Post # 1
- Wedding: February 2020 - Colorado
Hi bees!! As a total fence sitter on having kids I occasionally read through the threads on here where so many of you mamas share pregnancy symptoms and I get so scared reading about what you are experiencing or have experienced! In my head I’m like “oh my gosh I don’t know if I can handle that!” But then I remind myself that women have been having babies for thousands of years and lots of women have more than one so it can’t be as bad as I imagine it to be but the fear is still there.
There seem to be quite a few pregnant bees right now and many more post-partum so I’d love to spin the conversation about pregnancy symptoms and make this thread all about the best aspects of being pregnant.
What was or is the absolute best part of pregnancy to you?
Thank you in advance!! I have always appreciated the info I’ve gotten from the bees on this site. 🙂
Post # 2
Feeling the baby move around, hands down! I just had my 4th (and final) baby and I’m already a little sad I will never feel those little kicks again. People are also just generally nicer and friendlier to you when you are pregnant
Post # 3
Aww I absolutely love this idea for a thread. I am currently 21 weeks pregnant with my first baby.
Before getting pregnant I felt very scared of the experience and also kind of resentful that I (as a woman in a heterosexual marriage) was the one and only person who had to go through pregnancy. I wished my husband and I could split the burden. But now being pregnant I feel bad for him that he will never get to experience what it feels like to be growing a new life and carrying your baby inside of you! It is a really special feeling and I think I will miss carrying him with me always once he is out in the world. Also, particularly during this pandemic when good news is rare, I love how happy and excited people are to hear about and talk about my pregnancy. It feels like you are bringing a ray of sunshine into the world in an otherwise dark time.
Also this isn’t really a symptom, but my husband has been so incredibly caring and supportive during this time, even over and above how he normally is. It has truly made me love him more and I can’t wait to see how wonderful he will be as a father. I think this is important to say as I think the common narrative is that pregnancy symptoms and stress strains your relationship/marriage.
The absolute best symptom is feeling the baby kicks. They are sooo cute and warm my heart every time. Also I love being able to eat what I want when I want, after what seems like many many years of trying to lose/maintain weight and the guilt associated with eating “too much”. It is a very liberating experience to feel happy when the scale goes up. I absolutely love my baby bump too after always being self conscious about my stomach sticking out, I love showing it off in form-fitting clothes and want to be showing as much as possible.
Also I have not personally experienced these but a lot of women seem to have better hair, skin and nails while pregnant, along with increased libido. So there are definitely other common symptoms which are good!
Post # 4
2 weeks postpartum and while pregnancy isn’t all sunshine and roses I have to admit I was lucky and had a very smooth pregnancy. Some of the pregnancy symptoms suck but I actually felt more like myself than I thought I would while pregnant! It was just a very sentimental time – it created a new dynamic and layer in my fiancé and I’s relationship and was a special time for us. It’s also just fun planning for your little one – we found out gender very early at 8 weeks and picked out a name pretty early as well so it was extra fun to shop for him and set up his nursery. It’s work being pregnant but it’s still rewarding – it’s a relationship only you get to have. Now that my little guy is here it’s cute seeing things he did in the womb on the outside – his frequent hiccups, his specific way of stretching out, how active he is. My family is just learning these things about him but I already experienced them for months. Babies learn who mom is very fast and are bonded to you in way they won’t be with anyone else. It’s all been worth it 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
The best part for me so far is seeing Dh’s face when he puts his hand on my stomach and feels the baby move. He gets this huge smile on his face and gets so excited. It’s our first and we’re both counting down the days and just really eager to meet our little one.
Post # 6
I think unfortunately whether you like it or not depends solely on how your body tollerates it and everyone is different. For me I wished someone told me that even when you have a smooth healthy pregnancy with not a ton of bad symptoms it can be a lot and not fun. I’ve had a very smooth pregnancy and I don’t enjoy it. Just know that you might love it or you might not but it doesn’t last forever and it will be ok.
Post # 7
I would say definitely feeling the movement and people are SO much nicer to you!!!!
Post # 8
The movement. It’s our own special thing that no one else can really experience. My husband feels her from the outside, but to feel your baby’s movements inside of you is just otherworldly special. There’s also the satisfaction in knowing that even when I’m uncomfortable, I’m providing for my baby. Her nutrients and protection come from me. I’m doing something for her that only I can do.
Post # 9
Definitely feeling the movement and seeing the baby on the ultrasound. Certain actions would make my little go wild. He’d move a lot if I was driving on a bumpy road or when I ate certain foods. I’ll never forget seeing him sucking his little thumb on one of ultrasounds. As PPs have mentioned, people are way nicer to you. People would offer to carry stuff for me all the time. I miss that. Lol
Post # 10
Pregnancy made me feel like a weird science experiment; there wasn’t much I enjoyed. But the one thing that always made me laugh when my babies got the hiccups. I couldn’t figure out what it was at first and my dr. saw it and said babies/fetuses got them just like adults.
Post # 11
I had an easy pregnancy and loved everything about it. Best parts were the kicks and cute belly. I joke with people that I’d looove to be pregnant again, I just don’t want another kid 🤣
Post # 12
I’m due next Thursday and overall I really love being pregnant. Baby kicks/movements are definitely the best. Ultrasounds are also super special. Awesome hair and nails is a plus. My husband has been super sweet/supportive and it’s the cutest thing seeing him get so excited for baby movements.
I’ve been in quarantine for pretty much my whole pregnancy so I haven’t really seen friends/family but they get real excited for pictures so I imagine it’s a lot more fun for everyone in person. We didn’t get too have a baby shower either but that would have been a plus!
In conclusion, those baby kicks are THE BEST.
Post # 13
I’m currently 25 weeks pregnant with my second, and this pregnancy has been flying by, so that’s a positive 😂 I think pregnancy, (especially with the first child) is pretty darn special. Yeah, there are some discomforts, but you’re so focused on all the movement, milestones, and growing belly bump. I loved reading about the weekly changes and how my baby was developing. It still blows my mind that my body created life. I look at my son and think, “that perfect little human grew inside me?!?” Second pregnancy has been relatively uneventful, but I’m so busy with my toddler I don’t sit around staring at my belly like I did in my first pregnancy. It’s still nice to feel the kicks, and I straight up love maternity pants/leggings.
Post # 14
Baby bump! Loved dressing up my bump and I just felt like a feminine goddess with it haha
Post # 15
I actually felt really beautiful and womanly when I was pregnant. My skin was better, hair longer, and I had the glow. My husband became even more loving and protective than his usual self. He also seemed to find me more attractive. Lol.
I loved feeling my son kick. I loved ultrasounds. I loved watching my tummy grow. I distinctly remember how I felt when I heard his heartbeat for the first time and when I saw his face around 30 weeks via ultrasound. Amazing moments!
But my favorite thing was just the excitement from family and friends. I had 2 virtual baby showers, 1 drive thru baby shower, and everyone always wanted to know how things were going. My son is the first grandbaby on both sides of our families.
I had a pretty easy pregnancy and delivery so while some stuff annoyed me there was nothing that was truly horrid about the experience. I plan on doing it 1 more time. I am 7 weeks post-partum.