We can often wait so long for those two red lines to appear, and I am sure I am not alone when I say that before we actually fall pregnant (most of us) imagine what it will be like to be able to tell friends and family that we're expecting, we imagine our bumps, we imagine all the joy and excitement that will come from growing this mini human. Expecting for the first time is magical and it should be enjoyed. Sometimes it can be difficult and I know that some experience pregnancy differently but for me, enjoying my pregnancy was one thing that I most definitely wanted. I wanted to remember it as a happy time, a moment to treasure and something that I could look back on and say, well that was an adventure.
Don't get me wrong, it's not all rainbows and unicorns, there's tiredness, sickness, achiness and moodiness - those god darn hormones, but despite all of that I feel like it should be enjoyed, it may only happen once, you may only want it to happen once, it may happen 3 or 4 times, maybe more, but no matter how often it happens each time will be different but no less magical.
Here are a few reasons why I think everyone should try and enjoy their pregnancy.
It's one in a million
As I briefly touched on, each pregnancy is so unique and no two will ever be the same. I often reflect on my pregnancy and I remember the feeling of being able to tell family and friends, it was so exciting, I remember thinking to myself, I wonder what they will look like, how big they'll be and what sort of personality they'd have. Although a pregnancy often seems to drag, as soon as it's over it feels like it all happened overnight. Lose yourself in thoughts and imagine what will be, and when your baby is finally here it’s fun to think back. If you like to document and share like me then keep a journal - maybe start a blog!
This is a good one! Being pregnant means you can milk it, with EVERYTHING! Okay, so I maybe did use the 'I’m pregnant' card to blag myself into non-public toilets, get a seat in a crowded coffee shop and get myself fast tracked to the tills in Primark quicker, but hey I was pregnant! If you can't be priority when your pregnant when can you be (certainly not when you become a mum). As longs as you aren’t being a complete idiot, blag away!
Once you pop out your little human, life will never be the same, me time becomes a thing of the past and if you think you're getting a minute to yourself before 9pm then you're deluded. Make sure that you enjoy your last 9 months in peace (this is obviously for first timers only - I feel for you 2nd, 3rd, 10th time mama's). I never truly appreciated me time before I had my little one, I took it for granted and now I wished I'd spent a little more time on me! Go get your nails done, have your hair blow dried, whatever you like to do, do a bit more of it than you normally would!
Immerse yourself in pregnancy
This one may not be for everyone but I fully indulged in pregnancy, I joined in on mummy to be groups (I like to be social), I went to all my anti natal classes, it helped me meet friends, and I indulged in a spot of pregnancy treats. I also took up hypnobirthing which I loved and would 100% recommend. Although 9 months seems a long time, it really does pass in a flash.
Ultimately pregnancy is so special, it's not for everyone, not everyone enjoys it, but to be able to say you have gone through and experienced it, to me is incredible. To create life is to create a miracle and miracles should enjoyed!
Kirsty, More of Me Blog
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