What I Love Most About Being Pregnant

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.

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Sporting a little bump under that vest!

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.

Kicks
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.

No Hangovers
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. 😉

Anna

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One Response to What I Love Most About Being Pregnant

  1. Lucy January 8, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    I am trying for my second right now (not pregnant yet) and this post made me so excited to be pregnant again! In many ways pregnancy is such a drag, but you are so right–those kicks are amazing 🙂

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