It's a time when you're emotionally and physically changing in ways you've never experienced. Every twinge, ache or peculiar symptom is often followed by a frantic search online. Add in the need to know what 'to do' during pregnancy - what to eat, what not to eat, which exercises are safe, and so on...
It has been so hectic here in Alicante, it seems like a moment ago that we arrived for the first time. For myself i'm really excited, it's an amazing story that I am about to tell and I can't wait to start telling it, we really are heading into a journey of the unknown and that's the most exciting part about it for all of us.
Collectively, it seems periods are pretty pricey. With this in mind, would you believe me if I told you that tampons and sanitary towels are deemed not essential enough to be tax free? Admittedly they are taxed at a reduced rate of 5% but this still means they are thought of as luxury items, which all sane females would agree they are certainly not.
All the horror stories about pain, long drawn-out births, complications and instruments that "do what?!!" (trust me - everyone will want to tell you what happened once to a friend of theirs) no wonder women aren't even allowed to entertain the idea that birth can in fact be amazing, empowering and redefining.
I tend to get one of two responses when I mention wanting bigger muscles: a) 'I don't like girls with muscles' or b) 'but you'll look like a man'. The first comment suggests that my body exists solely for the viewing pleasure of that person, the second: that women are supposed to conform to certain socially constructed ideals...
Do you think men and women should be equal? If you answered yes, then congratulations - you are a feminist! If you answered no, then get out - you don't have an opinion here. The feminist movement doesn't need you, it's already doing a pretty good job of tackling female disadvantage without pandering to reluctant allies.
Times have changed and girls as young as eight are becoming more conscious of their body image. Encouraging more physical activity can give them opportunities to look at things beyond worrying about their hair and make-up... Encouraging participation in sport in all areas can lead to happier, healthier women.