Happy Bump Day – Hump Day! I’ve been dedicating Wednesdays to writing about pregnancy and motherhood, but really this entire month should be dedicated to pregnancy because it’s Pregnancy Awareness Month. Since I know some of you probably aren’t aware, I thought I’d repost a blog I wrote last year that explains the history behind Pregnancy Awareness Month. My heart fills as I I look back on this article the year that has gone by since I wrote it. Landon was only 6 weeks old and I had just begone to blog about pregnancy. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned and changed in twelve months. Just for fun, here’s Landon and me now compared to the pic below from a year ago where he’s only six weeks old!
Sara’s Blog from May 2, 2011
Let’s celebrate! It’s Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM)! Never heard of it? Neither had I…until I joined the club and started doing some “googling.” Apparently, it’s been around since May 2008, with the goal of empowering pregnant women and their families. As a brand new mom and fitness advocate for pregnant women, I love the idea of having an entire month dedicated to supporting and honoring new moms and moms-to-be!
Here’s what PAM’s two founders, Anna Getty & Alisa Donner, have to say about pregnancy and why they created PAM:
“My life was altered not only by the birth of my daughter, but by the experience and choices I made as I prepared my body, mind and spirit to become pregnant and the incredible inward journey of pregnancy itself. In PAM we have adopted the tagline: “Motherhood Begins Now®,” and I really believe that. I took that message to heart before I actually became pregnant as a way to prepare my mind, body and household for this fabulous moment of creativity, and my life literally turned upside down, for the better.” (Anna Getty, March 2008)
“What I know from my experience as a pregnant woman, mom, and teacher is that talking, community, and mutual support is essential.” (Alisa Donner, June 2010)
I couldn’t agree more with both of these statements, which is why I’m taking this month to blog and share my thoughts, experiences, and opinions on pregnancy, pre and post natal. I hope, like Alisa, that I can provide a place for moms to ask questions, vent to each other, and share stories regarding their pregnancy and motherhood. I am by no means an expert on being a mom (my son was only born 6 weeks ago), so I hope you will take my blogs on motherhood as what they are – opinions. Think of this as “Deep Thoughts . . . by Sara Haley (if you’re old enough to remember that SNL skit). That said, I do have expertise in fitness, so I hope that you will consider my recommendations in that realm more seriously . . . I had trained pre and post natal clients prior to my own pregnancy and always followed the “rules” that I had learned in my pre/post natal workshops. My own pregnancy, however, has forced me to experience, reflect, and change some of my previous opinions on what I had learned. This is the information I look forward to sharing the most. Stay tuned…
Please feel free to leave your own comments and discuss with each other, or if you have any questions for me or topics you’d like to see discussed, email me at email@example.com Remember to spread the word about Pregnancy Awareness Month a month to celebrate your pregnancy . . . gather information . . . support a pregnant friend or loved one . . . and give thanks to all those who help continue the circle of life!