Thanks to our friend Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk from Bump Club Chicago for this great post!
From the minute you find out you are pregnant, it is all you think about 24/7. If you are keeping your pregnancy a secret until the 12-week mark, those eight weeks between your at-home pregnancy test and your big announcement pass by at a snails pace.
Once you come out of the pregnancy closet, your growing stomach and changing body may be all you think about, but let’s face it, not everyone wants to talk about your pregnancy around the clock.
While I knew this fact early on, I also knew that I had to find some other pregnant friends to get me through the next six months and ultimately into my new role as a mom come October. This notion was the catalyst behind my new business, Bump Club Chicago.
I knew I was not the only pregnant woman in Chicago looking for a good support system, so I decided to create one for myself and other expectant moms in and around the Windy City. Once I saw moms-to-be exchanging phone numbers, email address, and making plans to attend our future events, I knew that Bump Club Chicago was working.
Not only am I the Founder of Bump Club Chicago, but as I prepare for my first baby in October, I also am a member. I too have benefitted greatly from my events and have met some amazing women who I know will be a part of my inner circle and support system for a long time to come.
A few weeks ago a group of us met up at a non-Bump Club Chicago event and spontaneously grabbed dinner afterwards. For two hours we were able to gab about the ups and downs of our belly bumps. I realized that I am not alone and other women out there know EXACTLY what I am going through.
Finding a good support system helps make these nine months even more amazing than they already are. At the same time it helps to have an outlet so that when I am with other friends and family they don’t have to listen to me talk about my sciatic nerve pain or my “innie” all of a sudden becoming an “outtie.” If you don’t have a social group for expectant moms in your city, I encourage you to take extra steps to find a network of your own.
Go to a pre-natal yoga class and introduce yourself to the person next to you, or say hi to someone friendly while shopping for maternity clothes. Maybe ask a friend to set you up for coffee with someone that they know is pregnant. I promise that the conversation will come easy. With two women who are expecting, the topics of discussion are endless.
When my legs become numb from sitting behind my desk at work come 3pm, it is so nice to be able to email my new friend who works nearby to go for an afternoon ice cream. Pregnant or not, this type of friendship is priceless.
Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk is the Founder of Bump Club Chicago, the first and only social event company for moms-to-be in the Windy City. A Detroit native, living in Chicago for almost ten years, she earned her Masters of Science degree from Northwestern University in Integrated Marketing Communications and has worked in advertising and publishing for nearly a decade. In her spare time Lindsay and her husband Daniel are avid travelers. When in Chicago she enjoys taking her five-year-old golden retriever, Cooper, to the park and dog beach. Lindsay and her husband are delighted to be expecting their first child this October. Lindsay hopes you find all the resources and support you need during your pregnancy with Bump Club Chicago.