“You are going to be a father!”
First words, I uttered on Veteran’s Day morning to Kevin back in 2008. Both of us were over the moon excited and yet I had no idea what was in store for me physically and emotionally being only 4 weeks and change pregnant.
But within 2 short weeks, the fun began with everyday all day nausea and acid that lasted for about 3 months.
And when I did feel hungry at all, I would crave anything and everything my eyes could lay themselves on, including root beer and ice cream floats, tomato and mozzarella salad and so much more.
Let’s not forget, the terrible mood swings that had me swinging higher then a pendulum on even a good day.
Ask Kevin, who actually got kicked out of our house for disagreeing with me on something that couldn’t have been much, because now over 5 years later I sadly can’t even remember why I did kick him out. But I do very much remember seeing the color red and then feeling terrible when I didn’t know where he went to (he actually did leave) and crying my eyes out until he returned.
Just another day in pregnancy bliss and paradise.
And this was only the first trimester. Trust me there was so much more to come and I went back for seconds a year later!
So recently, I was asked to review the book “It’s Really 10 Months,” by Natalie Guenther, Celeste Snodgrass, and Kim Schenkelberg, three friends who were pregnant at the same time, who documented their pregnancy e-mail conversations here in this tell-all book.
To: Moms (or Dads) to Be
From: Celeste, Kim & Natalie
Subject: It’s Really 10 Months!
No one ever tells you about all of the crap that happens to you when you’re pregnant. Like, for example, it’s not nine months, it’s ten long months.
We are three thirty-something women who were fortunate enough to be pregnant at the same time. We shared our questions, fears, humor, and experiences through emails, which became our lifeline and virtual support group. Here, we share the good, the bad, and the ugly of our experiences. We do not hold back for the squeamish or the faint of heart—you need the truth, and now!
We are all social workers with graduate education, and we have all worked in the obstetrical units of hospitals for many years. Along the way, we thought it might be helpful to have someone sane weigh in on our hormonal ramblings, so we asked Dr. Bob, a specialist in high-risk pregnancies to help us out. But, we know that all of this experience is nothing like being pregnant yourself!
So prop up your cankles, rest this book upon your shelf of a belly, and check out our email log. We made it through the entire experience and lived to tell the tale—and you will too.
Anything any pregnant woman went through, I have probably been there at some point or another.
Back when I was pregnant for that first time in 2008, I was naive and didn’t know a thing about pregnancy.
Luckily my support group was a wonderful group of women who I found on an online support group believe it or not, who were pregnant at the same time as myself and due in July 2009, as well.
I also did a lot of reading and read up on everything and anything to do with pregnancy.
Basically I embraced pregnancy and lived, breathed and ate it from all I did learn and then experience.
Reading this truly brought me back and then some to that time of my life. So many of these ladies experiences, I could totally relate to.
I loved how they did their best to shed humor on some moments that might not be so funny for a pregnant woman, like feeling you are growing to be as big as a house or going on a Taco Bell binge. Trust me, I have felt and experienced both myself.
As well as, being captivated by their friendships and how they stood by each other as they each had their own unique pregnancy experiences at the same time. I even was found crying during one part where one of the mothers-to-be thought there may be something wrong with her soon to be born baby. Again, I had my own fears with both pregnancies and just having friends to support you does make all the difference.
Simply put, pregnancy is something that should be shared among friends and especially friends who are pregnant at the same time having similar trials and tribulations.
This book proves that point perfectly and is a must read for anyone pregnant, thinking of getting pregnant or has been pregnant. Trust me you will not be disappointed.
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