My self-image vastly improved after I got my hair cut off last week, but then I had DH take my weekly picture today and thought, gosh I still look kind of crappy. He did tell me yesterday that I am starting to "glow," so that was totally adorable.
Hearing some of your hospital horror stories kind of freaks me out, but as this is my first baby, I just don't have the confidence to do it at home. I really have a lot of faith in my m/w though, so I'm just trusting she will be my advocate throughout delivery.
I just watched this stupid DVD that the hospital gave me, and it was (surprisingly) very pro-breastfeeding and pro-VBAC. Unfortunately, it had this whole section about how taking pain medication is nothing to be ashamed of, it's not bad for the baby, and it doesn't make you any less of a woman. Every single testimonial was from a woman who had had some type of drug, and there were no interviews with women who'd made it through naturally. Feh!!!