A new movie came out this past weekend that makes me think back on my pregnancy days. What to Expect when You’re Expecting stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and a ton of big stars highlighting the highs and lows of those fascinating 9 months. It looks hilarious. And makes me realize how far we've come – publicizing those "unspeakable" pregnancy quirks and emotions previous generations never shared.
Now we learn about the very real birthing experience from movies like Knocked Up. And the What to Expect character Elizabeth Banks shares the hardships the baby can put on our bodies. It feels like forever ago, but I can still remember how swollen my feet were! And my body seemed to retain every drop of water I ever drank.
Pregnancy trends have changed a lot when I was last pregnant. From the fun and frivolous (gender revealing parties, sprinkles as well as showers, $900 strollers), to the informative (mom message boards, open discussions about infertility, these laugh-out-loud pregnancy movies). Dads are also sharing in the glory (and griping). What to Expect has the hilarious Chris Rock as part of a "Dudes Group" where hands-on dads confide every mistake and every issue without getting judged. No judgment is key. This is what we try to instill in our message boards and Care.com community as well. I mean, let's face it, pregnancy is miraculous and beautiful – but it's not easy. Neither is parenthood.
And sometimes even the best books don't tell you that your feet will look like Shaquille O’Neal’s.
So tell me: What do you wish you had known to expect about pregnancy – or what pregnancy advice would you tell someone else?
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