What I learned from being pregnant (part 1 in a series)

21 December 2009 at 1:14 am Leave a comment

A native New Yorker, I learned that you can talk to strangers after all: the world won’t end, and you can smile at them, respond to their questions, and even engage them in conversation on your own. More generally, I learned that we’re not all alone in the busy crowded world—when I’m outside rushing from one place to another, I learned to slow down and think about the people around me and interact with them.

I learned to slow down, too (did I mention the “I’m a New Yorker” part?): you can stop reading a book or using your phone while walking—just look around you, enjoy the view and the day and breathe deep and relax.

I learned how to relax: Hypnobirthing was fabulous for me, though I didn’t actually use it during labor. I did, however, use it every night and many many days during my pregnancy—stressful situation at work, annoying bureaucratic paperwork headaches, crazy in-law drama? Check, check, check. I just replay the .mp3 in my mind, or do Rainbow Relaxation wherever I am. I don’t think I really knew how to relax before, on any sort of intentional level.

I learned to be more intentional about life in general, to have better posture, to eat lots of protein and watch the protein content of foods. . . little things, yes, but they all add up.

So, what did you learn?

–Christina

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