true that some women prance and shimmy through pregnancy and love every step of
it. They make those nine months look like a manic Mentos commercial. But many don’t. For those women, myself
included, pregnancy is nine months of ups and equal amounts of downs, watching
what you eat, what you do, feeling like a whale, moving like a manatee, and
fighting severe sushi cravings. It’s exciting but it can also be hard.
if you’re limping along with cankles and wondering if the big day
will ever come, here are 21 reminders that pregnancy is kind of awesome. And
remember, it will be over before you know it!
It’s there, and it’s surprisingly pretty stable, so you may
as well make use of all that surface area. It’s like a built in snack bar, perfect for holding pretzels, milk duds and breakfast in bed (hint hint, family). Oh
Mother Nature, what a clever way to facilitate eating a bowl of pralines and
cream so comfortably on the couch.
While you're growing a tiny human in your belly go on and book a Pantene ad, too.
2. Your hair is lookin’ fine, girl.
Pregnancy is known for giving you those luscious, shiny
locks. You may have a world map of melasma covering your face, but your hair is
looking ooohhhweee. While you're growing a tiny human in your belly go on and book a Pantene ad, too.
3. Pizza tastes so much better. (We didn't think it was possible either.)
It’s common knowledge that pizza is delicious. But pizza
when you’re pregnant takes on a whole new level of pleasure. And it makes sense, with the
salt, the cheese, the crust, and the knowledge that you already have a massive
belly, so what does it matter? See it as a gift, really. The cheese pie trophy is your pregnancy
4. Those baby kicks
No level of grumpy is a match for the feeling you get when
you experience those glorious baby kicks. Feeling your baby nudge (and
sometimes wallop) you from the inside gives you an instant high, and you can’t
help but pause, reset and be thankful.
5. You’ve got that glow.
Maybe it’s from the increased oil production from all the pizza
you’ve been eating or maybe it really is from all that increased blood flow
bringing that fresh and clean glow to your face. Whatever the hell is happening
there, it looks good on you.
6. You get
to consume 300 extra calories.
Sure that 300 calories only really amounts to an apple or a
handful of almonds, but what fun is that? You’re lugging a bowling ball around
and sporting a skin mustache. Get in that lasagna, babe.
7. You have another reason to wear sweats.
Let’s be real, no one needs an excuse to wear sweats, but
you have one nonetheless. Now get over here, stretchy elastic waist band and
let me wrap you around my baby bulge.
8. You are encouraged to take naps.
This almost seems like a trick, but pregnant women growing
babies in their womb need extra rest! However, with other kids in the mix, this
one may indeed just be a trick.
9. You eat healthier, at some point.
In between the sausage pizza and sour cream and onion
Pringles, you do make a real effort to get some nutritious food in you. As much
as the cravings consume you, so does your desire to take care of your baby’s
Sure, they’re tender and veiny, but damn girl, your tatas
are exquisite and screaming to be appreciated. Rock those fun bags, they’ll be
scabbed over before you know it!
When you are granted
that thing you have been craving, the heavens open.
gratification when you eat something you’ve been craving
Those pregnant cravings are real. And they can’t be ignored.
It’s like you can’t go on with your life until you have satiated that desire
for a bacon cheeseburger or salt and vinegar chips. And when you are granted
that thing you have been craving, the heavens open and you nearly fall to your
knees in euphoric gratitude.
are special parking spots reserved for you.
No one wants to compete for a parking spot with a
hormonal pregnant woman. Don’t mind if I do!
Watching your friends do CrossFit while you read US Weekly
on the stationary bike won’t riddle you with guilt anymore.
how good sushi, camembert and that first drink of whiskey are going to taste
after nine months of going without.
Yeah, it blows to be denied what you used to regard as items
necessary to your survival, but hey, turns out you can do without. And nine months
sans alcohol is probably good for you.
15. You can have
sex with wild abandon.
And by “wild abandon” I mean “oof, not this way,” and “don’t
squish my belly” or “OMG are you poking the baby?” and “oy, that’s uncomfortable.”
Sigh. But the “wild” really comes from not having to worry about getting
pregnant. Checked that box already.
Sure, the faucet of discharge isn’t so great, but no tampons
or pads for nearly a year? Aw yeah, that’s pretty sweet.
won’t last forever
Though heartburn and heavy breathing have become the norm
and you feel like you’re made of belly, boobs and cankles, eventually and sooner
than you think, it will all come to an end. It seems like an eternity now, but
in just a matter of months, you’ll be holding a precious baby in your arms, and you
will be able to see your feet again. You may almost actually miss being
pregnant. Emphasis on “almost.”
foot rubs from your partner (hypothetical foot rubs at this point, but ahem!)
You are housing a baby! You are deprived of sleeping on your back or belly, normal sized feet, heartburn-less meals, whiskey, roller coasters and you are getting stretch marks, morning
sickness and sciatica pain, just to name a few. Your partner will rub your feet maybe out of
compassion, but mostly out of fear of what will happen to him if he doesn’t.
That’s right. You are facilitating a freaking miracle. A
baby, your baby is growing inside of you. And in nine-ish months, you will have a
son or daughter to hold and cuddle and love forever. Your body is amazing. It's just
another reminder of what a freaking warrior you are.