8 Things I LOVE about being Pregnant

The 8 Things I LOVE about being Pregnant

As you may have previously read, my experience of pregnancy on the whole hasn’t always been positive.  In fact I’d go as far as to say I do not particularly like being pregnant over all but there are some things I love about being pregnant.

Of course I will be eternally grateful that I’ve been blessed twice with carrying a bundle of baby fun and I’m so excited to be growing our family but 9 months is a loooong time to be doing so.

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If it was up to me I’d say 3 months would be perfectly adequate.This could still be split into 3 manageable trimesters – say Month/Trimester 1 where you and you partner could exist together in your secret baby bubble long enough to enjoy it but not have to come up with yet another excuse as to why you were not drinking/eating/doing anything fun.  Month/Trimester 2 would be when you to show off your baby bump, always get a seat on the bus but not be overly uncomfortable.  Then Month/Trimester 3 would fly by with trips to the midwife/doctor, baby-showering and setting up the nursery.However, 9 months it is and I’ve just entered month 6 so I’ve got ages left not long now.The new year has given me a chance to reflect on how my pregnancy has been so far so I’ve been feeling a bit more positive so I thought I’d even the score by listing the things I love about being pregnant:

1.  Dressing the bump – pregnancy is the only time when I feel confident enough to wear anything figure-hugging.  Having spent most of my life trying to hide my lovely lady lumps and bumps, this is my chance to embrace my new curvier curves and show them off to the world.

2.  Eating treats – now this is clearly a controversial one as no-one should go overboard and ‘eat for two’.  However having been on various diets for as many years as I can remember, it is nice to have an extra treat every now and again and relax a little more about what I can and can’t eat.

3.  An excuse to go to bed early – ahhh finally a guilt-free early night when I don’t feel like I’m wasting the day or missing out on anything.

4.  Washing my hair less – I don’t imagine this works for everyone but when I’m pregnant, my usual greasy hair dries out which means I can go longer between washes – sometimes 4 days (is that gross?).  This means less time washing and drying and more time getting those extra Zzzzs in the morning.

5.  Getting a seat on public transport – all it literally takes is a waddle onto the bus/train, a rub of the tummy or leaning back with my hands on my hips and bang, I’m offered a seat.  Don’t mind if I do.

6.  Compliments – yes yes I’m needy but it’s so nice when you’re told more than once in a day that you look nice, glowing, blooming etc – who doesn’t appreciate a compliment?

7.  Free dental and prescriptions – not that you necessarily want to have to take these up but hey, free is free isn’t it.

8.  Taking it easy – as easy as a working mother with a toddler can of course but I do enjoy it when I have the opportunity to put my feet up and rest.  Especially when I anticipate the chaos that awaits me after Mini is born!

So you see, pregnancy isn’t all bad and it does have it’s advantages.  I might not feel like the most grateful and natural pregnant woman all the time but deep down I am.

What do you love about being pregnant?  Did you miss anything about it after the baby was born?

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  1. 8th January 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with the early nights and the hair – that indeed is a massive perk of pregnancy. Like you said in the beginning, I am didn’t like being pregnant particularly (though was also very grateful that I was lucky enough to have carried two beautiful children). But your list has reminded me that there are definitely advantages to being pregnant. :-)

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:34 pm

      They really are perks aren’t they! I’m so conscious of complaining all the time that I’m really trying to make an effort to focus on the positives :)

  2. Emz
    9th January 2015 / 11:51 am

    Definitely agree with the early nights, treats & compliments :) I loved the fact I could have a nap when I got back from work and use the ‘baby’ as an excuse! x

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Ha ha thanks Emz – I must admit I use the baby as an excuse a LOT :) (don’t tell the hubby)

  3. 9th January 2015 / 9:50 am

    I am going to show this to my friend as she is totally miserable in her pregnancy. Love the super positive approach! Man how I miss the free dental care….and the lush mane of hair that doesn’t need washing! X

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Definitely do! Although tell her I complain a lot as well :)

  4. 9th January 2015 / 11:44 am

    I have to admit in the third trimester I tend to go to bed later now. #TheList

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:35 pm

      I’m 26 weeks now and and by 8pm I’m shattered – I’m jealous of your energy lol :)

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Ah it’s such a lovely thing to do isn’t it! :)

  5. 11th January 2015 / 8:31 am

    Agree! Get as much rest and relaxation as you can! And enjoy the compliments! I had twins, and so my pregnancy was very complicated. I didn’t enjoy it really. Each week I was so relieved that I got further along. The very end I relaxed a little more though. Jess xx

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:37 pm

      Ah thanks Jess and I completely understand – you had double the discomfort at the very least I bet but I would have been the same, just grateful every week that all was ok :)

  6. 11th January 2015 / 8:40 am

    I have six children and love being pregnant. Can’t beat that first kick. Or when people are trying to guess what your baby is.

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:38 pm

      Oh I do love those bits too – there is so much to be happy about. Wow 6 children – I commend you!! :)

  7. 11th January 2015 / 8:47 am

    I love this could have done with focusing on some of these when I was pregnant. I was never a fan! #sundaystars

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:39 pm

      It took a lot for me to really appreciate that it isn’t all bad lol :)

  8. 11th January 2015 / 12:59 pm

    I agree with these – our youngest is now 6 weeks and although I love him being here and don’t miss the aches and pains, I do miss my lovey bump and the kicks and somersaults, especially as he is our last baby. #sundaystars

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:39 pm

      Aww 6 weeks – congrats!! Ah yes, this is my last one too and so I’m trying to appreciate it :)

  9. 14th January 2015 / 10:50 am

    I love being able to wear whatever I like without needing to breathe in lol – and am always in bed early too! #MMWBH

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:40 pm

      Ha Kate so true – it’s nice to just have a tummy that I’m proud of sticking out! :)

  10. 14th January 2015 / 10:06 pm

    I agree with so many of these. Pregnancy was the only time I could get away with wearing skinny jeans. I also had lovely ungreasy hair and in the second trimester I felt brilliant. I also loved the way my husband was more protective – it was very cute. Thanks for linking up with #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Oh me too Mrs H – you would not have caught me in skinny jeans pre-pregnancy very often but I live in them now! :)

  11. Fatima @ Baby Toddler Me
    15th January 2015 / 1:46 pm

    Ha ha! I’m pregnant with my third as well, and can relate to many things on this list. Living in London, I definitely love getting a seat on public transport! I also love feeling my little baba move inside me. It’s a very precious feeling. I wish you all the best with your pregnancy. x

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Oh thank you Fatima! I love those kicks and wriggles! Well, when they’re not in the ribs :)

  12. 15th January 2015 / 9:51 am

    Although i loved that I was pregnant, I didn’t like being pregnant, and I’m dreading it if we have another. I could have done with this list to remind me of the bright side. Weirdly, I did miss my bump a bit once Luca was here and the kicks and wriggling in the bath. X

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Thanks Franki, I feel exactly the same way and I did pre-pregnancy. It’s our last so trying not to complain toooo much :)

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Ah you do miss it afterwards don’t you! Although I must say, I was glad to have my body back :)

  13. 15th January 2015 / 10:41 pm

    hehee! I’d agree with you – especially the dental care, I got a fair bit done after I had Reuben ;)

    Thanks for linking! #TheList xxx

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Ha Hannah I’m already planning what I’ll do after – need to make the most of it! :)

  14. 16th January 2015 / 1:15 pm

    Awww that’s a lovely positive post :-) Glad you’re enjoying it. By number three I was finding it hard to find many positives, but still loved nothing more than sitting down in the evenings and just watching her wriggle around in there x

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks lady! I must say it took effort to focus on the positives rather than complaining as I normally do but I’m glad I did it :)

  15. 17th January 2015 / 11:10 am

    Oh you have it spot on with the 3 months pregnancy thing… that would be awesome!
    I didn’t really enjoy pregnancy but that had a lot to do with hyperemesis and not much else, but I am grateful that Boo is happy and healthy =)

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:46 pm

      3 months would be PERFECT! If I was in charge, that’s what I’d do :) Ah hyperemesis must have been so hard :(

  16. 17th January 2015 / 9:53 pm

    oh this is making me broody , not good when i hate being pregnant and have a four month old. My hair was always perfect when i was pregnant and i sometimes went days without having to wash it too. enjoy the last few months and i am sure it will fly by xx #TheList

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:47 pm

      I’m impressed that you’re broody already with a 4 month old :) Congrats by the way!! :)

  17. 17th January 2015 / 11:12 pm

    So fab when pregnancy goes well and isn’t stressful, I had a tough first pregnancy with complications and despite a scary time with a water infection in my second, a relatively easy going time then. This post made me broody because growing another little person is such a joy and privilege. A friend described it as giving your baby a constant hug as you’re wrapped around your little one, loved that! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:48 pm

      Aww thank you! It is wonderful isn’t it – I love your friend’s description, that’s perfect :)

  18. 18th January 2015 / 7:29 am

    This is my first pregnancy & I’ve just entered the 2nd trimester. I am not enjoying it! I suppose the one thing I love so far is the love & support I have received from my friends and family. It’s really made me appreciate the wonderful people I have in my life. Not to mention how fantastic my partner has been towards me! You have encouraged me to start trying to find the good in pregnancy!

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:49 pm

      Thanks Melanie and I hope your pregnancy gets easier – nothing wrong in admitting you don’t enjoy it though is there :) Yes let’s try and focus on the positives and of course hope the rest flies by! :)

  19. 22nd January 2015 / 12:58 am

    Hi! I just started following you on twitter and found your blog. I am 30 weeks with our 3rd. Currently, my favorite thing about pregnancy is that my husband always says YES! Yes to Taco Bell at 3 in the morning. Yes to shaving my legs since I can’t reach them, yes to letting me pick the movie we watch. Yes, yes, Yes! I’m loving it! I hope this YES stays around even after the baby is here. :)

    • 22nd January 2015 / 9:28 am

      Oh thanks Kelli! And congrats to you – not long now! There are definitely positives aren’t there, and I hope the YES’s stay around too! :)

  20. 22nd January 2015 / 2:15 pm

    Ahh these are all so true. I really didn’t enjoy being pregnant though and I really thought I would; I just felt awful all the way through. I’m still looking forward to being pregnant again though (if I’m lucky) xx #brillblogposts

    • 24th January 2015 / 1:55 pm

      I was the same – I thought I’d love every second but ended up complaining for most of it! Trying to be more positive this time. I hope you get to have another go too when you’re ready to :)

  21. 22nd January 2015 / 10:53 pm

    I totally agree with the early nights, I relished those when pregnant with my son! But the others are all so true too!

    • 24th January 2015 / 1:56 pm

      Thanks Rebecca! Ahh I’m doing my best to make the most of the quite early nights before the newborn phase – argh :)

  22. 24th January 2015 / 9:06 pm

    I am 28 weeks pregnant, – and I love the fact that I can feel my baby, lots of kicking and movement :) I have also restarted my hypno birthing that I love as it makes me SO relaxed. – and was the reason I had such a great birth with my first born, so back for more of the good stuff!

    • 5th February 2015 / 11:22 am

      Ah we’re bump buddies nearly :) I love hypnobirthing – it’s such a wonderful skill to learn for life other than pregnancy too isn’t it :)

  23. 27th January 2015 / 5:03 pm

    I look back now and miss being pregnant. I miss the special feeling. X

    • 5th February 2015 / 11:23 am

      Aww it is such a special time yes! Trying to make the most of it :) :)

  24. 29th January 2015 / 12:39 pm

    Whenever I read posts like this, it just makes me SUPER broody!! Although I was huge, had stress and various aliments; I LOVED being pregnant!! Hope you are keeping well lovely lady. Your latest update was superb and you look stunning!! xx

    • 5th February 2015 / 11:23 am

      Oh thank you lovely!! Ahh I know what you mean – other pregnant women make me sooo broody – although after this one, done!! :)

  25. 3rd February 2015 / 8:09 am

    My hormones miss all of that and my sanity says, good riddens. Very exciting though.

    • 5th February 2015 / 11:24 am

      I know exactly how you feel, Alyssa! I’m making the most of it but it’s definitely my last pregnancy :)

  26. 20th February 2015 / 2:57 pm

    I love pregnancy for the ability to be able to wear anything and the non greasy hair like you.
    Enjoy the end of your pregnancy. Even though my last pregnancy was awful, I still miss being pregnant!

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much! Ahh you’re good to be able to see past it, I’m not up for it again :)

  27. 20th February 2015 / 3:53 pm

    I love this! Yes to all of those! How are you doing lovely lady? I so miss the whole free NHS shizzle!! Boo!! ha ha! xxx

    • 3rd March 2015 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks lovely!! I’m doing well – massive and still complaining of course ha ha!! :)

  28. 4th March 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Ah lots of nice things about being pregnant – I loved being able to eat treats and the compliments. I didn’t always get a seat on the bus/train – there was one time when I was eight months pregnant and the man getting on the train at the other end of the carriage spotted me and ran to get the only free seat in the middle – so rude! Thankfully a nice person gave up theirs. When my babies were born, I missed the kicks and the wriggles from being pregnant and how special it felt #RetroBlogPosts

    • 13th March 2015 / 10:10 pm

      Oh how rude – there are some very rude people around aren’t there! :)

  29. Love is Blind
    3rd April 2015 / 8:44 am

    I’m now 38 weeks G=and have got to agree with the eating treats and early nights. Sweets and ice lollies are my main ones at the moment, I’m just making the most of it and will worry about loosing the weight again once baby is here. It will be back to running twice a week soon.

    I also love feeling move, even when it can be slightly uncomfortable.

    • 3rd April 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Oh hurray – hope you’re feeling well! I’m with you – I have moments of panic about my weight gain but I’ll deal with it later, not long now for us :)

  30. 4th April 2015 / 11:12 pm

    I love being pregnant! :)
    Dressing the bump is my favourite! But I also love the sneaky treats, taking it easy & going to bed early!
    Clearly though, people are NICER where you live! I NEVER get offered a seat on the bus, and always end up standing. It kinda really annoys me to be honest! :/
    Great Post! Thanks for sharing.
    Sarah xx

    • 9th April 2015 / 12:07 pm

      It is lovely to dress the bump! That’s so so rude that people wouldn’t offer you a seat :(

  31. 6th April 2015 / 8:26 pm

    The going to bed early things was GOOD! Fab list huni. Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList xx

    • 9th April 2015 / 12:07 pm

      Thanks lovely! :)

  32. 7th April 2015 / 8:32 pm

    You’re right that when pregnant you’re no longer self-conscious about your curves. Great list!

    • 9th April 2015 / 12:07 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s the ONLY time I celebrate my curves :)

  33. Mumsy Midwife
    8th July 2015 / 8:23 pm

    I completely agree with the hair, free prescriptions and dental.

    Like you, I’ve found pregnancy really hard to enjoy. I’ve found that people don’t really try and help with seats on public transport etc. I don’t expect to be necessarily given a seat but I find it so hard when a bunch of people just stare at me, on my crutches, and carry on happily with their seated journey. People love to knock me out of the way and barge in front when I walk down the street too.

    I’ll be glad when bump is here and I can drive over their toes with the pram! #revenge!

    Loving the blog and catching the old posts.

    x

    • 8th July 2015 / 9:12 pm

      Haa I’d love to drive over their toes too! I hope people start giving you a seat – pregnancy is hard enough :)

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