By Rachel Patterson
If someone asked me a year ago if I thought I would be pregnant in the midst of a pandemic, social justice movement, and a highly controversial election, I would have said “absolutely not.” Alas, here we are. I found out I was pregnant in the wake of protests and outrage in response to the senseless killings of black men and women including but not limited to Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd to name a few. I found out I was pregnant when hundreds of thousands of people were dying from COVID-19. I found out I was pregnant when companies were taking various austerity measures that included layoffs and reduced hours.
2020 was a challenging year to say the least. I am grateful that I have been able to drive by my parents’ house and wave to them from afar. But I miss hugging my parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. I miss singing at church. I miss the company of loved ones, particularly as I enter this journey of uncharted territory as a soon-to-be new mom. I am disappointed that my mother likely cannot be in the delivery room since only one person is allowed due to COVID-19. Given Black maternal death rates and how the pain and experiences of Black women often goes unnoticed, I yearn for the presence of my mother who researches everything, misses nothing, and will not hesitate to challenge doctors, nurses and anyone else in order to ensure I am safe.
In the midst of so much uncertainty, I have tried many ways to find joy. I find joy through podcasts, streaming church services through my home church Zion Church or Elevation Church, Facetiming friends and family, deep conditioning my hair, snuggling with my husband and rooting for the Seattle Seahawks. I am grateful that my friend and trainer extraordinaire, Velma Garnes, encouraged me to step up my maternity clothing game. She was none too pleased when I revealed that more often than not, I was wearing my husband’s basketball shorts and t-shirts. ☺ In my quest to find comfortable maternity gear, I found Superkin a woman-owned brand designed to make women feel empowered, strong and beautiful.
My favorite items from Superkin arer The Cocoon Dress and Leggings for Days. The dress has been a game-changer during quarantine. When I wear it, I look and feel professional and most importantly, I am comfortable. You can dress it up or dress it down. The Superkin leggings are the best maternity leggings I have found thus far (and I’ve tried several!) These do not slide down and they grow with you as your bump grows. ☺ These are my go-to leggings when I have to go to doctor’s appointments, run errands, or just to wear around the house. You can exercise in these leggings and the fit is perfection.
Rachel at home wearing the Cocoon Dress
Coach Alex from Peloton often says “look good, feel good, do better.” I think there is a lot of truth to that. I generally feel a little better if I am having a decent hair day and I am comfortable in my outfit. ☺ I’m grateful to Superkin for providing me with some go-to items to bring comfort and joy in the midst of the storm.
Rachel is a diversity, equity and inclusion professional based in the Washington, DC area. As a former Division I college athlete, Rachel stays active primarily by teaching and taking yoga and barre classes and lifting weights. Rachel also enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, rooting for the Seattle Seahawks, and blogging about clean beauty natural hair products. You can follow Rachel on instagram at @cleanbeautycurls and subscribe to her blog at cleanbeautycurls.blogspot.com