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When a Man Loves a Pregnant Woman



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I forgot to check out Verily, a relatively new women’s magazine which has been highly recommended by Kathryn Jean Lopez. Thankfully a tweet brought a touching tribute to my attention (and now I’m following Verily so I will have the inside scoop on future features).

Tim Carney has written a short-but-sweet love letter, in essence, to his wife. He relates how witnessing her carry and give birth to his four children has made him fall even more in love with her.

Women may worry about how pregnancy and childbirth will affect their bodies and their husband’s view of their bodies. In my experience, it can help a man love his wife’s whole person – body and soul.

It’s natural for women to want unconditional love—you know, that patient, kind, not-selfish love you hear about at weddings. We know our bodies will age and become less beautiful in time; I’ve vowed to love my wife just the same. But I don’t mean I’ll love her soul despite her body—I mean I unconditionally love them both as essential parts of her.

He goes on to tell the tale of how watching his wife go through the trials of pregnancy and childbirth cemented his devotion. Read the whole piece here — and then have your spouse read it, too!



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