Post # 1
I feel like I only ever hear about the horrible side effects of pregnancy. Surely there are things one might enjoy about pregnancy. Any of you care to share? (FWIW, not pregnant yet. Just a nervous TTC-er.)
Post # 2
howtobeawife: sorry, nothing was great about pregnancy for me. Except, knowing I was growing my beautiful kids. Seriously, I HATED pregnancy. I only went thru it to get the awesome prize at the end 🙂
Post # 3
I actually enjoyed having a big old prgnant belly. It’s fun to dress, and most people treat you nicely when they see that you’re pregnant.
It’s also fun feeling the baby move & get the hiccups inside you.
Having a baby shower & buying cute things for the baby is really fun.
I also enjoyed picking out a name.
Post # 4
I loved being pregnant 🙂 I was very lucky no morning sickness, I only gained about a stone, I had a lovely pregnancy. My favourite part would still be feeling our baby move and kick 🙂 – though it’s so much better now she’s here. X
Post # 5
howtobeawife: my hair and nails were awesome during pregnancy. I also had my skin clear up quite a bit after the 1st trimester. I also enjoyed hearing that heartbeat at appointments and seeing my daughter for the first time when I had my ultrasound. i was also one of those rare women whose libido skyrocketed.
Post # 6
MrsBagel: Thanks for your honesty, I hear that a lot!
stillme: Winterbride_England: Katie-Didnt: Thanks for sharing some things to look forward to!
Post # 7
My hair and boobs were awesome. I loved feeling him kick and move and roll around and he always had the hiccups which was fun. I could eat what I wanted. For the first time ever I didn’t feel guilty about it.
Post # 8
I’m also one of those people who really loved being pregnant! Of course it’s difficult, uncomfortable, etc. But I loved my belly, loved the kicks, loved how sweet people are to pregnant women, loved the doctor’s appointments, loved the cravings and that it was reasonable to fulfill the cravings haha, I loved how sweet and appreciative of me my husband was…
I miss my pregnant belly now – love that my son is out of there and I’m getting to know him, but I do miss it.
Post # 9
baby kicks! and baby movement. Probably the best thing about being pregnant! That was really the only thing I enjoyed lol. I’d say getting to eat more food, but I still didn’t like gaining all that weight and I always felt crappy if I happened to gain 2 or 3 lbs in a week (it was probably water weight). So on the other side one of the best things about BFing is that I’ve got to enjoy eating way more than I normally do without gaining weight
I never noticed a difference in my hair, but it I must have retained extra hair because I’ve been losing SO MUCH freakin hair the past 2 months it’s disgusting.
Post # 10
Feeling my baby girl move and hiccup was the best! The belly was fun to dress until about the last month ha. My hair, nails, and boobs looked great. I had fun decorating the nursery and getting ready for my baby. People were always telling me how cute and glowing I was. I didn’t feel judged for eating whatever I wanted 😉 Aside from some manageable not-fun stuff (nausea in the beginning, constipation, having to pee all the time) I enjoyed being pregnant! Would totally do it again (no time soon though, my baby is only 7 weeks old!)
Post # 11
So far (at 24 weeks) my favorite thing has definitely been feeling the baby move! It’s so fun to feel him moving around in there, wondering if it’s a foot or a hand I’m feeling, and so on. Having my husband feel the baby move is also such an emotional, wonderful bonding experience.
Other that that, my skin has actually gotten better, especially now that I’m in the second trimester. I’ve had acne all through my teens and adult life, so it is wonderful to have (mostly) clear skin on a regular basis.
Deciding on a name has also been really fun.
Post # 12
howtobeawife: Thanks for this thread. I am nervous too 🙂
Post # 13
howtobeawife: I loved how magical and special it seemed. I loved reading about the baby’s development each week and feeling movement and hiccups. I loved going to my midwifery appointments and hearing the heartbeat. The 20 week 3d ultrasound was amazing. I loved exercising and knowing my little buddy was with me and working out, too. It made me feel really bonded to the baby to “take” it for a ski or a hike or a run and talk to it (we didn’t know the sex). I liked how sweet and complimentary people were (and sometimes surprised) when I’d be outside being active. I liked having a baby bump- so cool and different. This is super cheesy but sometimes it just made me feel connected to, like, all of womanhood or our ancestors or something!
My skin was also really clear the whole time (and still at 3 months from breastfeeding) and people said I had “the glow”
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’m almost 35 weeks, and there are a couple of things I’m going to miss. Maybe because we know we’re only going to have one baby makes me “cherish” these more, but anyway…
-the little nudges. While I’m so looking forward to meeting our peanut, I love feeling the baby move. It’s like our little secret-nobody else (usually) knows.
-my boobs! I’ve gone from an A+/B- to a C. Love it!
-people have been so nice, especially other moms. Doors are opened, cars wait for you to waddle across the street, people give up seats for you…
-the baby shower was awesome- it was like opening up someone else’s Christmas presents. So many stinking cute little things!
-Getting a “pass” on clothing. I stopped wearing thong underwear about a month ago, panty lines be damned!
-It’s been a really nice experience to share with my Mom.
My first trimester wasn’t fun (morning sickness and exhaustion like I felt that I had mono), and everyone’s experience is different (even with each child), but it’s a pretty amazing experience.
Post # 15
Thanks, all! I really appreciate reading some of the highlights of pregnancy to look forward!