It’s not exactly a secret that pregnancy can create a slew of emotions. The hormones are common knowledge, sure, but there’s also the moments of pure excitement, frustration, and even fear. Plus, all the feels that go along with an intense bout of nausea, which, if you’re anything like me, are plentiful. Thankfully, us pregnant people can share the experience with people around us. Personally, there were a number of people my pregnancy made me feel instantly connected to. Whether it was because I knew I was dealing with something they had also endured, or because they played a part in preparing me for the birth of my baby, or because they happened to be in the right place at the right time, I can’t imagine going through pregnancy without some of them.
Of course, not all relationships are created equal, and some of these people are slightly more influential than others (at least, they are for me). However, and regardless of our varying degrees of relationships, they all deserve a mention. Yes, sometimes I wish our society allowed pregnant women to retreat to a deep cave in the middle of nowhere (that still has electricity and running water and wi-fi, obviously), but then I remember that such a situation would keep me distant from everyone on the list and I think, “Eh, better not.”