In OT, we talk about occupations as activities that are personally meaningful to an individual. While it would make sense to say that pregnancy is a time that is rich with meaning, I never really would have thought to label it as an occupation.
Now that I myself am pregnant, I am finding that it is the most meaningful occupation in which I have ever participated. It’s kind of like being pregnant is an occupation in and of itself, and then there are all sorts of occupations related to being pregnant that also qualify.
I am at the 13-week mark (due August 7th) and have already collected three strips of ultrasound photos, so I decided to buy a baby book — one of the most exciting purchases I’ve ever made! The occupation of “baby booking” will soon occupy some of the time that I should probably spend studying. Oh well.
In addition to getting a baby book in which to store memories, I have acquired a couple of baby-related books. One is the good ol’ What to expect when you’re expecting. The other is a book on natural childbirth (Ina May’s book on childbirth), something that terrifies yet lures me all at the same time. This occupation of reading also occupies some of my free time, and I’m sure will crank up a notch as the big day gets closer.
Being pregnant has also fast become a popular topic of conversation. As a 2nd year OT student in her last semester of school, I am constantly surrounded by awesome girls who have yet to experience this roller coaster of an occupation. Every day they ask me questions: what is it like? how do you feel? what are you craving? how big is the baby now? Those questions and conversations have almost become an occupation in and of themselves! But it’s great, because I love to teach people and I love to share information, and this is such a great and natural way to be able to do that.
I look forward to the adventures that are sure to lie in front of me!