Confession time: I was excited about having a baby, but not about going through pregnancy. Pregnancy, and its side effects, are hard, guys. That’s no secret. And the idea of someone hanging out in my uterus for 40 weeks, as miraculous and beautiful and blessed as it is, sounded stressful and uncomfortable. Now that I’ve made it through one pregnancy (woot!) I can say that, in my experience, all of the above was true. It was amazing to share my body with my son, but physically, the feelings involved weren't my favorite. Looking back, I realize I probably could have benefitted from more prenatal yoga, or like, meditation or gentle walks in picturesque parks among chirping birds. Still, I made it through, and yes, I can say — just like every other mom I’ve ever talked to — it was totally worth it.
That said, I think it’s worth noting that there are some particular points during a pregnant woman’s journey where she’s likely digging deep to get through pregnancy. Like, really deep. Deeper than a Gringott’s vault. Deeper than Sam Smith lyrics. Deeper than Ryan Gosling’s soulful gaze. Like, deep. And isn’t that one of the prime components of adulthood; doing what needs to be done even when you don’t want to do it? I think it’s worth recognizing and celebrating that in those moments, she is truly a grown-ass woman. Here are the particular moments in pregnancy when it's proven, once and for all, that you're a truly grown-ass woman.