They say that no one loves to write, only to have written; I think this is true for facing personal and professional adversity, too.
If you can come up for air and officially graduate from the adversity, you rarely regret it and, as a matter of fact, it becomes one of your biggest joys.
I had put on a lot of weight during my pregnancy and was struggling to lose it.
I went back to work to find someone had been hired to fulfill most of my responsibilities, which left me feeling redundant and almost guilty about having a child in the first place.
I wish I had been able to apply my retrospective thinking to the process while I was in it.
I wish I enjoyed the process for exactly what it was: a process.
The physical recovery took months (after what felt like a never-ending pregnancy).I would tell her to not waste her time worrying about how others perceive her, to not let the opinions of ancillary/irrelevant people hold her back.I would most importantly give her the down and dirty about giving birth.Honestly, in hindsight, I probably would have taken more naps, too! At that time, I (mistakenly) thought that I had it all.But while I had given birth to this beautiful little girl, I was having a hard time understanding and embracing motherhood.