With just 2 weeks left, I thought I’d share some of my experiences with pregnancy since I am (gladly) almost done being pregnant. Not a lot of my close friends have children yet so when it came to being pregnant- I knew the bare minimum. I figured I would be hungry all the time, get emotional, and pop out a kid. Well, I didn’t think it was that easy but I definitely didn’t think it was the journey that it has been.
1. The way your body goes into complete shock. I heard about morning sickness and back-pain but I never really understood how intense your body can react to growing this little human inside. In the beginning, I am not going to lie, it literally feels like a parasite has taken over your body. From
morning all-day sickness to extreme exhaustion, heart brun, restless leg syndrome, and breasts the size of your head (literally!) the changes in your body are so drastic and sudden.
2. Food aversions. I heard of cravings but never realized how severe food aversions could be. I could not even look at the sight of any type of meat, cheese or anything non-carb related. Thank god for prenatals because for the first 20 weeks, I was living off of bread and salad.
3. You’re an emotional wreck. Seriously, I cried at Folgers commercials. Pregnancy hormones are the real deal. Luckily, my husband was extremely patient with me and knew it was a temporary status (Hopefully).
4. How much people care. People are so nice and you realize that even more when you’re pregnant. I feel lucky to have had people go out of their way to give up their chair, help me carry something, and overall be extremely compassionate and helpful throughout this pregnancy. Now that I have been threw those agonizing times where I just wanted to sleep instead of do anything else or could barely walk because of back pain, I will pay it forward to all pregnant women I see because I can now relate.
5. You are part of a “Mom-community.” Yes, even before you pop out that kid, you are part of this closed “Mom” group. From playdates to breast feeding questions, all of a sudden, everyone wants to discuss and make you a part of these discussions. Other moms also expect you to have an opinion on everything too: Will you breast feed? Will you circumcise? Will you let your baby “cry it out”? All of these questions can be extremely overwhelming, especially, like me, if you have no experience with children. Listening to other Moms and educating myself, it seemed to become less overwhelming once I gained some confidence that I will not be perfect, but I will be a good Mom.