Fun and Blahs of Pregnancy

Online, I’ve read a lot of pregnancy gripes. I’m also guilty of occasionally complaining about the not-so-fun parts of pregnancy, but 99.9% of the time I love it. I can already tell that I’ll be kind of sad when I’m not pregnant anymore, but [god-willing], I’ll have a happy, healthy little baby girl instead 🙂

Here are some of the gripes I hear the most and talk about with my preggie friends:

-Missing sushi, sleeping on my stomach, wine and super intense workouts [these are my top 4].


[I drooled a little looking at that POMtini]

It’s actually kind of blah to not be able to teach many of the classes at work because of my “condition.” I’ve turned into the stretch and weight room girl. I’m glad that everyone is being so accommodating and not forcing me to push things too hard, but at the same time, it gets a little boring. Thank goodness I can still Zumba, or my sanity would on the fritz.

-Sore, different-looking boobs [things change a little. That’s all I’m saying]

-Not fitting into clothes, shoes… or wedding rings

All in all, a small price to pay.

bell on belly

Here are the things I absolute love:

-Kicks and rolls. I always thought it was weird to hear people say they were obsessed with baby kicks, but I fully understand now. Sometimes, I walk around with my hand glued to my belly, especially if I’ve just had something to eat.

-Hair!!! It’s finally nearing Kardashian length- my hair goal for the past 2 years.

-Free massages from Tom, without having to bribe. I can just put my feet near him, and he rubs them. I feel like someone really loves you if they’re willing to rub your feet. Or maybe it’s just extra special to me since I have gnarly dancer feet?

-Midwife appointments. I have one tomorrow, and seeing the midwives makes me so thankful that one of them will be there for the birth. There are 8 total, and you don’t know who will be on-call when game day arrives, but I’ve loved all of the ones I’ve met so far. They’re all very different, with different styles and demeanors, but give me the same type of attentiveness and warm fuzzies.

-Knowing for sure [maybe?] what the sex of the baby is. I would have been equally excited to find out that we were definitely having a boy –instead, we were surprised at the 20 week ultrasound- but I was waiting for that appointment to really get my hopes up since I’d know if the baby appeared to be healthy. That was all that mattered to me [and all that still matters]. Like I’ve said before, I’ve been cautiously optimistic this entire time, hoping for everything to be developing the way it should be, and that appointment was a huge sigh of relief for me. After all of that, though, I can kind of see why couples choose to be surprised by the sex. It really is one of the few *real* surprises in life – so maybe for our next baby, we’ll decide to be surprised.

What were your least and favorite parts of being pregnant? For my friends sans kids, does anything freak you out about pregnancy?

When I was in college, I was 100% convinced that being pregnant would be like an alien in your belly. Now, I’m head over heels for my little alien.. and it doesn’t feel nearly as creepy as I imagined.

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  1. Mama Laughlin on September 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    It is so funny to read the comments from the non-parents saying that the thing that scares them the most is their body changing and other vanity reasons.
    That was me several years ago before I even wanted kids. I was terrified of getting stretch marks (got em now) and gaining weight (lost 60 lbs after my 1st son and got back to a weight that my husband hadn’t seen me at since I was 18) and my husband not being attracted to me anymore and so on.
    What I didn’t realize was how petty all that crap was. My husband loves me more now because I’m a mom, and a hot one at that.
    Well I was …. 34 weeks pregnant with #2 and I’m gonna have to do that whole weight loss thing all over again.
    But once you have kids, you realize all the things you were scared about in the first place are just silly.
    And it’s all just a small price to pay for that sweet little boy or girl.
    And the bond between you and your spouse will be even stronger BECAUSE of that child you made together.
    It’s a beautiful thing… stretch marks, saggy boobs and all!

    • Ali on September 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      I agree!!! When I was younger I didn’t think I would breastfeed b/c it would “change my boobs!” I was totally vanity ridden and that showed me I was NOT ready for kids!! haha

  2. Ali on September 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I get pregnancy acne, gah, usually I have clear skin. Granted I don’t get morning sickness but having anything on your face can be worse!!! My fav part is knowing how worth it all is. I have a 2 year old and am pregnant with our 2nd (only 9 weeks along) and it’s scarier for me this time around b/c I know what I could lose.

  3. christa on October 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    my favorite part of being pregnant this last time was that i felt very connected to the baby, i never felt as close to the baby in my belly as i did with my third. everyone else in the family was so caught up in living daily life i felt like my baby and i had a lot of moments just to ourselves…i know that sounds cheesy and i never understood when moms said they felt like they were bonding with their babies but i felt that this last time. what i hated the most was how much my body hurt…my pelvic bones and the pressure and my vagina was insane…and it started around 20 weeks, it was hard to walk towards the end and i can honestly say that he has ruined my internal body! but he is my third and after my first i felt fine, after my second it was a little more uncomfortable at the very end and after my last baby boy (he’s 6 months now) even though i’ve lost all 50lbs off pregnancy (the MOST i ever gained…the most i gained before that was 22lbs) plus some more weight my hips and lower back are not the same. ahh, the sacrifces we make for our family!

  4. Kate on October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    The worst part of my pregnancy was the anticipation! It felt like the longest 9 months of my life before I got to meet my little buddy.

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