Have you been wondering where I’ve been lately? To tell you the truth, I have too. The good—no, the amazingly miraculous news is—I’m pregnant! Hooray! The bad news is, being pregnant as a highly sensitive person/empath is not easy. I’m pretty sure being pregnant as a regular person isn’t easy either but we all know those women who swear the experience transformed them into beautiful glowing goddesses (I’m pretty sure those women only exist on Instagram).
Let’s just say I’m not really good at this whole pregnancy thing. From Michelle Duggar to Kim Kardashian, I’m totally on the Kim Kardashian “I hate this. Where are my f-ing Cheetos?!” end of the pregnancy spectrum. (BTW: That is where my similarities with Kim Kardashian end.) My body basically feels like it has been revolting for the past 4.5 months. But if all goes well, soon I will have a baby and then it will all be worth it—at least that’s what everyone keeps telling me. According to the five pregnancy apps I check hourly, a woman’s brain shrinks 8% when pregnant. As a highly sensitive person, however, my brain has shrunk 98% and doesn’t have the capacity to comprehend the future. It’s sole priorities are:
- Finding foods that won’t make me barf.
- Finding a place to lie down/sit down/ take a nap.
- Finding pants that fit.
I really wanted to call this blog post, “The Empath’s Guide to Pregnancy,” and use my pain and suffering for something helpful. But the truth is, as a highly sensitive person I still have no clue how to get through pregnancy comfortably. Nothing I’ve done has been able to make things that much easier. As someone whose body and soul feel everything so intensely, this may just be par for the course. I find acceptance has been the best medicine. Also eating peanut butter cream pies.
Instead of making a cute pregnancy announcement that doesn’t exactly reflect my pregnancy, I decided to debut my bump in this funny video by my good friend Deva Dalporto over at My Lifesuckers, which gives you a good idea of my activities over the last few months, as well as what I have to look forward to as a mother. Enjoy!