We’ve all heard the saying, it takes a village when it comes to raising children; it’s something my mom loves to remind me of when she grumbles about how far away we are from her before working herself up into a worried frenzy about not having a relationship with her soon to be grandson (we’re a short hour and a half flight…just saying…). And I think they are right, it does take a village, but not just for raising your kids, it also takes a village to keep pregnant ladies sane.
Community has always been an important part of my life; actually, I would say it’s a top priority in my life. It is infused into everything I do – from my social life, to my professional life, and even my fitness life – it seems that creating and fostering communities is in my DNA. And if last week’s pregnancy meltdown really taught me anything, it’s that I’m incredibly blessed to have such an incredible community behind me.
I was floored by the support, words of wisdom, love, and empathy that I received; reflecting back on last week, I realize that people really went above and beyond for me, showering me with the words and positivity I needed to be where I am this week. Which is calm.
Not fucking freaking out.
I’m just now over the 20 week mark, which is also considered to be the halfway point of this journey, and it’s been an exciting one, to say the least. Thus far, I have been through a bleeding scare in my first trimester (due to the fact that surprise, I’m Rh negative), a terrifying fainting episode, and now complete placenta previa. Put all of that together with extreme pregnancy hormones, weight gain, and good, old pregnancy fatigue and it’s enough to make even the most sane person feel a little insane (and I’m not even the most sane person…).
And while I sit here, negotiating with my pants so that I can sit at my desk comfortably (hello, it’s officially time to switch to maternity clothes), drinking endless amounts of water, while also contemplating the next cheese related food item I can eat….
…I can finally say that I feel calm about everything. The anxiety and stress of last week is officially behind me. And it’s all thanks to my amazing community.
Reading everyone’s notes, stories, words of wisdom, and advice made me feel normal again. Hearing what other moms had gone through during their pregnancies – whether similar to mine or by sharing their many different obstacles – it made me feel less alone. Less crazy. And even validated.
So thank you all for being who you are – you truly saved me from my own insanity – and I am so grateful (and so is my husband…).
Truly, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
As always, stay sweaty friends!