it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

by humanmama on July 23, 2012

I know I complained a lot, but there were a few things about being pregnant that didn’t totally suck. Wait, perhaps I should reword that in a more positive light. Anyway, I didn’t hate everything about being pregnant, and so I thought I’d make a list for the casual reader, just so you all know I can focus on the positive/el-im-in-ate the negative.

Soooo, Things I love about being pregnant:

1. ) feeling the baby move. Okay, I also don’t love it when I am sleeping and there is an alien moving all about in there, but after my first child and when I knew what to expect, feeling the baby kick is a neat way to begin to get to know him or her. There comes a time during each pregnancy when I just want to meet the little person who’s been kicking at my spleen for so long.

2. ) Eating whatever you want. There’s not a person in Pittsburgh who’ll tell you the calorie count of a bagel, or the number of carbs in a donut, if you’re pregnant. Heck, even though you don’t really need too many of those extra calories, there are a right lot of people who still say (with glee!) “You’re eating for two!” You might have to look past a little passive-agression (maybe some people are jealous, or try to hint that you are not really eating for two adults), but believe me, it’s worth it to be able to eat honey-nut cheerios and a Primanti’s sandwich, with ice cream on the side and a plate of nachos, if you should so desire.

3.) Smiles, knowing glances, and help. There are so many people in the world willing to share in the joy of a pregnant woman! It is truly incredible when you are struggling with a toddler and 6-year-old through a Target who will help you, go get a cart for you, stop to pick up something you’ve dropped or just plain talk to your kids to tell them what good big sisters they’ll be. When you’re pregnant. And live it up! Because soon you’ll be not pregnant, and people will be giving you their opinion on baby (“Wow, he should really have a hat on, huh?”), big kids (“Why aren’t you helping mommy more, little girl?), and post-pregnancy weight loss (“When are you due? Oh, I see [glance at belly], and howold is he?”).  You know what they won’t be doing for you and your trailing little people? Smiling and opening doors. So enjoy it now, Mama.

4. ) (And this is a big one) not having your period for 9 months! As all women know, our monthly “gift” is more like a monthly curse (well, for me at least. Amen?), so it is super nice (and a lovely money saving option!) not to have Aunt Flo come visit for the better part of a year. Of course, you do make up for it at the end of pregnancy when you think, “how many pads do I have to buy before I run out of iron and turn Anemic?” Lovely.

5. ) Not being pregnant anymore. This first dawns on a woman the moment she gets to hold that little person, be it in a kiddie swimming pool in her living room at her home birth, or on a gurney in the OR after a c-section. The feeling of awe, then gratitude, then that feeling of lightness that only giving birth to 10 pounds of baby and fluid and 10 pounds of placenta can do to a body. Okay, okay, also? Just the sweet holding of that person whose life is just beginning. It’s a beautiful thing. Almost as beautiful as not being pregnant anymore.

-Sigh!-

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Hilary Levey Friedman July 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I missed feeling him move inside me because when he was with me I always knew he was ok. Now I have to rely on that baby monitor or be right in front of him. :)

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aj July 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

That is true…now for the rest of your life there’s a little part of your heart (okay, a HUGE part) that lives on the outside of your body. But at least he can’t give you heartburn out there! :)

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