When it comes to major life milestones, I’ve found myself on a similar timeline to a number of my friends. I’m now pregnant with my second baby, and I have a mix of friends in various life stages; some of whom are done with growing their families, some who are still in the midst of it like me, some who’ve yet to start, and some who may not start families at all. I’ve been thinking about friends in the last two categories in particular lately, and I’ve discovered some things every pregnant woman needs her non-mom friends to know, whether they’re not currently child-free by choice or for any of a number of other reasons.
Please don’t be surprised if you notice a hint of sentimentality here, either. Not only am I currently pregnant and feeling all the damn feelings, but I’m fairly sensitive in general. So, thinking about some of my favorite lady friends makes me want to go on a binge of Parks and Rec scenes featuring Ann and Leslie and their glorious friendship. (After, of course, after I make up some excuses to text my BFFs and send them GIFs of ladies offering each other slow-motion high-fives and hugs, because that's what I want to do to them all day long.)
How women decide to live their lives varies, of course, and we all don't make the same life-decisions. That doesn't, of course, mean that we can only be friends with those who take the same paths we do. So, with that in mind and because female friendship is damn awesome, here are just a few things every pregnant woman wants her non-mom friends to know: