I have a serious love hate relationship with pregnancy.
On one hand you have the infamous symptoms: morning sickness, fatigue, an expanding waistline, and heartburn to name a few. On the other hand however, growing a tiny human being is a pretty awesome and life changing experience. I am in the third trimester of my second pregnancy and can almost make out the light at the end of the tunnel – which means I’m in a good mood and can share what I love most about being pregnant without vomiting or falling asleep.
What I Love Most About Being Pregnant
The “Get out of Life” Pregnancy Card
“I’m growing a human, what are you DOING?” is my response anytime my husband moans and groans about caring for our two-year-old. The limited edition card is only available for 9 months; don’t waste a second of it.
I love the feeling of tiny baby kicks. From the initial flutters, to the summersaults and every elbow jab in between, I’ve felt most connected to my babies during pregnancy with a swift kick to the ribs. With a toddler in the house, on occasion I have been kicked from the outside AND the inside simultaneously – it’s a real treat.
Toddler Pregnancy Impressions
Although it’s somewhat creepy to hear a two-year-old proclaim, “There is a baby in my belly!” it’s also hysterical. Watching her show off a non-existent bump and unapologetically remark about how huge my belly is getting has been one for the memory books.
The silver lining to avoiding alcohol for 9 months – no hangovers! There has to be more than one positive for surviving for that long without wine, right?
No Need to Suck In
For obvious reasons this is a popular side effect of pregnancy – the freedom to just let that belly hang. There is absolutely no need to suck in when you’re wearing pants with an elastic waist band and for that, I am very thankful.
Being pregnant can be such an odd experience, between the things that happen to your body and the conversations you have with perfect strangers – it’s enough to make your head spin. Just last week a cashier asked me how far along I was and then proceeded to look me dead in the eyes and ask, “Are you scared?” I couldn’t help but laugh (and tremble a bit inside) when I answered no, explaining that it was my second pregnancy and I knew the drill.
Hi, I’m Anna, nice to meet you – any more questions running through you head you’d like to ask?
The only way to survive nine months of pregnancy (unless you’re blessed with experiencing none of the symptoms I mentioned above) is to have a sense of humor. Pregnancy for me has been filled with highs, lows, and everything in between, but the experience is pretty remarkable. While I don’t think it’s in the cards for me to try for a third at any point, I wouldn’t trade the journey for anything, even a nice cold glass of Rosé on a hot summer day. 😉