It has been over three years since my youngest child was born. My life as a pregnant woman, which often seems incredibly far away from where I am now, can come right back to me in swells of emotions, memories, and sensations. Pregnancy, my journey into motherhood and the births of my children — the memories fade but it can all come back with vivid clarity.
Anni’s words in the forward of the book are very powerful, and so refreshing. In Sacred Pregnancy, Anni provides readers with a perspective on pregnancy that I didn’t find in any books I read.
In today’s Western cultures, the typical pregnancy resources focus heavily on the growth of the baby, often to the exclusion of the woman herself.
Yes! While this isn’t something that I was able to recognize myself during pregnancy, it is something that is so clear and true to me now.
When I was pregnant, almost all my energy was focused on preparing the nursery, researching baby gear, and shopping for baby clothes (aren’t we all suckers for tiny sleepers and those little shoes?!) The books I kept on my nightstand focused on my growing child, as well as any possible complication that could occur during each month of pregnancy. Refreshingly, Anni shifts the focus on to the mother who is growing and developing during the 40 weeks of pregnancy.
So much of pregnancy is focused on the baby. While the baby is obviously important, I would argue, like Anni does too, that allowing the woman, the mother-to-be, the space and support to prepare herself for motherhood is much more important than putting all the attention on the baby.
It is equally important to slow down and consider what is going on emotionally for you. Your body is changing, your emotions are spiraling, and your relationship with your partner is shifting. Introspection is critical as you prepare to step across the threshold to motherhood.
Throughout the book Anni creates a wealth of resources to do exactly this. Like many other pregnancy books, Sacred Pregnancy is divided into short chapters focusing on each of the 40 weeks of pregnancy. However, each short chapter contains reflections on your body, your baby, and your spirit. Additionally, each chapter focuses on a specific introspective topic, such as Joyfulness, Meditation, Body Image, and Trust. Following the reflections, which also include book, movie, food, and drink pairings for the topic, are several pages for the mother’s personal journaling.
Sacred Pregnancy is not a book that is going to give women a wealth of medical facts and figures (although there is an incredible wealth of detailed information, as well as suggested resources for learning more). It is not going to supply mothers with a litany of possible ailments that could strike you during pregnancy (and really, is that a positive view of pregnancy?). What Sacred Pregnancy is going to provide is a gentle guide down the path to motherhood. Not only will the reader receive support in preparing for the birth of her child, but she will also prepare for her own birth into motherhood.
Many people say that a woman can never be fully prepared for motherhood. While this is true in many regards, I believe that through Sacred Pregnancy Anni Daulter is coming closer to preparing women for motherhood than any other book I’ve come across.
Sacred Pregnancy is a book that I wish I’d had when I was pregnant. It is a book I will give to my dearest friends. I can even say that it is a book that will help me continue to grow as a mother, even three years after the birth of my youngest child. But mostly, Sacred Pregnancy is a book that holds empowering mothers at its core. And frankly, with this as its lofty goal, Sacred Pregnancy is a book that can change the world, one mother at a time.
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