Susan Sarandon's Daughter Eva Got Real About Pregnancy Expectations On Her Blog
Eva Amurri Martino isn't just an actress, she's a mom with a blog, and she's got some pretty awesome perspectives on parenting. Not only does she blog about crafty ideas for making a home, and yummy food and beauty tips, but she also writes candidly about her experiences with motherhood. This last week, Susan Sarandon's daughter got real about pregnancy disappointment when she wrote about her second pregnancy (she's due this winter).
Amurri Martino writes (and Instagrams!) frequently at Happily Eva After, sharing adorable pics of her daughter, Marlow; tips for decor, style, and travel (all with kid in tow); and candid, often funny and sweet, stories from her day. Last week, she shared a heartfelt blog about how her current pregnancy has different from her previous two. Amurri Martino had a miscarriage, which she also wrote openly about, last year.
When her daughter Marlowe (who just had her second birthday Aug. 9) was born, Amurri Martino had decided late in her pregnancy that she wanted to have a home birth. The experience was positive, so when she became pregnant again, she decided that she wanted to start with that aim in mind from the beginning. But, unlike her pregnancy with Marlowe, where she had "like ten" ultrasounds, with this pregnancy (per midwives' guidelines) she's had just two. In her blog she writes:
This time, things are proving to be (and feel) different for Amurri Martino, and she wanted to share her feelings with her readers — many of whom are moms – so they would know they aren't alone. Especially when she had her first, and only, 3-D ultrasound last week and was hoping she'd get to see her baby boy's face — only to have things not quite go as she'd hoped: the baby was positioned with his back to the ultrasound wand. Not to be discouraged, Amurri Martino got creative about trying to coax him to turn around:
And when she'd tried everything she could think of, and the ultrasound tech said it just wasn't going to happen, Amurri Martino felt discouraged, worried, and had a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach that she just couldn't shake. To top it all off, what she did find out during the ultrasound was that the baby was breech.
She headed home, thinking that her worries were just because she was scared "not to have those pictures," — which had been really helpful to her when she gave birth to Marlowe. On her way home, though, she realized that there had been something else giving her anxiety throughout her appointment, and it gave her a moment of pause:
She encouraged her readers, especially those who are also expecting, to share their feelings openly and honestly. "Pregnancy is a really raw and emotional time for any woman," she wrote on Happily Eva After, and reminded them that it's okay to feel upset when things don't go as planned — but to also remember that "even more magical things might be waiting for us outside and beyond our plans…"
And when things get really overwhelming? Amurri Martino can always reach out to her mom, actress and activist Susan Sarandon.