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Pregnancy Block
by Rachel Gurevich

For me, it started before I knew anything special was going on inside my body. I sat down to write, and instead, I stared...and stared some more. Then, I went online and I clicked this hyperlink, then that hyperlink. And then I stared some more. One week after this terrible illness began, commonly known as stare-click-itis, I discovered I was pregnant.

Now, I know what I was suffering from is known as pregnancy block. It is a terrible disease for a writing parent to fight against. It is much worse than writer's block because writer's block comes and goes, while pregnancy block may last up to nine months!

After I found out I was pregnant, the disease worsened. All I wanted to read about was pregnancy, and all I felt like writing was nonsense messages to different expecting clubs and message boards online.

There is hope! While not simple, the trick to conquering pregnancy block is to use the disease to your advantage.

Pregnancy is a time of introspection, of self-involvement, which is why reading about pregnancy and talking with other pregnant women feels so good. Instead of just reading those pregnancy articles, why not think of it as research for future articles?

Instead of just spending time chatting in the online communities you can be watching for potential article ideas. Notice that moms are chatting about lack of sleep? Sweet Dreams: How to get more sleep during pregnancy. Lots of mothers are talking about a new treatment for morning sickness. You Don't Have to Suffer: Fighting morning sickness.

Whenever you go looking for answers to your pregnancy questions and concerns pay attention to the ones that you cannot find answers to so easily. Perhaps there is a need for someone (yes, you) to write an article on that very question. And better yet, while you research this question (read: article), you will start finding answers for yourself.

But even better yet, when suffering from pregnancy block personal essays will flow much easier, if you're willing to sit down and write. Set aside just 5 minutes to write in a journal. Write what you're feeling, physically and emotionally. Write what your fears are. Write about what you think the baby is thinking inside of you. Write about becoming a mother all over again.

Here are some writing prompts for your pregnancy journal:

  • Wait until the baby is actively moving in the womb. When you feel the baby moving, write about every jab and poke you feel. Write down how it feels, what you think the baby is doing in there.
  • Write down the birth story of your first child or children. Write down every detail that you can remember. The emotional and physical details. Do you remember what labor contractions felt like? If you had a c-section do you remember what it felt like for the baby to be pulled out from inside you?
  • What are you most afraid of? Afraid to give birth (again)? Afraid that something is wrong? Concerned you won't be able to cope with more children? Write it all down.
  • Write a letter to your unborn child. Write a letter for them to read when they are older, or write a letter that you never intend for them to see.

Don't perform, don't try to write a sellable essay or Pulitzer prize winning fiction. Just write. And if you don't sell anything for nine months, that's okay. After the baby is born look into your pregnancy journal and start looking for gems. I guarantee it; you'll find at least one diamond.

Rachel Gurevich is a stay-at-home-mother and freelance writer. She is the author of the fabjob.com Guide to Become a Doula, http://www.fabjob.com/doula.asp Rachel gave birth in November 2001 to a baby boy and hopes that she can now concentrate on the birth of more articles.









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