When it comes to pregnancy, birth and new-mum life, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available - particularly on social media. That's why we're absolutely loving this refreshing Instagram Lego series by labour and delivery nurse Hanna Líba, which is charming, educational and oh-so creative.
#Preggolego chronicles the journey of a thirty-something couple, Jane and Joe, as they navigate through their way through conception, ultrasounds, pregnancy sex and the physical and psychological challenges of welcoming a baby - all via bricks.
There's real talk on conception: "Joe's, little swimmers have to get to the egg with the help of Jane's cervical mucous. If she has good mucous it looks like egg whites and is very clear and runny (TMI, sorry!). They have to get all the way through the entire uterus into Jane's fallopian tubes to meet her one perfect egg. Only Joe's finest sperm will make it all that way."
As the couple try to conceive, we learn about the way premenstrual symptoms can mimic pregnancy and the heartache of getting yet another period.
In one post, Joe and Jane hold up a sign saying "we are not broken."
"You're not broken because every time you get your period you feel like a failure," the powerful caption reads. "You're not broken because you never see two lines on a home pregnancy test.
You're not broken because you had a miscarriage."
And there's the "not-so helpful" advice you often get from friends ...
When the couple receive the news that they're expecting - hurrah! - the posts take the pair through early pregnancy symptoms and the first very special ultrasound.
There's also helpful advice around announcing a pregnancy on social media.
"Announcing your pregnancy to the world can be scary. Once it's out there everyone will have an opinion on your pregnancy and child-rearing decisions" Ms Líba writes. "If you experience a loss, it will be very public as well. Some people choose never to announce to social media and just tell their family and friends in real life, it's a very personal decision either way and totally up to you."
And fantastic, useful information about body changes while expecting ...
Cervical dilation anyone? You'll never look at lego the same way again ...
The series also cleverly looks at Jane's birth plan, by going through different options for labour:
And how to prepare for breastfeeding:
"Birth has become very technologically driven in our day and age," Ms Líba says of the series, which is quickly amassing a dedicated fan base. "That's a fact. We give birth in hospitals, with machines and bright lights. Women are generally (emphasis on generally!) out of touch with their bodies. They trust someone else to take control of their birth and usually don't understand that they have the power within them to control their own experience. We need less technology to change this."
Ms Líba notes that in a sense, "Lego is the polar opposite of what I think birth needs to be. It's my calling to help women realise the innate power that is within them to eliminate the fear of birth. Birth shouldn't be shrouded in fear! It should be something that all women look forward to as the number one most powerful experience they will ever have.
"Birth is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of parenthood, which is why it is so important that birth remain sacred and special. "
You can follow Joe and Jane on their journey here. We certainly can't wait to meet their little brick baby!