Tips by Trimester: A Becoming Mama Event

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Motherly's Becoming Mama event is an experiential and informative full-day event exploring all three trimesters of pregnancy—plus postpartum! The event will include engaging panels with industry leaders, interactive workshops with experts, intimate, honest stories from influential moms, and a chance to meet your new mom village IRL!

Saturday March 30
10:00am-3:30pm
Betaworks Studios
29 Little W. 12th St., NYC

Event Lineup:

10:00am: Registration + Breakfast

Sponsored by Siggi's

11:00am: Mindful Meditation

featuring Deborah Hanekamp @mamamedicine

11:20am: Finding Your Strength in Childbirth

featuring Eva Amuri @thehappilyeva; Morgane Richardson @doulamorgane; Tinamarie Clark @tinamarieclark; Diana Spalding @mother.ly

11:50am: Calming the Chaos of Motherhood

sponsored by One Medical

featuring Lindsey Bliss @carriagehousebirth; Colleen Wachob @mindbodygreen; Paige Bellenbaum @themotherhoodcenter; Margaret Chapman, M.D. @onemedical; Christie DeGallerie @iischristy

12:15pm: Lunch

1:25pm: Discovering Your Baby Balance

sponsored by Jetblack

featuring Bethany Ciotola @bethanyciotola; Claire Khodara @clairekhodara; Pooja Radia @jetblack; Liz Tenety @mother.ly

1:55pm: Navigating the Fourth Trimester

sponsored by Vital Proteins

featuring Randi Zinn @randizinn; Lashanda Dandrich @uptownvillagenyc; Lindsey Vestal @functionalpelvis; Caryn Johnson @vitalproteins

2:20pm: Snack Break

sponsored by Majka

3:00pm: Relationship SOS

featuring Alexandra Sacks MD @alexandrasacksmd; Alexis Barad Cutler @notsafeformomgroup

PLUS:

Motherly's Gear Lab featuring the best gear for 2019

sponsored by Born Free

Experience Reiki and Mini Sound Baths in our Wellness Lounge

sponsored by Crane

Take a Seat for a FaceLove Face Massage

sponsored by Evenflo

Enjoy a Light Breakfast & Healthy Lunch.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Born Free, Jetblack, Evenflo, Vital Proteins, Crane, Siggi's, Majka, SZENT Water

Our Gift Bag Sponsors: TwelveLittle, Chewbeads, June & January, OXO, Urbansitter, Weleda, Mom Culture & GimMe, First Aid Beauty, Rael, Water Wipes, Bundle Organics & Trumpette.

And our VIP Gift Bag Sponsors: TwelveLittle, Freshly Picked, HATCH Collection, Summer Infant & Wash With Water.

*While many of Motherly's events are family focused, there will not be specific activities or playspaces for babies or kids. this event is more mom-focused. Babies under 1 are welcome at this event, but a baby carrier is suggested as there's no room for strollers. Please use your discretion.

Meet our speakers

Eva Amurri Martino is a Mom, Wife, former Actress, and now… Blogger! She launched HappilyEvaAfter.com in 2015 as a way to share her multifaceted interests that range from Style, Decor, Food and Crafting—to her role as a new mama! Catch her on social media @thehappilyeva or on her Youtube channel.


Lindsey Bliss is a seasoned birth doula, co-director of Carriage House Birthh and the mother of seven. Lindsey is considered to be a multiples expert after giving birth to and breastfeeding two consecutive sets of twins. As such, Lindsey lends her unique expert insight to the education wing of Carriage House Birth through curriculum building, class development and the dissemination of education through teaching, blog posts, periodical writing and authorship. Lindsey is a newly published author of the book The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth.


Morgane Richardson has been birth doula and perinatal health educator since 2012 and wears a variety of hats in this field including: Former Director of the NYC Doula Collective, Current Head of Practitioner Relations at CYCLES + SEX & Co-Founder of Woven Bodies, an inclusive digital practice supporting queer folks + allies from family planning through parenthood. Morgane holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN Mandated, University For Peace. She currently makes her home in Brooklyn, NY with her wife Alexandra and their 11 month old daughter.


Deborah Hanekamp, known as Mama Medicine, is "fashion's favorite healer" (Vogue Magazine). She facilitates Medicine Readings out of her Space in Soho, NYC, integrating over 17 years of experience and wisdom in the healing arts. Her work blends ancient knowledge from across a variety of traditions. At the end of every Medicine Reading Ceremony, Deborah prescribes a ritual bath. These beautiful baths (with flowers, crystals, and herbs), along with her unique aesthetic and approachable personality, have garnered Mama Medicine tens of thousands of global followers on Instagram. Her work has been featured in Vogue, New York Times, and Marie Claire. In a world of gurus and self-help, Mama Medicine helps us connect to the inner shaman within us all: the power of love. Follow Deborah @MamaMedicine


Alexandra Sacks, MD is the leading expert on "matrescence," the transition to motherhood that is as demanding and transformative as adolescence. She is known for popularizing the concept in her TED talk with over 1.5 million views, and in her article "The Birth of a Mother," the number one most read piece of 2017 for the New York Times "Well Family" section, where she is a regular contributor. She is the host and executive producer of Motherhood Sessions podcast to be released in April 2019 by Gimlet Media, and coauthor of What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood available for pre-sale now.


Colleen Wachob is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in international relations and Spanish, and spent 10 years working at Fortune 500 companies including Gap, Walmart and Amazon. Colleen lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, mbg Founder and Co-CEO Jason Wachob.


LaShanda Dandrich is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC and co- founder of the worker owner Cooperative, Uptown Village Cooperative. After the birth of her daughter in 2009, her passion for breastfeeding and supporting mothers and families in the postpartum period blossomed. She became a trained postpartum doula while pursuing her IBCLC credential. She has supported families of all diverse, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds throughout NYC. She resides in Harlem with her 10 year old daughter.


Christy DeGallerie is a New York writer and performer, she can be seen on Refinery 29, Huffington Post, Pop Sugar, Bustle and other various publications. Her work intersects identity and the humor in parenting. She lives north of Manhattan with her responsible and well dressed roommate, whom happens to be her 5 year old daughter, Ava.


Tinamarie Clark is a mother, model and shift stirrer. She guides people through her Five S-Method ™ , which is designed to transform negative emotions and storylines into more positive and empowering ones, while helping them forge deeper connections to themselves and our humanity. She frequently shares "magic in the mundane" moments and "owning your awful" stories, revealing the lessons in her everyday experiences that create transformative shifts in her growth. She holds space and curates conversations for others to share their own Shift Stirring Stories and push to the edge of their own evolution. Learn more at shiftstirrer.com.


Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW is the Chief External Relations Officer at The Motherhood Center. The Motherhood Center provides treatment and support to new and expectant mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) otherwise known as postpartum depression. Paige has 20 year experience creating and overseeing programs for vulnerable populations, as well as advocating and providing education for such populations.

Caryn Johnson is senior vice president of marketing at Vital Proteins, and the force behind Vital's brand strategy. Caryn leads digital programming, celebrity, influencer & brand relationships, brand activation, messaging and consumer education. Her deep-rooted knowledge of the natural beauty space comes from her previous work with well-known skincare brand, Indie Lee, where she honed her integrated marketing skills and helped grow the brand exponentially. At Vital, Caryn has cultivated an aspirational lifestyle where fitness, wellness and beauty are one in the same.


Alexis Barad-Cutler is the founder and facilitator of Not Safe For Mom Group (NSFMG), an online and in-real-life community where women can find connection in talking candidly -- and without shame -- about the grittier sides of the motherhood experience. Also known as "The Mom Group You Didn't Know You Needed," NSFMG publishes boundary-pushing content about motherhood, and hosts live events and meetups in NYC. Alexis lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband, and their two young boys.


Bethany Ciotola is an advertising graduate turned stay at home mom, married with two and became a content creator sharing our everyday beautiful chaos of NYC life with our 3 boys.


Pooja Radia is a soon-to-be mom of 2 boys and 1 dog who is currently running Member Experience at Jetblack, a text-based personal shopping service for busy NYC moms. After earning her MBA at Wharton and spending two years at The Boston Consulting Group (and getting worn down from weekly travels from NYC to Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and even Italy!), she got bitten by the startup bug and launched/ran Luxe's NYC business until the company was sold to Volvo in the summer of 2017. Pooja is committed to building amazing consumer experiences for her fellow busy (and pregnant!) moms and always striving to find hacks on how to make it all work without losing her sense of self.


Margaret "Peggy" Chapman, MD, MS, FA is a board-certified pediatrician with One Medical. Peggy focuses on establishing a trusting and respectful relationship with parents and children to forge a therapeutic alliance. She believes preventive care and parent education are key to raising happy, healthy children-and she feels privileged to be part of the process. She enjoys working with children of all ages, from newborns through adolescents, and is especially interested in child behavior, child development, parenting, and ADHD. She graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and did a chief residency in pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital.


Claire Khodara is a singer, live music event producer, radio show host, and mother based in New York. Her international career spans 15 years, with residencies in London & Paris, including performing with David Foster on his most recent tour.


Lindsey Vestal owns The Functional Pelvis, a private practice specializing in pelvic floor therapy "house calls" for pre and postnatal women. She has dedicated her career to empowering women to find relief from conditions such as bowel and urinary incontinence, constipation, dyspareunia, pelvic pain, prolapse and pre and postnatal complications. She has trained with Herman & Wallace Institute, Marquette University, Diane Lee's Integrated Systems Model, Maitland as well as specialized biofeedback training for the pelvic floor. She is a certified Restore Your Core™ (RYC™) teacher. She graduated from NYU with a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy and lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children Avery, 7 and Liam, 5.


Liz Tenety is co-founder and Chief Digital Officer of Motherly. A former Washington Post editor, she's also a mom of 3 with one more on the way.

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When it comes to holiday gifts, we know what you really want, mama. A full night's sleep. Privacy in the bathroom. The opportunity to eat your dinner while it's still hot. Time to wash—and dry!—your hair. A complete wardrobe refresh.


While we can't help with everything on your list (we're still trying to figure out how to get some extra zzz's ourselves), here are 14 gift ideas that'll make you look, if not feel, like a whole new woman. Even when you're sleep deprived.

Gap Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater

When winter hits, one of our go-to outfits will be this tunic-length sweater and a pair of leggings. Warm and everyday-friendly, we can get behind that.

$69.95

Gap Cigarette Jeans

These high-waisted straight-leg jeans have secret smoothing panels to hide any lumps and bumps (because really, we've all got 'em).

$79.95

Tiny Tags Gold Skinny Bar Necklace

Whether engraved with a child's name or date of birth, this personalized necklace will become your go-to piece of everyday jewelry.

$135.00

Gap Brushed Pointelle Crew

This wear-with-anything soft pink sweater with delicate eyelet details can be dressed up for work or dressed down for weekend time with the family. Versatility for the win!

$79.95

Gap Flannel Pajama Set

For mamas who sleep warm, this PJ set offers the best of both worlds: cozy flannel and comfy shorts. Plus, it comes with a coordinating eye mask for a blissed-out slumber.

$69.95

Spafinder Gift Card

You can't give the gift of relaxation, per say, but you can give a gift certificate for a massage or spa service, and that's close enough!

$50.00

Gap Stripe Long Sleeve Crewneck

This featherweight long-sleeve tee is the perfect layering piece under hoodies, cardigans, and blazers.

$29.95

Gap Chenille Smartphone Gloves

Gone are the days of removing toasty gloves before accessing our touchscreen devices—thank goodness!

$9.95

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Make multiple trips to the microwave a thing of the past with a app-controlled smart mug that'll keep your coffee or tea at the exact temperature you prefer for up to an hour.

$79.95

Gap Flannel Shirt

Our new favorite flannel boasts an easy-to-wear drapey fit and a flattering curved shirttail hem.

$59.95

Gap Sherpa-Lined Denim Jacket

Stay warm while looking cool in this iconic jean jacket, featuring teddy bear-soft fleece lining and a trendy oversized fit.

$98.00

Gap Crazy Stripe Scarf

Practical and stylish, this cozy scarf adds a pop of color—well, colors—to any winter ensemble.

$39.95

Nixplay Seed Frame

This digital picture frame is perfect for mamas who stay up late scrolling through their phone's photo album to glimpse their kiddos being adorable. By sending them to this smart frame to view throughout the day, you can get a few extra minutes of sleep at night!

$165.00

Gap Crewneck Sweater

Busy mamas will appreciate that this supersoft, super versatile Merino wool sweater is machine washable.

$59.95

This article was sponsored by GAP. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and Mamas.

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Can you believe it's already time to start decorating for the holidays? And this year, Target is making it easier than ever to create inviting holiday spaces that are still neat, organized and clutter-free. Whether your style is whimsical, traditional or rustic, there are plenty of neutral creams, frosty whites and touches of evergreen that will take you through the holidays and well into the new year with style.

This holiday also marks the 3-year anniversary of the launch of Joanna Gaines' Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line. The collection features nearly 300 new pieces from gifting and décor to entertaining. Oh, and this season they have faux Christmas trees!

Ready to create your own modern winter wonderland at home? Grab our favorite minimalist piece:

Joy wire Christmas wreath

Joy wire Christmas wreath

The word "Joy" isn't a holiday classic for nothing—it's sure to bring lots of smiles and laughs to any home. And when it's atop the garland in this festive wreath, it's an instant pick-me-up. Plus, for an extra twist: This comes pre-strung with white LED bulbs for a little light to brighten dark spaces.

$45

Mini cable-knit stocking

Mini cable-knit stocking

This stocking brings simplistic holiday cheer to just about any living space. This mini size is perfect for little ones or if you just want stockings that don't take up too much space.

$4

Faux white pine garland

Faux white pine garland

Bring the outdoors indoors with a garland that can be framed around your door. Or add holiday spirit to your table runner with a garland centerpiece. We love how realistic this one looks for such an affordable price.

$24.99

Whitewash advent calendar

Whitewash advent calendar

Let's be honest, advent calendars are nice, but some have gone a bit overboard in how complicated they are. But not this one. The cutout shape of a tree features rows of numbers, while a roaming wreath moves the countdown along. Simple, yet chic.

$20

Round tree skirt

Round tree skirt

No tree is complete without a beautiful tree skirt. This striped one is a must-have for a farmhouse-inspired atmosphere. Even better if you want a splash of rustic charm that matches your other holiday décor.

$39.99

Mini marquee star wall sign

Mini marquee star wall sign

Brighten up your living room with this attention-grabbing statement piece. Hang the star sign on your entryway wall to help welcome guests, or place it on your mantel, shelf or end table alongside other accents to add touches of holiday cheer in a minimalist way.

$8

Ceramic house decorative figurine

Ceramic house decorative figurine

This tiny house with windows, door and a chimney lends realistic, whimsical appeal, but the solid ceramic design allows it to be used from season to season. Place a small light inside to light up your mantle when standard candles won't suffice.

$8

Wood garland

Wood garland

Sometimes less is more! Upgrade your staircase or tree with this simplistic wooded garland. Pair with fresh cedar and grapevine twigs to create a striking focal point on your home.

$12.99

Joy wall decor

Joy wall decor

Create holiday cheer in a small way by adding holiday wall art that sparks a bit of joy.

For a refined look, the decor offers a hardwood frame and the sawtooth back allows for easy display on tiny spaces that need a touch of holiday spirit.

$9.99

Stocking holder

Stocking holder

Minimalists will rejoice for this multi-tasking stocking holder—acting as both festive signage and a holder for multiple stockings. It's simple, charming and will look great on your mantle for years to come.

$29.99
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Madison Vining, mama of six, recently posted an honest message that went viral on Instagram. In it she described how we can't really have the full picture of someone's life just by what they post on social media. It's little fragments of their life, which probably leave out the really good moments when people decide to put the phone down to be present, and also the really bad moments they don't want documented.

The post, which has almost 12,000 likes and hundreds of comments, received a lot of praise from other parents thanking her for hitting the nail on the head.

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The post reads:

"Instagram stories. Let's talk.

If someone uses the maximum amount of stories allowed in a day (all the teeny tiny dots) guess what? All together, it totals less than an hour of their 24-hour day. Does that surprise you? It's true. It's a peek of 1/24th of their day. Furthermore, it's probably the calmest parts. After all, when was the last time you got into a fight with your husband and thought "Hang on, let me insta-story this!" or had your hands full of screaming babies and thought "Hang on... let me try and hold a phone, too!"

I really want to challenge you.

Before you look at her life and become jealous: you likely did not see her raise her voice as she struggled through schoolwork with her kids, or her picking up trash after the dog ripped it up and dragged it all over the driveway, or her doctor give her a terrifying diagnosis, or her son's preschool teacher call and say he's been a problem... Again. Or her crying because she hates her body and hasn't felt like herself in so long. Or her going to bed each day feeling guilty and like she didn't do enough for everyone. Or her husband being out of work. Or her dad who walked out on her as a kid and it still hurts. Or her burning dinner and yelling a swear word in front of her kids.

Yeah, you don't see all the bad.

But you know what? Before you look at her life and become critical, know that you didn't see her singing worship music and taking extra time as she changed her baby's diaper. You didn't see her driving all the way to recycle center when the trash would have been easier. You didn't see her close her laptop, close her eyes, and stop to pray for someone she doesn't know. You didn't see her tell her daughter, "Just keep killing them with kindness, baby" as she sobbed in her arms about a bully. You didn't see her give up "me time" to prioritize date night with her husband. You didn't see her take her oldest to lunch. You didn't see her anonymous donation.

You don't see a lot of the beautiful things that happen in her life and in her heart, because they're sacred and the first thought that pops into her mind isn't, "I should grab my phone right now."

You don't see it all. Be kind to one another."

Thank you for saying what many think, mama.

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Do you feel it?

That little spark ✨ in the air that only comes around this time of year is starting to buzz and pop around us. There's nothing quite like the joy and excitement that comes with counting down to the holidays—especially with your kids who think last Christmas was forever ago.

And what better way to count down to Christmas than with an Advent calendar? We've rounded up our favorites that you can use year after year, mama.

House advent calendar

It's perfectly neutral to go with any type of holiday decor, but is made to bring a spark of magic and fun as your kids rush each morning to find out what's inside the tiny drawers.

$55.30

Advent calendar wreath

This has to be the most unique advent calendar we've ever seen. We love everything about it: The simple metal hoop, the greenery and the 24 kraft boxes that can be filled with goodies for both adults and kids. It's so pretty, we might even leave it up past Christmas!

$35

Countdown to Christmas advent calendar

We love that you can fill this one with your own treats that can change as your kids grow. And it doesn't have to be sweets. It can be filled with stickers, little toys, handmade goodies and more.

$38

Modern farmhouse Christmas countdown

No treats required for this simple, beautiful sign.

$34.95

Metal advent calendar

This sleek metal sign comes with 25 small muslin bags and 30 cards you can tuck into each one. The cards have an activity or kind gesture you and your kids can do to celebrate the season.

$40

Ernie and Irene llama advent calendar

Add a touch of whimsy and coziness with this sweet calendar featuring a knit llama.

$128

DIY advent calendar kit

For the crafty mamas in the group, this sweet kit has everything you and your family need to create your advent calendar together. Once you've assembled all the houses, you can fill it with whatever treats your family will love.

$36

Customizable advent calendar

This sweet and modern fabric calendar can be customized with your family name or cherished holiday phrase. It also comes with a set of 24 activity cards you can pop into each pocket.

$107

Clever Creations traditional wooden Christmas advent calendar

Clever Creations Traditional Wooden Christmas Advent Calendar

This beautiful calendar is a showpiece. It lights up to create a cozy and festive scene.

$43

Light-up stacking house glitter advent calendar

Enjoy a tower of pre-lit cottages that will light up your home each day leading up to Christmas.

$149

My Kindness advent calendar

My Kindness Advent Calendar

The holidays are all about giving—and that doesn't stop with just material items. We can give in the form of kindness every single day, and this calendar helps us do just that.

$75

Blue and gray Christmas socks advent calendar garland

We love the twist on a traditional calendar with this sweet garland of 24 stockings.

$29.69

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Even though I'm almost halfway through my pregnancy, I still don't trust that I'm pregnant. Some people might feel this way in the beginning of theirs (at least for a little while); shocked into disbelief that some very specific cells in our bodies can become babies. But I have a hard time believing because of my bump. Or rather, because I don't appear to have one at all.

I thought the bump would be a big part of my pregnancy and I'm bummed it's not. I assumed it would knight me into the world of impending motherhood, where you hold a funeral for all the clothes you will never fit into again; where the other people in your yoga class think you're being lazy but they don't realize you have to modify the poses so you don't squish the baby; and where you believe (unreasonably) that your dog will calm down on walks because he senses you're suddenly much more afraid of falling.

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Even without it, I do get a lot of reminders that I'm pregnant: My nipples itch constantly. I need to use the bathroom every 30 minutes (sometimes 20!). I just started getting heartburn, which I've never had before. My hobbies are picking fights with my husband, going to sleep at 8pm and not knowing what to eat for lunch because nothing is appetizing. Today I did, however, put salt on a half sour pickle.

But I'm still skeptical because my body hasn't changed. If you saw me on the street today, you would not be able to tell I'm expecting a boy in April.

I've coveted the baby bump ever since I experienced a miscarriage earlier this year. With that pregnancy, I had no symptoms at all (no nausea, no stomach twinges, no breast pain, no nothing), which I thought was a little weird, but I assumed everything would be fine. Then after the doctor confirmed I miscarried at six weeks, it made sense why I didn't feel anything.

When I found out I was pregnant this time, I was obsessed with what and how I felt and I interpreted every tiny disruption from the norm as an assurance the baby was still in there and okay. This helped ease my anxiety for a while.

A second failed pregnancy felt imminent when friends and acquaintances began remarking that I was "not showing" or "hardly showing." It seemed that while I had accumulated many pieces of pregnancy that I didn't have before, I was still missing the most universally accepted indicator I was doing a good job supporting the growth of a healthy baby: The bump.

But since I don't have it, it feels like I'm already a bad mother. It feels like my body is gaslighting me. Am I even really pregnant if there's no bump to indicate I am? It's easy to explain the symptoms away without one, as if they are caused by other factors like the weather or doing too much physical activity or just being in my 30s. It's feels like my body is betraying me. After all I've been through, my body can't (or won't) do the biggest thing that would reassure me this pregnancy is going to work out? What other mischief is it capable of?

The longed baby bump arrives at different times during pregnancy for different people and I know there are no benefits to comparing my pregnancy to anyone else's. The best thing for my health (and therefore the health of the baby) is to try and remain as calm as possible. There's no evidence to suggest anything's wrong with the baby. All my blood tests come back normal, as do all the routine screens for things like spina bifida and trisomies.

But once you doubt your body for the first time, it's very easy to do it again. From there, it's not long until you're doubting each individual piece of yourself. In addition to struggling with the fact that I don't have a bump, I also worry about my motherly intuition—that special sauce that will get me through the toughest parts of having a newborn. It would be nice if I could simply acquire it before the birth, like the baby bottles or the baby bathtub or any of the other numerous items on our baby shower registry.

Friends and family say it doesn't happen that way—it shows up after birth. This doesn't seem right! It feels like I need to have these instincts before the baby arrives. They all say, "It's hard to believe, but you'll be fine. Once the baby is here, that's when your instincts kick in. It's almost like you wake up one morning and you know enough to get through the coming days." This may be acceptable to other people, but I find it hard to believe because I have only ever been uncomfortable around infants.

I don't want my child to doubt himself the way I doubt myself. I would like him to be confident in his skills, his knowledge, in who he is as a person. I also know that in order for him to be this way, I have to show him how.

So for the next five months, I'm going to practice trusting myself. I'm going to trust my body -- that it will do what I expect it to do, which is help my baby develop and grow until he can be born. Even if it doesn't look like the bodies of any other pregnant people I see, I will believe it is working in my favor. Even if it is not as obvious that I am pregnant as I think it should be.

I'm also not going to worry I don't know enough to have a baby. I'm sure someone will say to me soon, no one knows enough to have a baby before they have a baby. Until they say it, I'm going to say it to myself. I will say it to myself when I am in the shower and when I am loading the dishwasher and when I am looking for something to watch on Netflix and when I am reading a book that I am not sure if I'm enjoying. And I will say it to pregnant women when they see I have a baby and ask for advice.

I will trust that I am going to be a good mother, for him.

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