Don’t get me wrong, I’m delighted that I am expecting and I can’t wait to meet this new little person that is growing inside me. But oh my word, do I hate being pregnant.
I think that women who say that they loved every minute of their pregnancy either:
- Are lying through their teeth
- Have a worse memory than I have (and that is saying something)
- Or they just didn’t get their fair share of symptoms
I mean, seriously, who could love feeling sick for 24 hours a day for anything up to 9 months – yes, the unlucky ones among us do NOT feel better after the first 3 months are over and done with. Who could love feeling constantly so exhausted that even breathing feels like too much effort, and no matter how much you sleep, it just doesn’t go away. Who could love going off pretty much all food and drink, apart from the things you are not allowed to have obviously – what I wouldn’t give for a soft boiled egg or a nice piece of rare steak, yummy. Who could love being ok one minute and bursting out in tears the next, with no regards paid to your location, at work, on the bus, these pregnancy hormones couldn’t care less where you are or who you’re with.
I could go on for ages – honestly I could because the list of unpleasantries goes on and on (heartburn, nose bleeds, cramps, headaches, etc etc etc), but I won’t because if you’re not bored already, you certainly would be soon.
But let me just put one message out there for all the women who, like me, are not having the time of their lives:
It’s ok not to enjoy being pregnant, it’s even ok to hate it! I certainly do, it sucks! Big time! This doesn’t mean you are not happy to be pregnant and it does not make you a bad person. It just means you’re honest. The good news is though, that one day it will be over, and (pardon the cliche) it will all be worth it. So grit your teeth, pack a sick bag, count the days and try to smile every now and then. You’re not alone and you will do just fine 🙂