Can't Wait to Share My Bodily Functions With Strangers ... Said Nobody Ever

Amanda Lynch Elliott

by Amanda Lynch Elliott

Amanda Lynch Elliott is a native of Pensacola and an attorney with My Pink Lawyer®. Amanda and her husband are parents of two young daughters. Amanda enjoys running, yoga and paddle boarding, and has a twin sister.

In a word, our prenatal classes have been… awkward.


We signed up because, hey, knowledge is power, and we want to be as educated and prepared as we possibly can be as we enter the unknown.


Amanda Lynch Elliott baby bumpWe are meticulously finalizing our list of birth preferences for the big day. I say “preferences” instead of “plan” because there are so many variables.


Like we tell our clients in estate planning design meetings, if we had a crystal ball our estate plans would be flawless. However, as life unexpectedly goes, the best we can do is identify the “what ifs” and make educated decisions accordingly with the expectation that our plans may change.


Similarly, Mark and I have an idea of how we hope things will go during the birth of our daughter, while anticipating the unexpected.


What I did not anticipate was how uncomfortable it would be to discuss all of my parts and bodily functions with a room full of strangers. I guess we’re just putting it all out there.


Queue the Marvin Gaye. The instructor plays “soothing” music as we practice the breathing exercises and positions we’ve learned throughout the course. I’m trying not to laugh. A very serious couple is giving me the side eye.


Sometimes making important life decisions is uncomfortable. Some, myself included, use humor to cope with otherwise awkward situations while others simply avoid the situation all together. Unfortunately, even the best sense of humor won’t save you if you fail to plan. 


Discussing personal, estate planning matters with your attorney and your family can be awkward. The alternative (having no plan at all) is even more frightening for your loved ones.


If you are brave enough to discuss your estate planning options with one of our attorneys at My Pink Lawyer®, you can schedule your Family Succession Strategy Session here. We won’t even make you practice your standing supported squat or your Lamaze breathing!


Amanda “Excited Mama to Be” Lynch Elliott


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