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.