Since the announcement of her pregnancy through a stunning magazine cover, media personality, Relebogile Mabotja has been sharing her pregnancy journey with her followers on her different platforms.
Speaking to TRUELOVE, the excited mom-to-be says that the journey has been life-changing.
“My pregnancy journey has been everything; it has been overwhelming, scary, exciting, nerve-wrecking, challenging and testing of my faith. It has been heart growing, capacity increasing and given me a new perspective on life,” she says.
Although the 35-year-old is enjoying the experience, she says that it hasn’t been a smooth journey to getting to where she is because of her battle with fibroids.
“I discovered my fibroids around 2013/2014 and at the time there wasn’t much information out there," she tells us.
"I had fears about cancers and whether these growths or tumours were benign or malignant, and I had to do the homework. I did not jump to cutting first, I explored homeopathy until the fibroids just became too much for me and we had to cut them out."
However, with a good support structure surrounding her, she managed to overcome the challenge.
“To cope, I made sure that I had as much information as possible," she explains.
"I was fortunate enough to be in a position where I could consult different specialists to assist with my type of case; after that, we had to go and operate. Knowing that there was a possibility of them coming back didn't make it easier. Finding out that they were back and that I was now pregnant with fibroids [was tough]. So, the way I have coped is through an amazing support system, lots of information and a team of specialists that are consulting, sharing information and of course just customising the treatment for me and my particular case."
Raising a boy child
Relebogile looks forward to being a mother and raising a boy-child.
“I look forward to just meeting my greatest teacher ever and rediscovering who I am, getting to meet who he is, getting to have him tell me what the world can look like, what the world can be and what the world is,” she says.
“I want my son to grow up to be a man that will change the world. A man who will inspire a generation of men who do different, men who are woke, open and won't conform. Men who are proud to be whatever they are, who are unboxed, who are content and not easily susceptible to these predetermined ideas of what success or happiness looks like, but just follows his own path and makes his own way. Hopefully a young man who is proud of his mom and proud of where he comes from,” she adds.
Being back on our screens
Another thing that she looks forward to is the return of her talk show, Unpacked with Relebogile Mabotja which premiered on 11 May, replacing SABC 3’s Trending SA.
“To be back on the screen is exciting because that's really me. it's not a script, it's not a character that I am playing. It's literally my own curiosity, my voice and topics that I am interested in exploring," she says.
"Many of the questions are things that I am like 'wow I never thought of it like that' or they are things I have been curious about. I am so excited and I am putting myself out there, but I am ready,” she says.
She says that the talk show will speak to real people with real stories.
"We are not necessarily trying to get experts to come in and weigh on the topic, but just to hear a person's journey and to see how we, as South Africans, can open our minds by being exposed to what people have discovered and learned."
Relebogile also adds that fans can looks forward to a lot more from her this year.
“I think that I am growing… I became a mom when I found out I was pregnant, this means that my perspective has changed. There is more that I want to do with the content that I put out, my career, and with my businesses… I want to continue to inspire people and fans can look forward to the unexpected."