Meet The New "Pregnancy" Editor Kimberly Seals Allers
If you’re reading this, that means you are either already pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. You know, expecting. With child. Preggers. In the family way. Bun in the oven. Knocked up. However you label it, you are set to embark on a life-changing journey that will last roughly forty weeks, and will allow you entree into the exclusive sorority of motherhood, where delivery is the ultimate hazing ritual.
But what lies between then and now, between you now and you lying on a bed with your legs cocked up, sweating, aching, and pushing like a grizzly bear, is the most awesome experience known to womankind. In fact, it is an odyssey so exhilarating in its exhaustiveness, so powerfully awe-inspiring and humbling, so life- transforming, that God knew that there wasn’t even a slight chance that a man could do the job. They can barely manage that toilet seat situation.
My name is Kimberly Seals Allers and I’m a mom. My first delivery experience had the bonus prize of a C-section (bikini style, thank you very much) and the four words no woman should ever have to hear. “Lift up the uterus!” After that, there was some serious tugging and pulling, and I distinctly remember wondering if being awake for this C-section business was really all that it is cracked up to be. Modern medicine? I think not.
Now I have two beautiful children (Kayla, 9 and Michael-Jaden, 5) and my experiences in pregnancy—the good, the bad and the ugly—inspired me to write a book about it. My first book, “The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy” (Amistad/HarperCollins), is the first of its kind pregnancy guidebook for sassy, modern day mamas of color. But it has tidbits that are universal to all of us. From raging hormones, uncontrolled flatulence, weird hair growths and insensitive partners to maternity fashion and all the gear you can gather, there’s so much to talk about during pregnancy. And I’m excited to start doing it here at Lifetime Moms.
Before I became a wife and mom, I was a hard-charging NYC working girl with a great career as an award-winning business journalist. I was a writer at Fortune magazine, a business reporter for The New York Post and later a senior editor at Essence, but motherhood changed my life in unimaginable ways. You’ve probably heard this before. And my transformation began in pregnancy. Unlike many of my friends, I just loved being pregnant (not enough to do it again, btw). But the feeling of nurturing a growing life inside of me made me feel powerful and womanly in new ways. But I also learned to slow down, listen to my body, eat thoughtfully, and most importantly, to accept that I was simply a passenger on this pregnancy train. Just a taste of the random wisdom I’ll be sharing in this space.
In the end, I left my great career to follow my passion for motherhood. Now, I run a popular website for African American moms, I launched a maternity tee shirt line, I’ve written two more books in my Mocha Manual series and I spend a lot of my time speaking, writing and blogging like a banchee about my motherhood experience. Yet, pregnancy remains my favorite part of it all. And I’m hoping we’ll have enough fun here to make it your fav too.
It’s your 40 weeks, girlfriend. Let’s do this!