~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!
- 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!
- 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!
- My hair! My hair became so thick and long, it had never looked so healthy.
- 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!
- “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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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:)
- 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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