This is a post about the stuff of pregnancy. But there are no links to products or top ten lists. This is a post about stuff that seems a bit more fluid, or a bit less tangible in some ways. This is a post from the perspective of someone who has gone through it and heard stories from those who have gone through it, and now is connecting the dots.
The Stuff of Pregnancy
Food That Nourishes Your Body & Your Spirit
Nutrition can be a source of stress, sickness, or irritation for pregnant people. We also hope it is a source of nourishment for your body and your spirit. You are going to see that there are countless pregnancy diets to follow. But every one of those has an undercurrent of privilege and maybe a whisper or two of judgment. The food you put into your body is extremely personal, so take a moment to think about what you might need, what would help you feel really, really good, and maybe add a bit of something that sounds delicious.
Clothing That Encourages Confidence & Clothing That Gives Comfort
Pregnancy is a place where things can feel great on your body one day, and like scratchy lava the next. With clothes, we hope you can take it a day at a time, and find clothes that mirror how amazing you are, even when you don’t feel like that moment. Remember, right now, you are making an eye-ball, and millions of other things from scratch. You are and are making – a miracle.
So this is an actual thing – because your body is going to need support. Pregnancy is one time where yes, go to target and get 5 or 6 $4.99 pillows and revel in the glory of a small mountain of fluff to fall into each evening. When you look at how much satisfaction will come from that $30, it is an investment you could have made a long time ago.
Information and Space to Decide Your Way
This can be a childbirth class, or a book, journal, or podcast. It is something that helps you understand what is happening inside your body (physically and emotionally). And it will help you prepare for what will happen when it is time for your baby to come to the outside of your body. This is your pregnancy, it’s your body, and your preferences matter. We want you to know your options, and feel great about whatever choices you make.
A Way to Remember When It’s Over
Being woke up at 1 am every night for months may not sound like a thing you want to remember about your pregnancy. But what about the kicks, rumbles, and flutters that are the cause of it? Some put photos or videos on Instagram and Facebook (or any of the other ways to remember) so that they have reminders years down the line of that one time it felt like you were carrying a small dinosaur doing cartwheels. Perhaps you prefer a journal where you can explore more of your private thoughts. They are both great ways to capture your experience.
Belonging, Love, & Safety to explore the vastness of what you feel and what is about to happen
Our wish is for you to have these things: belonging, love, and safety during your pregnancy and early parenthood. It is a transition, unlike any you have ever endured, and it is not for the weak at heart. To explore your feelings, along with your desires at this time, is a huge vulnerability – we want you to go through it with the support to know you can feel anything you need to and still have a soft place to land when you get to the other side. A partner, friends, family member, or all of the above can be on your team with this. And if they aren’t, we want you to know you deserve to have that, and we want you to find it.
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