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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

great with child


A few weeks into my pregnancy I got hit with some terrible morning/all day sickness.  I had been so happy to be pregnant, but feeling so sick all the time was really wearing.  I had all sorts of expectations about what being pregnant would be like.  I'd feel like a temple of life!  I'd feel like a calm, peaceful warrior ready to take on the biggest challenge of my life!  Um...no.  I felt weak, sick, flabby, bloated, and annoyed.  Not anything like I had pictured.

I needed something.  Some kind of perspective shift - especially as I started to feel better.  And this book delivered it.

Beth Ann Fennelly's Great with Child is essentially the pregnant version of Letters to a Young Poet.  A young mother herself, Fennelly agrees to write her young pregnant grad student letters throughout her pregnancy.  The grad student is nervous, unsure whether she is up to the challenge of being a mother.  Fennelly offers her guidance, wisdom, and humor in her nine months of letters.  They were so simple and so profound and they were exactly what I needed to read.

Recommended for all expectant mothers.

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