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For some women, being pregnant is just not fun. Between morning sickness and a growing baby bump, it can feel as if an alien has taken over your body. So when people say to "enjoy your pregnancy," it may not be as easy as some would think.
The thought of bringing new life into the world was exciting for my husband and me. But the actual thought of giving birth was excruciating, and whenever people told me to enjoy being pregnant, I was so annoyed.
I didn't know what to expect or how to deal with my expanding waistline at first. I really didn't suffer from morning sickness, but I was always exhausted. It was like the life was being sucked from me. Despite feeling awful, I tried to remain positive. Here are some ways that I was able to enjoy my pregnancies.
For starters, take lots of photos. My husband and I took weekly snapshots of my growing bump as a memory keepsake. It's also probably one of the best gifts we could ever give our two children.
I've since put together a photo album and video of my pregnancies, and it's amazing to see how much our now 5-year-old daughter appreciates them.
Next, go shopping. There are tons of maternity clothing on the market that are fashionable. I skipped the frumpy items for more fashion-forward pieces. I embraced my new voluptuous figure and picked out tops to accentuate my newly fuller breasts.
Don't forget to exercise! You'd be surprised about how great you'd feel after a workout. Don't get me wrong; there's no need to train for a marathon. A walk around the block, yoga or light weight training is a great way to stay energized and feel good about yourself.
Eat healthy. Everyone has pregnancy cravings. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I wanted a slice of pizza everyday. When I was expecting my son, chocolate became my weakness. But, there's no need to use pregnancy as an excuse for unhealthy eating. Indulging in your favorite treat is OK, but don't make a habit of it.
For me, following a healthy diet made me feel better about my pregnancy because I knew I was doing right by my babies and me.
Overall, these tips helped me enjoy my pregnancies. But I know that everyone is different. You may not enjoy exercising and you may not like taking photos of your growing belly. The key is to find what works for you.
I remember being extremely happy when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. But the second child came as a complete surprise and I was in denial; it took me a while to embrace being pregnant.
After having a conversation with my husband about taking time to enjoy this gift, I snapped out of my funk. Enjoying my pregnancies took a lot of the stress out of giving birth, not to mention we now have so many wonderful memories.