Women's Running

“You’re So Blessed”

This past June, at 39 weeks pregnant, I shared a photo of myself post-workout on Instagram, sweaty, baby bump and all. I got a slew of encouraging messages: #pregnancygoals and You look great, some of them read. But the truth was, I didn’t feel great. An avid runner myself, I had stopped logging miles about five weeks earlier because it simply felt too hard; that day, my workout had consisted of trudging through a 15-minute stairclimber session just to sweat. I responded to one of the messages. It was from an acquaintance in Annapolis who had just had her first daughter. Gah, so close (even though I know it doesn’t feel like it), she said. I told her I was doing well; that I was hoping to have the baby early. She responded: How are you really doing?

Think about how you reacted the last time someone told you they were pregnant. If it involved congratulatory words, oohs and ahhs,

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