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In the middle of all the nausea, excitement, stress and discomfort of pregnancy, an old feeling bubbles up. You’ve felt it before countless times, but during pregnancy and parenthood, this feeling gets amplified. It’s almost as if a higher power understood that parenting is hard and you’re going to need some extra tools to get through it. That’s why new parents get a big heaping dose of gratitude to go along with the hormones, hassles and hoopla of parenthood.
But gratitude isn’t a one-dimensional emotion. It can be sharp and messy, confusing and overwhelming. Dr. Jessica Zucker, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who specializes in maternal health says: “Gratitude can be tricky when it comes to parenthood. Are we supposed to feel grateful for the seemingly irrational toddler meltdowns, the sleepless nights or the mind numbing moments when babies are too young to truly interact? Are we supposed to feel grateful when a stranger asks when we’re due to give birth when we had the baby three months ago? Parenting yields a newfound appreciation for the spectrum of moment-to-moment changes in human development, interpersonal relating and identity shifts. Morsels of sweet happiness pop in at unforeseeable times throughout the day, creating pockets of pause when we as parents realize that the rough patches are worth it. After all, it's the little things that matter most.”
What morsels of gratitude do you have to look forward to? This list of 50 is just the beginning.
First trimester: As you start your journey to parenthood, count on being grateful for:
The second trimester: You’re feeling better and oh-so-grateful that: