- We invited model Jaycina Almond to challenge some of the most common questions and myths around motherhood, by way of the a rapidfire quiz with two answers: "Yes" or "B.S."
- Her answers might surprise you.
There are lots of myths and misunderstandings around motherhood, many of which don't really account for the fact that every experience is infinitely different from the next. With that in mind, we asked model Jaycina Almond some rapidfire questions—ranging from late night feedings to labor to all the crazy stuff that happens to the body during pregnancy—to learn how her experience actually panned out. Find her answers below.
Yes/B.S.: When you become a mom, self-care goes out the window.
Can I answer with yes and BS?! It’s definitely harder as a mom to take care of yourself, but carving out the space to practice your self-care routines is imperative to our mental health.
Yes/B.S.: 2am wakeup calls get easier with time.
Yes! I think eventually your body just adjusts. It definitely sucks waking up so many times during the night, but as time passes you kinda naturally wake up, especially if your baby wakes up around the same time every night.
Yes/B.S.: I was completely aware of the changes my body would go through ahead of time.
B.S.! I had no clue my body could even stretch as much as it did! Let alone all the gross stuff that happens when you're pregnant.
Yes/B.S.: Pregnancy inspired me to take a closer look at my wellness routine.
Yes! Pregnancy heightens your awareness about what you are consuming and putting on your body because of course you want the best for your baby.
Yes/B.S.: Labor is as painful as they say.
B.S.—at least for me! I had an all-natural delivery and I really felt like it was all about the mindset I went into it with. When people are telling you how horrible something is for 9 months, it's hard to feel capable to manage your labor. But realizing your strength and trusting your body is key. One of my mantras was just to remind myself that I can endure any pain for just 60 seconds—contractions come in waves and knowing there is an end point helps you get through it!
Yes/ BS: I fell in love the moment I saw my baby.
Yes! I burst out into tears and was able to scoop Syx up onto my chest on my last push! That feeling is incomparable.