If you're the first girl in your group to get pregnant, you may
find your social life coming to a screeching halt as your life
veers in a different direction than your non-pregnant friends.
Sure, there'll be plenty of moms groups to join once the baby
arrives, but who do you compare notes with about being
pregnant when you're the only one?
A new club in Chicago is hoping to connect moms-to-be in the
city by creating events just for pregnant women. Bump Club Chicago
kicks off with two events in April and more scheduled for the
upcoming months, all designed to get pregnant women together
someplace besides hospital birthing classes.
"You can go online and get all kinds of information, but I think
a lot of people have lost that face-to-face connection," says
Lindsay Pinchuk, founder of Bump Club Chicago. "It's important for
pregnant women to lean on each other and support each other."
The club will host expectant mom dinners and seminars at least
once a month, primarily in the Loop. "It's to build this community
downtown. A lot of moms-to-be think they have to move to the
suburbs because there's no resource in the city, so I want to be
that resource," Pinchuk says. Once the baby is born the goal is to
branch off into moms' groups on a smaller scale, based on
neighborhoods so women don't have to travel far with babies in
On April 3, the group will meet from noon-2 p.m. at The Dailey
Method, 1714 N. Damen Ave., to learn how to modify conditioning and
exercising when you're pregnant. On April 15, they will meet at
Preggers, 900 N. Michigan Ave., for a girls' night out
shopping event. Both events are free but require registration
online. An expectant moms' dinner will be held in early May and
will focus on navigating the baby registry process.
For more information about the group or to register, visit the
site or e-mail Pinchuk at Lindsay@bumpclubchicago.com.
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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