So I’m not entirely sure how we got to thirty three weeks this quickly (and I’m also not sure how we’ll manage to wait another seven weeks to meet this little guy) – but I am feeling incredibly grateful for this pregnancy so far and the wonderful people who have helped along the way. Ben has been the ultimate support, but aside from family, I am also really thankful for a few friends who have truly been lifesavers. Even ones who are far away have managed to help me feel strong, beautiful, and competent (even when I probably have no idea what I’m doing half the time).
If you know anyone expecting, here are nine ways to support them through their pregnancy (and I’m mostly serious about all of them 😉
- Ask them about their pregnancy (it’s kind of a huge deal – so showing some degree of interest is great).
- Ask them about things other than their pregnancy (they are still a person aside from being a future mother).
- Tell them they look great (much better than telling them they look small – which could mean they have complications with a slow growing child, or telling them they look huge – which could mean they have a large, healthy baby but has some other implications).
- Notice them before you notice their bump (it’s like “hi, I’m up here guys!”).
- Understand they’ll need to go to the bathroom every 21 minutes (jokes are fine, but really, there isn’t much they can do).
- When they express a need to eat food, do not take it lightly (same goes for needing to go to the bathroom).
- Don’t take short visits personally (sometimes sitting for more than an hour is just really uncomfortable).
- Don’t treat them like an invalid.
- But, do have lowered expectations for just about every level of physical activity.