What I’ve Learned for My Pregnancy from Kate’s
A friend announced the royal babyâ€™s pending arrival on Facebook today, garnering the popular reply: â€śAnd so are thousands of other women! :).â€ť My step-mother, who happens to be vacationing in London with my dad right now, sent a very excited text this morning announcing the news. And though Iâ€™m a little eye-rolly about the whole thingâ€”celebrity birth, blah, blah, boringâ€”Iâ€™m feeling a tinge of the excitement thatâ€™s infectiously spreading around the world.
I have no desire to have the pressure of a single person in the hospital waiting room come my due date in October (donâ€™t tell the tabloids!), so I canâ€™t imagine what it must be like to have a whole planet waiting with virtual cigars.Â That aside, I feel inspired by Kateâ€™s pregnancy. Hereâ€™s how:
1)Â Â Â Â Â No Twit Pics
It kind of goes without saying that Kate wasnâ€™t going to be posting pics of her swollen feet, but nonetheless, itâ€™s appreciated. I can be a sucker for a well-documented and social mediaâ€™d life, but I do appreciate restraint when I see it. So far Iâ€™ve only posted one belly pic on Facebook, which turned out to be a nice way to share my pregnancy with those in the â€śouter circleâ€ť of my lifeâ€”people I love but am not all that in touch with, and in turn receive lovely blessings for bebe. But Kate keeps me on track when Iâ€™m tempted to post the belly bikini shot. Iâ€™ll just share that with a couple of friends. Maybe.
2)Â Â Â Â Â Taking Time Off
Studies show that taking time to relax before giving birthâ€”even a few days, but preferably moreâ€”can result in better births for moms and babies. No wonderâ€”everyone is more relaxed and I imagine not fighting the urge to shuffle around the registry or nursery to stay focused on work is a luxury. Hard to predict, but her break helps validate my desire to cushion a little pre-birth chill time in there.
Â 3)Â Â Â Â Â Dressing Well
Of course, Kate is classy to the last. With sheath dresses tailored to accommodate a belly and sleek coats, sheâ€™s a model of demurity (?). My take-away is to wear only clothing that actually fits. Even a dress with a steep belly overhand makes me feel more puffy than pregs. Iâ€™m liking shorts or leggings with snug maternity shirts with side-ruching. This is part vanity, part making sure I get a seat on the subway.
Thanks, Kate! And good luck today! But no pressure!
Valerie Reiss is the Managing Editor of Mom365.