When I was pregnant for the first time, I had a limited number of women to talk to about the pregnancy. None of my friends had been pregnant yet (most were still in the wedding-planning stage), so my pregnancy advice came mostly from my mom and coworkers who were all older. Now, there’s nothing wrong with advice from experienced women – I welcomed it – but, I did wish I could have shared my pregnancy woes with someone closer to my age, who might have understood the “newer ways” and modern developments in pregnancy and child care.
For that reason, sometimes I turned to TV. Watching pregnancy reality shows was both relieving and terrifying. I appreciated seeing stories from other women who felt some of the same things I did. However, seeing the sensationalized moments that TV shows use for the sake of ratings was not something an emotional pregnant woman should watch. That’s why I’m glad to share a new documentary film with you called 40 Weeks, in which you’ll find real stories from women sharing their pregnancy journeys. Read on for more info on 40 Weeks and where you can watch it!
40 Weeks is a full-length documentary film on pregnancy sponsored by Dr. Smith’s, which premieres in limited markets during the first week of December. I got to watch a sneak preview of 40 Weeks and can honestly say that the movie is very well-done. Each pregnancy story is told in a very real, raw manner, yet 40 Weeks maintains an emotional connection with you, the viewer. Hearing what each pregnant woman (and some of the partners) go through during the 40-week journey is pretty awesome, and brought back memories for me of all my own joys and fears with both pregnancies. The film touches on popular pregnancy topics such as, the constant hunger, cravings, pregnancy brain, breastfeeding, labor, the emotional ups and downs, and the various medical conditions that can occur during pregnancy.
One particular story that really resonated with me was when one of the women found out she would need to have a C-section due to a fibroid she had that was blocking the exit for her baby. Her emotional struggle with accepting the C-section and not being able to have the birth she wanted, is something I dealt with myself when I found out my baby girl was breech. I found myself wanting to reach out through my screen and let her know that in the end, it would all be ok regardless of the experience not being what she envisioned. I heard her husband sharing many of the same sentiments with her that my husband did at the time, trying to reassure her that the most important thing is the health of the baby and her own health.
You’ll find yourself smiling, laughing, and even crying along with these women. You’ll also enjoy the candid conversations that will help ease and even answer many of your pregnancy questions. If you love learning more about pregnancy or are pregnant yourself, you should definitely check out 40 Weeks! It truly is a touching film. Check out the trailer below and see for yourself! Then, search to see if there is a 40 Weeks screening near you.
Disclosure: I was compensated for my time and efforts in sharing this information. All thoughts and opinions are my own.