Being pregnant can be a difficult a scary time in a woman's life, especially when you do not know very many people going through the same experience.
Most women dealing with this situation would probably turn to a book or website for guidance. Still, this is not very personal, and not very comforting.
Genevieve Skelton, a soon-to-be mom who moved to Montreal last summer, decided to create a group for English-speaking moms-to-be called “Expecting Montreal Moms”. Skelton is 5 months pregnant, and thought there was a lack of English pregnancy groups in the city.
The goal of the group is for women who are expecting (who may or may not be first time moms—both are welcome!) to get together to discuss the good and not-so-good aspects of pregnancy. Twenty-five moms-to-be have joined the group to date.
On May 28, the group’s first meeting took place. Women were invited to meet at Moxies, a bar and grill downtown. “I wanted to go out for “fake drinks” with a group of girls,” Skelton said.
Six women showed up, two of which were second time moms.
“It was perfect, everybody was great. We all got along; women told their stories. [Some women] already had kids, so they gave advice and talked about things they’d been through,” Skelton said. “It was also great to be around first time moms who are going through the same things as you are.”
The women discussed pregnancy in itself but also got to know each other, and talked about their lives and different situations.
Skelton hopes to make the meet-ups monthly events. The next meeting is scheduled for June 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Future moms are invited get together for a walk and picnic at Parc La Fontaine. Children are welcome!
Women are also free to suggest activities the group can do; Skelton is always looking for new ideas.
For more information or to join the group, visit meetup.com/Expecting-Montreal-Moms.