Having been through two pregnancies with my wife, and watching her move through her third as I write this, I know that I am just another in a very, very long line of men and women before me who have stood by and witnessed the magic of of your their own child being formed in the belly of a lady.
And yet, there is something extremely personal about the entire experience, as any parent who has ever lived will tell you.
It almost feels as if we are feeling the entire whoosh and swirl of a vast galaxy zooming in to focus just on our pregnant partners, on our babies being born, and on those of us standing by and watching in awe.
Here then are some of the more witty and wonderful birth and pregnancy quotes that I have encountered recently, as my wife (that’s her in all of the photos) and I prepare to welcome a new son into this world. They are the words of great thinkers with powerful minds, some whose names we will always remember, and some whose names we will never know.
Words of wisdom 1 of 17
Sanctity 2 of 17
There is a sanctity involved with bringing a child into this world, it is better than bombing one out of it.- James Baldwin
Laying Down 3 of 17
If you lay down, the baby will never come out.-Native American saying
Not Alone 4 of 17
300,000 women will be giving birth with you today. Relax and breathe and do nothing else. Labor is hard work, it hurts and you can do it.
Ultimate Craving? 5 of 17
By far the most common craving of pregnant women is not to be pregnant.-Phyllis Diller
Indeed 6 of 17
Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes.
Kicks 7 of 17
I have come, Sire, to complain of one of your subjects who has been so audacious as to kick me in the belly.-Marie Antoinette
Two 8 of 17
Whatever a pregnant woman says is said by two people.-Yoruba Proverb
Nine Months 9 of 17
If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.
Why 10 of 17
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.â€• Mark Twain
No Hiding 11 of 17
Love and pregnancy and riding on a camel cannot be hid.
It Is You 12 of 17
The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you.-Author Unknown
How Does It Feel? 13 of 17
If you want to know the feeling [of labor pain], just take your bottom lip and pull it over your head.-Carol Burnette
Truth 14 of 17
Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.â€• Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
Within 15 of 17
The knowledge of how to give birth without outside interventions lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process.- Anonymous
The World 16 of 17
He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.â€• Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
Leap 17 of 17
My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt.â€• William Blake
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