10 reasons to love your pregnancy

~10 Reasons to Love your Pregnancy~ 

Oh pregnancy. It is long isn’t it? I think it’s funny that I always thought it was 9 months, but technically it’s 10. 10 months is a long time! I remember people would say to me “oh my gosh it’s going by so fast!” Ummmm, for whom? Not me! When it comes to my pregnancy, I like to think of myself as being in the middle of the road. I am not one of those women that just absolutely loved  being pregnant, but I also did not hate being pregnant either. I really can’t complain too much, overall I had a very good pregnancy. Aside from feeling pretty sick during my first trimester and swollen during the end of my third trimester, there were actually things I enjoyed about pregnancy. As I mentioned in my about me, I am an eternal optimist, always trying to look on the bright side. So, if you’re in the middle of the trenches and not sure what to think or feel, I decided to put together a list of my favorite parts of my pregnancy.  This way, if I ever do decide to go on this crazy journey again, I will look back on this list first!

  1. My baby bump. It took me six months to finally get my baby bump. I stopped fitting into my normal pants at 12 weeks but I honestly didn’t look pregnant until I was about 5-6 months along! I literally wanted to wear a shirt around that said ” I’m pregnant, not just letting myself go!” Once I did develop my baby bump, I really loved rocking it and actually enjoyed wearing some cute maternity clothes. Maternity jeans are awesome and so comfy!
  2. Feeling my baby move. This was truly an amazing feeling. Again, for me this did not happen until about 6 months along. I remember being at one of my pregnancy classes where everyone was  talking about feeling their babies move and all I felt was this shear sense of panic because I had not experienced it yet. Rest assured, nothing was wrong, I just wasn’t able to feel her until 6 months. From  then on, she was like a ninja, especially at night time when I was trying to sleep ( very convenient). I also even used to get these little butterfly sensations to which my midwife explained was her hiccupping. To this day she still gets the hiccups all the time!
  3. My hair! My hair became so thick and long, it had never looked so healthy.
  4. Food! Now don’t get me wrong, I did not go crazy in the sense that I ate uncontrollably for two all the time. What I do mean is that I did give into my cravings when I had them and I truly enjoyed it. My biggest craving was actually watermelon ( which is great), mint chocolate chip ice cream and bagels. Before pregnancy I had cut out ice cream  ( most of the time) and white/processed carbs so maybe my body was wanting them again. Either way, I allowed myself to have treats now and then during my pregnancy and it made me happy! I also ate a few cupcakes along the way as well. What can I say, the baby wants what she wants!
  5. “The glow” I always wondered what people meant when they talked about the pregnancy glow. I actually think it just comes from within. I was so excited to finally be pregnant after thinking that maybe I could not be,  that it just resonated with me. I’ll take it, because my skin never looked better!
  6. Foot rubs. My husband would rub my feet every night. He’s a good man, he really is. Okay to maybe I did have to moan and groan quite a bit to get them, but hey it worked!
  7. The anticipation of finding out our baby’s gender. We found out we were having a girl at 20 weeks.  Our friends threw us a gender reveal party and I honestly can say I did not know the sex of our baby until we bit  into our donuts  ( it was a brunch). Finding out with our family and friends was so much fun and the excitement leading up to it was worth it!
  8. Decorating the nursery. This still cracks me up when I think of my pregnant self. Piper’s nursery is so beautifully decorated, color coordinated and organized and she did not sleep in it until she turned 5 months old. I was so worried about having the nursery fully ready that looking back it really wasn’t that important; but it was fun!
  9. Anticipating what our sweet baby will look like! I could not wait to see what  our sweet baby would look like.  Of course she looked just like her daddy when she was a newborn. It’s a good thing he’s handsome! She has changed so much since then, and now I see myself more and more:)
  10. Getting to relax a little. I don’t think I ever stopped when I was pregnant. I think this is why my baby would only calm down when I was rocking her, walking or doing squats. However, I did get out of cleaning the kitchen after dinner every night and cleaning the bathroom. I must say I did learn how to use pregnancy to my advantage around the house!  I also did treat myself to a few prenatal massages and they were fantastic!

I can’t emphasize enough how much I appreciate my own mother now since becoming a new mom. Pregnancy is hard. Labor is hard. Motherhood is hard. But it is so amazing and I would never trade it for the world. I could write a list of all the negative aspects of pregnancy, but in reality what good does that do. Our bodies are amazing and strong and the ability to grow a baby truly is a miracle. I thank god every day for my miracle.

What was your favorite part about your pregnancy. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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