Pregnancy Lessons: Avoid Opinions

I have been reading too many books about pregnancy – and they all say pretty much the same thing. I’ve also spent way too much time on websites like The Bump and Baby Center to read the forums and discussions on everything from dealing with backaches, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and unruly in-laws. I’ve also heard manymanymany stories from folks about their pregnancies and what they did during them, and usually what I should do during mine, too. It gets to be a bit overwhelming.

So, it’s a good time for me to spend less time obsessing over every piece of information even from books and websites. Ultimately that’s a control issue for me, and I know that while some amount of preparation is good, there’s no way to be fully prepared for the raising of children. At the same time, I do appreciate the stories from folks around me – women passing on their experiences like they’re passing down family recipes…it’s special. Still, it’s probably a good to take everything with a grain of salt, and not let too much get to me.

This is a good lesson in trusting my own instincts…and being gracious to others.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.” -Galatians 5

One thought on “Pregnancy Lessons: Avoid Opinions

  • November 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

    We have a friend who calls them “Parent-noia” books. Just say no.
    They lead down a slippery slope. Enjoy each day that is unique and special for you and your babies. If you have specific questions, ask them, but other than that, I’ll be praying for you to simply “be” pregnant. What a beautiful, exciting time!

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