My pregnancy has been absolutely amazing. I’ve been very fortunate to have an easy pregnancy with no complications. I say that lightly since I’m now in the home stretch and have 4 weeks left until our baby boy makes his arrival. Before I ever got pregnant, I had in my mind how it would be. I would be sick the first trimester, I would feel good the second trimester and feel horrible again the third trimester. That has all been a lie. Everybody’s pregnancy is so different, you can never predict how you will feel on any given day. Thankfully, I had no morning sickness throughout my pregnancy. The only major complaint I’ve had so far is soreness and that has only happened in the past few weeks. I’ll wake up some morning and feel like I was ran over by a train. It usually subsides throughout the day so I can’t complain too much.
There is something about growing a human inside of you that blows my mind. Every single day, I still wake up and think “is this real life?” or “am I really pregnant?” Then I take a glance in the mirror and yep, all my doubts are confirmed. There is definitely a little baby in me wiggling around preparing for his grand entrance into the world. There are some things about pregnancy that I know I will miss tons.
I’ll miss feeling him wiggle around every night. Every night, I lay on my bed and stare at my stomach in amazement that there is a human inside. It’s very surreal. I stay pretty active throughout the day so I don’t notice the wiggles as much but once I lay down at night, he likes to move. Because of the placement of my placenta, it took until I was about 24 weeks to feel his first kicks. They felt like little flutters inside my belly. Now that he is a big boy (according to my OB), his kicks feel a bit more like grown man punches to my stomach and other organs. It’s a crazy feeling but I wouldn’t change a thing.
I’ll miss watching my body change. I know most women don’t look forward to their bodies growing and all of the changes that come with it but I have thoroughly enjoyed watching all the crazy changes happen. Sure, there are some days that I wish I still fit into my favorite pre-maternity shirt but that my jeans buttoned. (I keep telling myself that I’ll fit into them one day!) I didn’t notice any major changes to my body until I was about 25 weeks so when the changes started happening, I was so excited to see my body work it’s magic.
(Side note: I thought I had a bump here. I had no idea what was coming. ha)
I’ll miss the doctor appointments. This might sound crazy because usually doctor visits are never fun. Now I count down the days til my next visit. I can’t wait to hear my baby’s heart beat and hear about what will be happening next in my pregnancy. Since I’m now close to the end, I’m seeing my doctor every 2 weeks and after my appointment this week, it goes down to weekly appointments. I sad they’re going to end soon but know that holding my baby will triumph all those feelings.
I’ll miss the generosity of strangers. The further along in my pregnancy I am, the nicer people seem to be. I’ll admit that are times that I’ll be out grocery shopping, running errands or whatever and I’m not in the mood to deal with people. I’m either uncomfortable or tired and don’t have it in me then there will be one person who will give a compliment out of left field or another person will ask a question about the baby or someone will go out of their way to open the door for you. It’s a nice feeling to see people care. I will admit it’s sad that I never noticed this before I was pregnant but the generosity of strangers has been a nice added bonus.
I’ll miss having an excuse for pregnancy brain. I never realized that baby brain was a serious thing until I got pregnant. There are times that I can’t think of words, I can’t remember what I was doing or where I’m driving. I’ve misplaced more things in the past 3 months than I have in my whole life. One time that pregnancy brain made me feel extra special was when I wore two different shoes to a vet appointment. That was awkward but it gave my husband and my vet a good laugh.
I’ll miss being pregnant with all my friends. I didn’t get pregnant til I was 30. If you ask my parents, I’m ancient and they can’t believe I waited so long. The fact of the matter is that my OB actually told me I was one of her “younger patients to get pregnant.” Yep, you read that right 30 is the new 20 for preggos. Since I got pregnant, I can count at least 5-10 good friends that are pregnant too. It’s nice to know that they are going through the same changes you are and that I have a friend to text a random rant to and they won’t judge. The upside to this is that they won’t be pregnant forever and we will soon all have littles around the same age!
I’ll miss all the sleep. Sleeping is by far one of my favorite things to do. I’ve always been a sleeper even before I got pregnant. It doesn’t matter what time I go to sleep, I can sleep through the whole next day. Admittedly, I don’t get much sleep now that I’m in my third trimester – I already miss it.
I’ll miss the anticipation. I’m sure my husband is over me playing out every scenario possible about when the baby comes. There is so much anticipation that comes with being pregnant. There are so many unanswered questions that will all be answered in a short period of time but it’s hard not to wonder – wonder what the baby will be like, will he sleep at night, will I be a good mom, who is going to make dinner, will I ever get sleep again?
Although I will miss all of these things, I know that having my baby here to have and hold will make up for it a million times over. What things do you miss about being pregnant?