This is a sponsored post, with access to the film provided by Doctor Smith’s, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.
Can you even know what to be ready for?
At one point in the documentary, 40 Weeks, a documentary about pregnancy, the filmmaker asks this question. I feel like that question totally sums up what it’s like to be anticipating a child’s arrival. While the film is about pregnancy specifically, I have to think that adoptive parents have similar worries and concerns while they’re waiting.
How do you prepare when you don’t even know what to prepare for?
40 Weeks does a great job of being informative (the film partnered with The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, as well as HealthyWomen.org, and The March of Dimes). It shares all the information highlights you might otherwise get from a pregnancy book or websites. But it’s not just about telling you straight up medical information.
What the film does best is hit on the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy. You connect with the families being followed and care about them. The emotional highs and lows they experience are familiar if you have kids already. But you don’t have to have kids to appreciate it. These are just human stories. I can’t tell you how many times I cried while watching. All of these families have different backgrounds and experiences that they’re bringing to the table and they’re all going through different challenges throughout the 40 weeks of their pregnancies. But there’s an overarching theme of love. Even the frustrations and hard times that they go through are emotional because you can see them struggling with the dichotomy of overwhelming loving anticipation along with trying to keep life normal as everything changes. It’s not all happy and rose-colored glasses, which is often a problem with pregnancy-related movies and books. But it’s not scary either. It’s just very real.
If you have kids, if you are pregnant now, or if you’ve ever thought about having kids (or want affirmation that you definitely don’t want kids), I think that 40 Weeks is a great movie to watch. I think it gives a fabulous overview of pregnancy from a medical point of view but also gives insight into the mind of the mother. I would have loved watching this when I was pregnant with my oldest- I think it would have reassured me that all of the things I was thinking, worrying, and feeling were totally normal.
Thanks to Doctor Smith’s for being one of the sponsors of this beautiful documentary and for sponsoring this post, so I had the chance to check out an early cut of the film. If you’d like to check the movie out for yourself, go to https://www.40weeksthemovie.com/about-movie/find-screening/. Try to see it if you can! I loved it (and am definitely, 100%, for sure NOT pregnant).