Pregnancy Inspiration

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Quotes and Inspiration for Pregnancy

If you lay down...
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Let's face it, pregnancy can be a very trying time. It can be easy to get down or to feel sickly while pregnant. You can certainly eat well, exercise and get great prenatal care, but in addition to that you need to help soothe your soul and deal with the emotional and internal struggles that pregnancy and early parenting can present.

With that in mind, here are some quotes and inspirational sayings to help you learn, live and laugh about pregnancy. You can also add your thoughts on our Pinterest Quotes board

Each quote will also have a quick "lesson" with it, so for this quote, consider how movement in labor can be a really positive force.  It can help your labor progress more quickly, it can bring your baby down further into the birth canal and generally help make you more comfortable.

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The Power of Contractions

The Power of Contractions
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Labor is something that many people fear. Even those who decide beforehand that they would like to experience and unmedicated birth can find that fear or pain or both creep up in the midst of labor. To counteract the fear, there are a few things that you can do.

  1. Attend childbirth classes
  2. Practice relaxation
  3. Use affirmations (before and during labor)
  4. Surround yourself with supportive people from your choice of care provider, your family, and a doula
  5. Use whatever tools help you confront the fear and/or pain, be that meditation, an epidural or both

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Know Your Options in Labor

Know Your Options
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This quote is from the book "A Good Birth, A Safe Birth," by Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer. It was one of the first pregnancy books I ever read. This quote jumped out at me and made a lot of sense to me. And yet, ever where I turned, it seemed that I was being told exactly what to do and how to do it. I am obstinate enough that I demanded to know what my options were. I think my OB nurse laughed at me, in a good natured way, when I asked why I was taking a particular test. When I asked why she was laughing, she said, "I've gotten so used to no one ever questioning anything we say or do, I have forgotten what is done because it's necessary and what is done because that's just how we do it." My doctor actually said he enjoyed our discussions and said that I made him think. I certainly enjoyed my prenatal visits.

That said, I later learned about the concept of informed consent. This basically states that whatever your doctor or midwife is proposing is given to you in a language that you can understand (no medicalease) and that you can ask questions. You also have the right to refuse a test, treatment or procedure.

Most moms these days put their birth preferences down on paper in something called a birth plan. I think of that, not as informed consent, but as a communication tool between you, your provider and any staff that may be caring for you. What's on your birth plan?

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Babies are nice...

Babies are a nice way to start people.
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The postpartum days can be difficult. It can really be a "can't see the forest for the trees" type of life. You can make your postpartum days feel a bit easier with a few easy tips. The first is to plan ahead. Planning for postpartum helps tremendously. Secondly, when people offer you support, take them up on it but make sure it's real help. And lastly, consider professional help, be it a postpartum doula or a lactation consultant.

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Power to Birth

Power to Birth
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There is pain in labor. No matter how you give, you can't really escape feeling changes to your body, even with a planned cesarean birth. Fear can have a lot of influence on how much pain you feel. Having confidence in your body, your baby and in the process of birth can be helpful to reducing both fear and pain. Each contraction brings you closer to your baby. Greet each with an open mind, using the tools that you choose for your labor. What are you doing to plan ahead to reduce the fear, and therefore pain, of labor?

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Let Your Monkey Do It

Let Your Monkey Do It
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Ina May Gaskin, CPM, has been a midwife for a very long time. She's written many popular books on midwifery and pregnancy including Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Pregnancy. One of the things that she is well know for saying is this quote. The whole point here is to let go and let your body do what it knows how to do - keep your mind out of the way.

While say something similar to everyone in childbirth class about separating the mind and body, it's not quite as unique as this statement. So how does one actually go about separating the mind from the body? I think a lot of that is about making sure that you know how to relax and not fight labor. Tension and worry are two things that can really impede the process of labor. Practicing relaxation, hypnosis, or whatever works for you before labor is the best advice. I also recommend trying out various positions for labor. This can help make your life a lot easier when your body has those muscle memories of being in the positions.

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A Baby Makes…

Baby Makes…
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Having a baby will forever alter your life. I talk to people all the time about what a newborn will be like. I still don't think people can understand the depth of change that you experience in the postpartum period. You will be sleep deprived. You will be weepy. You will experience a deep love. You will possibly feel slightly crazy. It's all normal. It does resolve and become a new sense of what happens in life, particularly as you learn to adjust your life and expectations.

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Sleep like a baby?

Sleep like a baby?
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The truth is that so many people believe that their baby will be born and sleep so well, and that just doesn't happen. Don't panic. You baby will sleep, maybe not as long or as often as you'd like but they will sleep. My best advice in the early days is to sleep whenever you can.

Sometimes that's when the baby is sleeping, or sometimes that's when the postpartum doula, your partner, a neighbor, or anyone else has offered to stay home and help you with the baby while you sleep. Take them up on the offer!

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Labor Ends When…

Labor Ends When…
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We often spend a lot of time preparing for labor and neglecting the postpartum period. Are you prepared for what happens once you push the baby out? I'd suggest that you find a good childbirth class that offers baby care basics. (I also have an ​article for basics.)

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Look like a Goddess in Labor

Birthing Goddess
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This quote is very popular for a variety of reasons, including the fact that laboring women truly need an abundance of support. Support in labor can look very differently for everyone, but ideally, the mother gets the support that she needs. Here are somethings that you can do to help support a mom in labor:

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If a doula were a drug...

If a doula were a drug...
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The use of doulas in labor and delivery has been shown over and over again to be a very powerful force. It can drastically reduce intervention rates and help women and their families feel more empowered, no matter what kind of birth they are planning.

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I like trying to get pregnant...

Trying to Get Pregnant
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It takes longer for most people to get pregnant than they usually think it does. This is typically a fun time, you get to toss the birth control away and make love like you don't have a care in the world. It can be hard to think about the part that comes between making a baby and having a baby.

Sometimes, when you do think about it, you might be a little worried about labor. That's okay, it's very normal. The trick is to get educated and to find the right support team, starting with a practitioner who will answer your questions and building out from there.

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Stretch Marks are what?

Stretch Marks are what?
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I love this quote because it's actually someone saying something positive about stretch marks. I mean, what can you really do about them? Some of what goes into whether or not you'll get stretch marks has to do with heredity, some with nutrition and hydration, and some sheer luck. Worry about them after pregnancy and consider removal techniques if they really bother you.

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When do you become a mother?

When do you become a mother?
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The first trimester is so difficult. You don't look pregnant, but you typically don't feel well. Most people may not even know that you're pregnant. So when you don't feel well, or look frumpy, it can be difficult to explain. So, keep in mind, you're already parenting this tiny human being. You're a mom. This is worth it.

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Everyday that you are pregnant...

Everyday that you are pregnant...
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Nine months, in reality nearly ten, is a very long time. This is so true at the end. Your physical ailments may be increasing with many of the late pregnancy symptoms. You are anxious to meet your baby. You want to move on to the postpartum phase. But many times, we don't think about the consequences of non-medical inductions, nor the needs of the baby. We assume that all babies are ready at exactly 39 weeks, but that's not always true. Waiting for labor is the best case of a healthy baby and an easier birth, barring any unusual medical circumstances. Just hang in there, you're on the count down to the very end.

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"Having children is like living in a frat house..."

Frat House Quote on Parenting
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I think it can be really easy to think of a baby that is something that quickly adds to your life. Sure, they are pretty easy going little creatures ​but don't let their size fool you. A new baby can take a lot of time and energy, often at a time when you are physically trying to heal as well.

Remember to be kind and gentle with yourself. Ask for help. Accept offers of help. And most of all, remember to laugh a little.

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Pregnancy Perspective

Pregnancy Perspective
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It can be really hard sometimes not to get lost in the day-to-day of pregnancy. This is particularly true if you're having a rough pregnancy, even if just some really awful days of morning sickness. Sometimes, pregnancy isn't what we expected, or it's the emotional swings. In the end, it is worth it, though sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees. Remember, it's really only a very short time in the grand scheme of your life.  You don't have to enjoy it, sometimes it's enough to survive it.

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Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder...

Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder...
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I love this quote because we've all been there in pregnancy. Society says we should love it but some days it can be so hard to watch all the changes that go on. Your belly and breasts swell. Your skin stretches. You might feel sickly. You have mood swings. But what makes this worth it?

The day dreaming process of wondering who your baby will be keeps many women going. You spend time wondering who baby will look like, what traits baby got from whom, etc.

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Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.

Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.
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Having a baby shouldn't be a scary thing. It should really be more about respect for the process and wonderment. We do a disservice by trying to pass our fears on to others rather than dealing with them. Don't let others tell you scary stories. Get educated. Prepare for your birth and make wise choices for you and your baby.

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Pregnancy and Birth Knit Us Together

Knit Together
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I love this quote from Desirre Andrews, CPM. To me it speaks volumes about what pregnancy and new motherhood should be about - it's a sorority of sorts. Forget the mommy wars and find people who lift you up, with everything you do. Parenting is hard work and you need to find people who care for you and support you, not tear you down.

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