20 Great Sayings About Pregnancy & Birth

20 Great Sayings About Pregnancy & Birth

The other night right before I fell asleep, my body out of nowhere shivered once in utter fear at the thought of being pregnant. It was so sudden and so quick, but I remembered it the next morning. To shake the strange feeling and return to a sense of peace about pregnancy, I compiled 20 of my favorite sayings about pregnancy and birth and paired them with some beautiful photos of the greatest miracle on Earth.

After the jump, check them out. And tell me which one is your favorite? Or share one not found on the list!

  • A New Life 1 of 20
    A New Life
    "There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation." ~Pamela S. Nadav
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Worth It 2 of 20
    Worth It
    "Feeling fat lasts nine months but the joy of becoming a mom lasts forever." ~Nikki Dalton
    Photo: one tiny spark
  • Celebrate Your Body 3 of 20
    Celebrate Your Body
    "Let us make pregnancy an occasion when we appreciate our female bodies." ~Merete Leonhardt-Lupa
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Cherish Pregnancy 4 of 20
    Cherish Pregnancy
    "Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I'd have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle." ~Erma Bombeck, "If I Had My Life to Live Over"
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • There’s Nothing Like It 5 of 20
    There's Nothing Like It
    "To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched -- along with body -- making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings." ~Anne Christian Buchanan and Debra K. Kingsporn
    Photo: dizznbonn
  • However It Happens for You 6 of 20
    However It Happens for You
    "Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain -- your life will never be the same." ~Catherine Jones
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • A New You 7 of 20
    A New You
    "You do a lot of growing up when you're pregnant. It's suddenly like, 'Yikes. Here it is, folks. Playtime is over.'" ~Connie Fioretto
    Photo: Black Photo Studio
  • Changing Roles 8 of 20
    Changing Roles
    "The dreams that we have in pregnancy are tainted with the worries and joys of pregnancy and the changing roles of our lives." ~Robin Elise Weiss
    Photo: DigitumDei
  • Believe in Yourself 9 of 20
    Believe in Yourself
    "In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves." ~Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Photo: koadmunkee
  • Stardust 10 of 20
    "Babies are bits of stardust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star." ~Larry Barretto
    Photo: .v1ctor.
  • You Are Strong 11 of 20
    You Are Strong
    "We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong." ~Laura Stavoe Harm
    Photo: Marcelo Cantarela
  • The Power of Birth 12 of 20
    The Power of Birth
    "There is 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
    Photo: rumpleteaser
  • You Are Built for This 13 of 20
    You Are Built for This
    "Just as a woman's heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth." ~Virginia DiOrio
    Photo: smiely
  • Collective Power of Women 14 of 20
    Collective Power of Women
    "You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your connectedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you." ~Author Unknown
  • Be Positive 15 of 20
    Be Positive
    "A strong intention, a relaxed body and an open mind are the main ingredients for an active birth." ~Janet Balaskas
    Photo: ODHD
  • Become a Mother 16 of 20
    Become a Mother
    "Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ... strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength." ~Barbara Katz Rothman
    Photo: Pixel Addict
  • Be with Womankind 17 of 20
    Be with Womankind
    "Pregnancy and birth knit womankind together. Help weave a gorgeous thread to add to the fabric. Be supportive. Be kind. Be wise. Be open." ~Desirre Andrews
    Photo: Raphael Goetter
  • You Are Not Alone 18 of 20
    You Are Not Alone
    "Childbirth is an experience in a woman's life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates - in her own way -- remembering all the generations of women who walk with her --she is never alone." ~Suzanne Arms
    Photo: David Boyle
  • Perfection of Human Love 19 of 20
    Perfection of Human Love
    "We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love." ~Grantly Dick-Read
    Photo: The 5th Ape
  • Do Not Fear 20 of 20
    Do Not Fear
    "Giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear." ~Jane Weideman
    Photo: SharonaGott

Main Photo: Photography by Joelle

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