Overall, I’ve enjoyed the Pregnancy. It’s an experience like no other and it really does challenge you mentally and physically. However, it goes without saying that regardless of this, there have still been some experiences I won’t miss…
SPD & Back Pain – This, by far, is my biggest pregnancy gripe. My back and later on, SPD, has exhausted me. It’s stopped me dead in my tracks and wiped days from underneath me. I haven’t been able to walk the dog as much – something I am sure the dog is holding against me – or been able to just walk around town like I used to. It frustrates me even more on days I have tons of energy and should be putting it to good use. I thought going to gym before pregnancy would have strengthened my back, but I guess nothing can prepare your body for this.
Panty-liners – Probably a little TMI, but I’m sure I’m not the only pregnant person that suffered with leakage of every kind during pregnancy.
Sleepless nights – I know, I know, I know. Those won’t go away once Fidget arrives, but my logic is that the sleepless nights will soon be because someone needs me and not because I need to pee for the fourth time or because my hips can’t take the weight anymore. I’ll have something to get up in the middle of the night for! You really do need to make the most out of sleep before pregnancy!
Being afraid to say something – I’m quite an outspoken person and if someone ever said something negative to me or S I would have no qualms about giving them an earful. Falling pregnant, however, seemed to not only put invisible tape on my mouth but I sometimes became very very anxious when I was out on my own. I don’t know why this happened, but I guess Pregnancy makes you feel more vulnerable.
The constant hunger – As someone who worked hard to lose weight, it really irked me when all the healthy things I continued to eat didn’t fill me up, and all I wanted was Peanut Butter on Toast. Pretty much until 7-8 months, I was always hungry even though I know I had eaten enough that morning.
The stupid questions – Pregnancy seems to open you up for all sorts of questions, quite personal ones sometimes – so this is certainly something I won’t miss.
Peeing! All. The. Time. And even the feeling of needing to pee and nothing coming out – thanks Fidget.
P.s. Peeing Normally!! – At 9 months now, I have to sometimes physically lift my belly to free my bladder that although is bursting to release, it can’t because someone is kindly using it as a pillow.
Hormones – Not something we talk about at home as I hate thinking (and being treated like) I’m being irrational and unreasonable purely because of hormones, but lets face it. I have been effected by hormones. Sometimes I’ve just wanted a cry for no reason. I’ve probably cried more in the past 9 months than I have in the past 8 years with S. So that’s hormones for you.
My favourite clothes not fitting me – I enjoyed getting new clothes, but I miss my old ones. The new ones are nice but they don’t suit me. I miss my chinos, my t-shirts, shirts, and jumpers. Maternity clothes have done me well, but I’m looking forward to getting back into my own style.
Being able to reach below my belly. Tying shoe laces, shaving, stroking our cats (Yes! The cats! We have two cats! Don’t be rude!), and even being able to see below my belly so I don’t trip over the dog when coming down stairs went out the window at 7 months.
Don’t get me wrong, if someone had told me or shown me how my pregnancy would be before even falling pregnant, I’d still do it. Nothing even compares to the journey of Pregnancy and if I could choose to do it all over again, I totally would – I guess I’m a sucker for pain.
This is great. Hopefully it is validating to hear that I found that I actually got more sleep after the baby was born than I got during the 3rd trimester, even with feeding every two hours all night. That last trimester is so hard on sleep!
Definitely! I go to bed tired but can’t sleep, and then end up waking up early? It’s rubbish!
Agreed. You feel better rested and all the aches and pains are gone.
This is reminding me of how miserable pregnancy can be! Yes, it’s a miracle and yes, it’s an honour. But damnit some things about it just suck! PS – the exhaustion from your baby being here is far better than pregnancy insomnia/exhaustion. It’s just easier to handle when it’s your wee baby causing it.
Thanks, lovely. I really don’t like complaining as I wanted this, but it’s hard not to, Y’know?
I’m glad someone can see my logic. I know I’ll definitely be able to sleep a lot easier (when I get the chance) once baby is here. X
Tell you what I know so many women who tell me how wonderful pregnancy was and I have turned around to all of them and said “really? I hated being pregnant!” Stress, pain, aches, leaks, stupid people…
It’s good to be honest! Even though it’s something we desperately wanted it doesn’t mean we have to sail about serenely revelling in the beauty that is pregnancy. It’s hard work and everyone is always glad when it is over!!!
Exactly! I sometimes feel guilty complaining as I know others who are still TTC and we knew what it was all about, but at the same time pregnancy IS hard – and I’m not going to go through it tra la la and like you said, all serenely like its a walk in the park (I really miss walking in the park. lol). It really takes a toll on your body.
With all that in mind, I’d still do it all over again, so I can’t have suffered THAT much. lol.
I’ve enjoyed the experience, but I’m definitely looking forward to the end result and getting back into shape. X
Our bambino is six months now and I started feeling broody yesterday… I must be mad! Pregnancy and birth were no fun but I keep on seeing these tiny bundles of baby at our local children’s centre and I just melt! Babies are amazing! My one early days tip is to video them lots, it’s incredible how quick you look at them and think I have no idea how little you were! X