New pregnancy trends–babymoons, push presents, maternity pics

There are some new prenancy trends I’ve heard about from my young childbearing friends.  Frankly when I first heard about them I was a bit put off–they seemed over indulgent.  But then I had a long conversation with my daughter.  She helped me understand these trends celebrate and memorialize the wonderful miracle that is called Having A Baby!

The first is a babymoon.  A couple takes a babymoon, usually when the woman is in her second trimester.  It’s the last quiet getaway a couple gets to take before the advent of sleepless nights and seeing life through a haze of exhaustion.   Who knows when the couple will have another chance to get away once the baby is born.  What a great idea.  Wished I had thought about it when I was pregnant. I also think all babymoons should be in some exciting city at a great hotel with breakfast in bed.

The second trend is a push present.  I had no clue what it was when I first heard about push presents.  It’s the gift (preferably something that stretches the budget) the new father gives the new mom when the baby is born. It’s the new mom’s reward for all the hard work (and I don’t deny it’s hard work) of pushing that baby into the world.  An example of a push present given recently by one of my family members is a Cartier watch.  Even with three pushes under my belt, I don’t have a Cartier watch.  Got to work on that.  Now the best push present is the baby itself, but I agree it’s wonderful for the dad to acknowledge the 9 months of pregnancy and many hours of labor to produce the baby.

Finally, there’s the maternity photo—preferably an art shot done by a professional photographer.  This photo memorializes the feelings of unparalleled happiness and joy of pregnancy.  That’s a good thing and hopefully overshadows the memories of the crashing tiredness and all-day morning sickness through the first trimester, heartburn and sciatica during the second, and finally, the “There’s not one comfortable position to sit or sleep” during the third.

And then there are the other wonderful moments we cherish – the first steps, the first day of school, high school graduation, your child’s wedding.   There’s going to be lots of things in a parent’s life (and a grandparents too) that will evoke unparalleled feelings of happiness.

I have one more suggestion for a new trend:  on the child’s birthday, the mom should get the party and the presents!

Let me know what you think about these pregnancy trends.

 

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2 Responses to New pregnancy trends–babymoons, push presents, maternity pics

  1. June Taylor says:

    Ahhh BABYMOON — gr8 term. We did that w/o knowing that’s what we were doing. Went to Tampa/St. Pete’s and to sun bathe I had to dig a hole in the sand for my big belly. Also, since that part of Florida is heavily populated with seniors — retired and visiting from the North, we were about the youngest people around. YES, I recommend it!

  2. abby says:

    I love the idea of a push present! The tradition is designed to give the mother something that she will have for the rest of her life that commemorates her experience of bringing a new life into the world. The actual gift itself should be symbolic of an endless love and desire for protection of the mother and child throughout their lives. It’s deep, emotional, and beautiful. That being said, new shoes would not fall into the category of a “perfect push present”, and it is not a selfish act but rather a self-LESS act of kindness and joy. Juno Lucina just launched a whole line of beautiful push gifts for new mothers (www.jlucina.com). That is what the perfect push gift looks like.

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