Post # 1
The other day I realized I’ve gotten very used to the baby kicking around. She had a quiet day and would just give a little kick here and there and I actually felt a little empty, like something was missing without as many little reminders. She’s moving around a lot today and I find it really comforting. Not that I love being pregnant but I do like her kicks. It got me thinking how subconsciously my body has also adjusted to having her in there too.
Is it just natural for your mind to switch to having the baby in your arms or does it feel weird and empty for a few days not being kicked in the guts all the time?
Post # 3
It doesn’t feel weird not to have the baby kicking anymore, but for the first few days I found myself still absentmindedly resting my hands on my belly like I had done when I was pregnant.
Post # 4
I didn’t have an “empty” feeling but I do remember looking in the mirror and thinking that even though I still looked a little pregnant that I couldn’t believe how much I actually deflated. I would still rest my hand on my stomach for awhile and sometimes I would feel something “kick” and that would shock the crap out of me! lol
Post # 5
DH’s aunt talked about this a lot last time I saw her- how she really loved feeling the baby move, and it was like having a little buddy around all the time, and how she missed that special bonding experience once she was no longer pregnant. I kinda figure that after it comes out I’ll be too tired to think, so I’m not expecting much withdrawal 🙂
Post # 6
I didn’t miss it right after birth, but now I sometimes look at Addie and miss those special little moments. I hated pregnancy, but I feel a little nostalgic about it at times, now. 🙂 Especially when I think of her little kicks and movements that only I got to feel.
Post # 7
Basically any time I’m sitting, I have a sharp pain in my lower chest where my baby belly meets ribcage under my right breast. It’s been that way for a few weeks and has gotten worse. I’m hoping that I’ll be so relieved to be able to sit down for a while without the pain that I won’t miss being pregnant too much. Not to mention heartburn, restless legs, my shoulders and back aching not being able to bend over and outgrowing maternity clothes with 6 weeks to go!
Post # 8
@mrstilly, I had that same pain and I had it all the way through labor. I figured after the baby dropped it would go away, but no. Hang in there!
I expected my belly to feel empty but I hadn’t really given it much thought until reading this (3 1/2 weeks later). I guess there’s just so much change (deflation, bloating, deflation again, jiggly-ness, larger than pre-pregnancy belly button, and the actual baby). One thing I love is that even though those sharp jabs during the last few months of pregnancy weren’t all that comfortable at the time, as soon as our daughter was born I could touch her heels and elbows and they felt so familiar already. Weird but wonderful.
Post # 9
I had a somewhat empty feeling especially when I looked at my belly. Sometimes I would get the kicking feeing after she was born and it would scare the crap outa me. And for the longest time I would catch myself holding or rubbing my belly like I did when I was pregnant.
Post # 10
I got a really empty feeling after DD was born. The first time I stood up after she was born I literally felt my insides drop into the space she had been filling. That was reeeeally weird.
Post # 11
I’m really scared about this! I love being pregnant, and I LOVE feeling her move.
I can’t wait to meet her, but I’m already sad that I only have four more weeks of her little kicks.
Post # 12
I touched my stomach after my daughter was born and it wasn’t firm any more. I did miss having her inside my body, but I breastfed so I got contractions when I fed for the first couple of weeks, it distracted me from missing those wonderful kicks.
Post # 13
I was too busy taking care of and snuggling with baby to miss having her in me, though it was sort of surreal for the first day!
Post # 14
The most surreal moment for me, was having my son curl up on my stomach right after he was born, in the fetal postion. And I remember thinking, moments ago he was on the otherside of my stomach, now he’s on the outside. It was weird weird weird! But ya, my contractions were so bad when I nursed so it was a big distraction from the baby kicking.