I almost put on a cute outfit for this week’s maternity shoot but I decided my workout clothes were a more fair representation of what I’m actually wearing, all the time, these days. Not just because the 4-way stretch comfortably accommodates my growing body but because I still spend a good amount of time hitting the gym. I think it’s a pregnancy myth that we turn into delicate flowers while with child.
Because the truth is … being pregnant kind of makes you a badass. First off, you gain super human abilities. Like the ability to smell danger (or stinky breath) from afar. You also produce up to 50% more blood in your body while pregnant. That means your heart is working extra hard to pump all that volume through your body – it’s like built-in cardio. Plus, carrying around extra weight gains = muscle gains, right? And I hear once you tackle childbirth you gain the kind of courage that can tackle the tallest mountain (hello, Everest.) So when men at the gym tell me they’re impressed that I’m still showing up at 8 months pregnant I want to say “You should be.”
But beyond the physical aspects of pregnancy and the fact that I’m still a total gym rat there is something deeper at play here. Maybe it’s the hormones but I feel like being pregnant is initiating me into a lineage of badass and fiercely feminine women who have paved the way. I feel connected to centuries of badass warrior mommas from all over the world who came (and birthed) before.
Field Notes & Other Observations:
• Okay, all that badass talk aside there are a few things that make me feel wimpy. Like the daily struggle that is putting on shoes.
• My ribs and sternum are so bruised and sore – it’s incredibly uncomfortable. And for the first time this week I felt the baby moving up under my rib cage. My girlfriend Greer told me her boy lived up under her rib cage for a while and her ribs stayed popped out from her body for a whole year after giving birth!
• Middle of the night leg cramps are no joke.
• This is weird but I love the feeling when the baby kicks / punches my hip bones.
• Mister Scooty Boots has been extra snuggly lately. I think he’s starting to realize what’s happening around here. Or he’s just cold.