I remember the anxiety when I first found out I was pregnant with my first daughter. Who could answer my questions? How much would pertain to me? Am I really going to be that huge? And what the hell is a glucose test?
I had a small handful of friends who’d had children at that point, and we spent a lot of time talking about breastfeeding. Just not the circus of pregnancy.
There’s apps. There’s books. There’s websites, and blogs, and forums, and this person’s sister’s cousin’s aunt’s daughter’s horror story.
What I learned after reading at least a dozen books was that the only truth that exists, is mine. There’s a commonality in the experience of pregnancy (hello, creating a human!), but every experience is different. But try telling a hormonal pregnant woman that and you’re likely to get punched in the shoulder.
I was fortunate enough recently to attend the San Antonio premiere of the movie, 40 Weeks. I say fortunate because I watched personal stories unfold as the director captured them, telling a love story of sorts, and wasn’t feeling like I was creeping in on people’s intimate emotional moments.
Sandy shared her concerns as she transitioned from being engaged to realizing she was going to be a single mom.
I wasn’t alone sniffling and wiping away tears as we watched and listened to Victoria talk about having to change her birth plan drastically.
And there’s this (from BigBelli.com)
Big Belli is about babies, moms and families. When Dominique Debroux and her husband Chris Henze were expecting their first child, they voraciously researched pregnancy, consuming anything and everything about the process. And they were overwhelmed with the amount of information they found in books, brand literature, some videos, websites, and on blogs.
What they couldn’t find was anything human. Visual. Easy to absorb. Something informative that touched on the physical, medical, and emotional aspects of having a baby – as well as created a sense of authentic community.
As a working woman who traveled, Dominique couldn’t join many of the moms groups and share her experiences in person with other moms-to-be. Were they going through the same thing? How were they dealing with morning sickness? Did they feel lonely? How were they wading through information on medications, products and tips that were so confusing?
Chris felt women shouldn’t have to go through such a profound experience with so many questions and lack of support. He was struck by an idea to move everything into visual form, anchored by a full-length documentary detailing the process. Big Belli was conceived.
I mean COME ON! THIS MAN FILMED A LOVE LETTER TO WOMEN! (OK, his wife, but come on!) Are you felling a littler verklempt yet? I highly suggest you watch this, whether you are trying to conceive, pregnant, a mom, a dad, a human who breathes, you will be moved by the stories shared in 40 Weeks.
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Disclosure: The prize was provided by Mission Pharmacal and Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment, official sponsors of the film. All opinions expressed in the post are my own. This post also appears on The Doula Amanda.com