Scrolling through various social media channels, I see many expecting mothers which makes me consider what I miss about pregnancy.
Let’s start with a few of the things I didn’t love about pregnancy.
I realize this is a sensitive topic for many readers, and I want you to know that I consider pregnancy an absolute blessing.
Things I Didn’t Love About Pregnancy
Gaining weight. Duh. I know it has to happen, but it’s not like I loved it. Once you get past the cute-belly phase, there’s a long period of not feeling very attractive. Searching for clothes that don’t pinch your sides (cue muffin top). Don’t even get me started on bras.
Doing less. It was a hard pill to swallow when my workouts became shorter and less intense. I had to scale movements. Climbing a set of stairs left me gassed.
Discomfort. When baby begins growing, your insides adjust. Sitting comfortably becomes a fun game.
Not taking a full breath. Oh to inhale with a foot jabbing you in the lungs.
Peeing. All. The. Time. I used to plan my walks around a public bathroom or trees I could hide behind. No judging. When you have to go, you have to go.
Fatigue. I simply got tired a lot faster. Multiply that when I was expecting Cole and chasing a toddler around. Bedtime couldn’t come soon enough.
What I Miss About Being Pregnant
Wonderment. What is he going to be like? Will he look like Jada? Will they love each other?
Those kicks. The flutters that turn to full on jabs are pretty spectacular when you think about a tiny human growing inside.
The miracle. So many things have to line up perfectly to create this baby. I’d find myself holding my belly, almost protectively.
Time Slow Down
Now, I catch myself holding Cole a bit longer, well after he’s asleep. I’m studying his perfect skin, long eye lashes, curls, and inhaling his sweet smell.
Cole is our last baby.
While life is sometimes spinning out of control, moving too fast for me, I need to remember these moments. I must slow down and be present (easier said than done when you’re the mom of two).
Nursing my little baby to sleep, cradling him in my arms, will not happen much longer.
I memorize the feeling of my baby boy sleeping deeply, fully content, completely safe and utterly at peace. In these moments, I feel that wonderment again and promise him I will do everything I can to protect him while letting him grow.
Then, you know every discomfort of pregnancy is worth it.
Especially, when I see moments like this.
What do you miss, or don’t miss about pregnancy?