Get this, next week we are entering into our THIRD trimester and it’s about time I share my favorite and least favorite things about being pregnant! I have a lot to say so we’re diving right in.
We’re going to start with the negatives so we can end on a high note! Not surprisingly, almost all of my least favorite things about pregnancy relate to emotional and physical discomfort. Here are my least favorite parts of pregnancy:
Fear. I talked about this in my last blog post, but there is a lot of uncertainty to navigate when you are creating a baby inside of you. Somedays that uncertainty feels exciting and some days it feels really heavy and scary.
Nausea. I’ve been so extremely lucky that I haven’t been throwing up during this pregnancy. I did, however, spend a lot of my first trimester rubbing peppermint and lavender essential oil on my forehead to combat the waves of nausea that I’d feel. I also spent a lot of time eating peanut butter and jelly toast and mac-and-cheese. Although I love those foods, it doesn’t feel good to eat a diet of mostly carbs when all I wanted to be doing was giving my baby the healthy foods he or she needs to grow! Which leads me to my next point…
Overwhelm. Friend, the amount of things to figure out when you are a first time mama-to-be is INSANE. From what to eat, to what to buy, to how to emotionally + physically prepare for birth, the list goes on.
Gas. This is real, and it’s not pleasant. We won’t get into the science behind it but just know that I’ll be blaming any unpleasant smells coming from me on baby for the next three months!
Tiredness. Let’s be real, when you’re tired, you’re not at your best. Sometimes I’ll just be really crabby for what feels like no reason and then I remember, Hey, you’re growing a human inside of you. You’re exhausted and uncomfortable. It’s okay that you just majorly freaked out on Joe when he came home 15 minutes later than he said he would...but let’s go take a nap now so we can apologize later. I’m learning what a realistic amount of things in my schedule looks like for me to feel both accomplished and rested.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed being pregnant (she says with the most uncomfortable trimester still ahead of her). But seriously, I’ve been able to lean into the miraculous gift that creating a baby is and that’s really shaped my perspective in a positive way. Here are my favorite things about pregnancy:
Connecting to my baby. The coolest thing about being pregnant is that you have a little human inside of you who you’re doing life with. It can be hard to connect with baby at first but making the time to try has been one of my favorite parts of being pregnant. I’ve been using the mediation app Headspace (they have a package for pregnancy that I highly recommend). I’ve also been talking and singing to baby, feeling baby kick, imagining what he or she will be like and getting so excited to meet this little person.
Pampering myself. Pampering myself has also been a way that I’ve been able to connect with baby. I’ve invested in cleaner skincare, quality maternity clothing, and online group fitness (I’ll be sharing all these things in an upcoming post). These are all things I probably wouldn’t have done if they weren’t good for the baby but investing in products and services for myself has really been a game changer.
Preparing for baby. My secret to overcoming that overwhelm I was talking about earlier? Slowing down and taking it one step at a time. When I take the time to slow down and enjoy preparing for baby, it’s really such a special thing I get to do. I feel really good about myself and I get excited for baby to come when I feel like we’re making solid, healthy, well thought out choices for baby. And I always have to keep in mind that there’s no one right way to do things, especially when it comes to the registry!
Sharing baby excitement with Joe. This baby is something we share that is (obviously) unlike anything else and it’s brought us so much closer. From checking the BabyCenter app to see what size baby is to feeling the baby kick, there have been so many special moments already. It’s also been so fun to share the excitement with our friends and family as we await this precious arrival.
Becoming a new version of myself. Whoa. Here’s the thing being pregnant is transformative physically but also mentally and emotionally. For me, it’s been a time that I’ve had to lean into what makes me happiest and most comfortable so that I can be the best version of myself for this baby and for my husband. I’ve had to slow down and move forward more intentionally than ever before and it’s been SO GOOD.
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