First, KNOCK ON WOOD.
I’m not gonna lie – my pregnancy has been pretty awesome so far. Minimal nausea and heartburn, no icky stuff like vomming, ‘rroids or stretch marks. The acne hasn’t been terrible, it was more obvious in my first trimester around the left side of my chin/neck, but I haven’t had any recent breakouts. I would attribute most of my “success” to drinking copious (excessive?) amounts of water, eating a high fibre breakfast, and not *straining.* You know what I’m talking about…
But even if those things were reversed, and I got the worst of it, there are things about pregnancy that are just awesome. Voici: My List.
What I Love About Being Pregnant.
#1. I feel super special. Like, *princess* special.
People think pregnant women are fragile, helpless beings. Normally, I would find it annoying, but right now, I *am* a fragile, helpless being! I am so afraid of doing anything that might jeopardize baby’s health or put her in danger. So I don’t lift stuff, I’m paranoid of falling, and it seems that everywhere I turn, there is someone offering to help carry this and that for me, giving me their arm so I can hold onto them (it’s pretty icy here in January!) or just calling me up and saying “hey, do you need anything?” It’s awesome!! I’m also not one to ask for help because I’m stubborn and think I can do it myself (also, I am too shy to ask most of the time) so it’s relieving when people just offer it. And I am ever so grateful 🙂
I also like showing off my belly. Not bare belly, come on now. But when I go out, I feel like having my bump just makes me this giddy-bubbly-happy-mommy-to-be and there is no sadness in the world. I especially love that I am still able to wear my VS PINK clothing because it’s oh-so-comfy. If I’mma be fat and lazy, I might as well do it in style haha!
#2. Muffin Top does not exist.
That’s right, ladies. You can wear whatever fabric you want and not care that it’s too tight, or sucks in too much, or doesn’t “drape” properly. You don’t need to hide anything!! It’s all plumping up on its own, and any muffin top to exist just becomes the all-expected-baby-bump. I feel SO confident wearing anything, because the self-consciousness just melts away! There is no “oh, that shouldn’t be there” or “I’m bloated today” because face it, you’ll be bloated everyday – and it’s FINE. Live it up, we’re free!!!
#4. The movements in my tummy are magical.
I started feeling movements at about 16 weeks. Just tiny flutters, which I often mistook for gas or a hungry belly. But they were baby… and now at 33 weeks, she is kicking up a storm! Not only kicks, but bubbly hiccups, rolling, turning, and the occasional (who am I kidding: FREQUENT) punches to the bladder. I’ve started “playing” with her lately – pressing up against her foot or hand (whatever it is) when she’s pushing out her favourite spot under my ribs. While my husband is away, I don’t feel as lonely as I would – because really, I’m not alone. (cue X-files theme….)
feel AM extremely lucky.
Perhaps it’s because I’m building a person inside of me. At the beginning of my pregnancy, I joined an online group for mommies expecting in April 2014, and it would be so heartbreaking whenever I’d see a thread entitled “Goodbye…” because you know why they’re leaving. No one announces they’re leaving because they hated the group, or got into a fight with one of the members. These women lost their babies. And it happened so often. I had no idea that it was that common. I had no idea it was that easy to lose a baby. You always hear about people trying not to get pregnant, that it blows your mind when you hear about the struggles and the money and tears that people go through to do everything they can to get pregnant. It made me realize even more how precious this munchkin inside of me really is.
Note: One of the points I was going to write about was the fact that I could eat anything… but after the whole gestational diabetes thing, I’m pretty much a liar. I can’t eat everything – namely, everything I want I can’t have. I can eat meat and veggies like it’s going out of style, but heaven forbid I want a POTATO. On the bright side, all my baby weight will just melt off after I give birth because none of it is sugar. GD Win!!