed disgust towards my blood.
I said, simply and gently, “Do you know that this is the blood each and every one of us came from? If we did not have this blood, none of us would be alive.” As we become more pre-menstrual and the uterine lining thickens, one of two things happens. We conceive or we do not conceive. If we do not conceive, that blood sheds. If we conceive, that blood does not shed. It provides a nest, a home, for a developing embryo to live and be nourished for the first trimester until the placenta fully develops and takes over the feeding and nourishing of the new being.