quotations about pregnancy
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never.
OSHO, The Way of the White Cloud
It's an occupational hazard of being a wife.
PRINCESS ANNE, her view of pregnancy, TV interview, 1981
If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.
NORA EPHRON, attributed, Woman to Woman
There is a power that comes to women when they give birth. They don't ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it.
SHERYL FELDMAN, attributed, Thinking Outside the Church: 110 Ways to Connect with Your Spiritual Nature
But the only thing harder than being pregnant is being just-no-longer pregnant. Right away, you long to go back to being pregnant, for two reasons. First, because when you were pregnant, at least you had a very good reason to look like Jabba the Hutt, and second, because when you were pregnant, every time your baby needed to eat in the middle of the night, you didn't have to get out of bed.
SHAUNA NIEQUIST, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky is the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.
LARRY BARRETTO, attributed, Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul
When you're pregnant, you can think of nothing but having your own body to yourself again, yet after having given birth you realize that the biggest part of you is now somehow external, subject to all sorts of dangers and disappearance, so you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out how to keep it close enough for comfort. That's the strange thing about being a mother: until you have a baby, you don't even realize how much you were missing one.
JODI PICOULT, Vanishing Acts
Pregnant women! They had that weird frisson, an aura of magic that combined awkwardly with an earthy sense of duty. Mundane, because they were nothing unique on the suburban streets; ethereal because their attention was ever somewhere else. Whatever you said was trivial. And they had that preciousness which they imposed wherever they went, compelling attention, constantly reminding you that they carried the future inside, its contours already drawn, but veiled, private, an inner secret.
RUTH MORGAN, attributed, Thinking Outside the Church: 110 Ways to Connect with Your Spiritual Nature
People always say that pregnant women have a glow. And I say it's because you're sweating to death.
JESSICA SIMPSON, "13 Brutally Honest Celebrity Quotes About Pregnancy", Marie Claire, March 30, 2016
Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.
CARRIE FISHER, attributed, Postcards from the Bump
I feel like I have a bowling ball sitting on my hoo-ha!
JESSICA SIMPSON, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.
ROBIN LIM, attributed, Oh Baby, I'm Having a Baby
Envy the kangaroo. That pouch setup is extraordinary; the baby crawls out of the womb when it is about two inches long, gets into the pouch, and proceeds to mature. I'd have a baby if it would develop in my handbag.
RITA RUDNER, Naked Beneath My Clothes
To me, life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.
RITA RUDNER, on pregnancy, Naked Beneath My Clothes
Have you ever seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers? That's pregnancy, folks.
JENNIFER GERMANO, "12 Moments When You Realize Pregnancy Is Exactly Like A Horror Movie", Romper, September 28, 2016
I had a complicated relationship with my body before I had kids. I have just never felt proud of it. Then I got pregnant, and I finally felt like my body was in its element. I had spent so long trying not to get pregnant, that when my husband and I decided to start a family, and it happened without much effort ... I finally felt like my body was cooperating with me.
LIZA WYLES, "10 Reasons Your Second Pregnancy Is Way Harder Than Your First", Romper, October 7, 2016
Everything about woman is a riddle, and everything about woman has a single solution: that is, pregnancy.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spake Zarathustra
In pregnancy, there are two bodies, one inside the other. Two people live under one skin.... When so much of life is dedicated to maintaining our integrity as distinct beings, this bodily tandem is an uncanny fact.
JOAN RAPHAEL-LEFF, Pregnancy: The Inside Story
Pregnancy seemed like a tremendous abdication of control. Something growing inside you which would eventually usurp your life.
ERICA JONG, Fear of Flying
Every woman while she would be ready to die of shame if surprised in the act of generation, nonetheless carries her pregnancy without a trace of shame and indeed with a kind of pride. The reason is that pregnancy is in a certain sense a cancellation of the guilt incurred by coitus; thus coitus bears all the shame and disgrace of the affair, while pregnancy, which is so intimately associated with it, stays pure and innocent and is indeed to some extent sacred.
ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, Essays and Aphorisms