August 20, 2014

Pregnancy Perks

I think I’ve finally accepted that I’m NOT one of those women who love being pregnant.  I’ve wanted to love it and have tried to be that kind of woman.  Many Waters Pregnancy PerksHowever if I’m honest, I really dislike being pregnant.  Actually, I hate it.  I try not to use the word hate too often because it has such a strong connotation but in this case, it’s true.  From the nausea in the first trimester to the all day heartburn to dealing with GD, later on, pregnancy is just no fun for me.   I think that experiences are what you make of them so even though I can’t wait for this pregnancy to be over, I have come up with four things I DO like about being pregnant.  These are my pregnancy perks:

1.  Prenatal massages
The one time we make sure to schedule massages into our budget is when I’m pregnant.  I found an AMAZING massage therapist when I pregnant with Munchkin and she helped so much with the aches and pains of pregnancy.  She’s specially trained for prenatal massage and really wants to help you feel better.  When I first started going to her I got a great deal- half price massages because she was practicing for class.  She’s so good that I still go to her and happily pay full price. Well, kinda.  While she has her own business, she also practices at a chiropractic center two days a week.  When I see her there they bill my insurance so I only have to pay my copay (with a referral from a chiropractor.)  I get 18 visits a year.  I have them booked monthly all the way to December since she fills up fast.  I know Punkin will be here in November but postpartum massages are important too!  She helps work out the kinks in the shoulders that I get from nursing so much.  Seriously, Bree is amazing.  I just can’t say enough good things about her.  I can’t wait for September to get here for my next one!
2.  No periods
Like most women, I don’t enjoy getting my period.  It’s a pain the butt (or abdomen really.)  I’ve always had very painful, very heavy periods.  So not having to deal with it for 40 weeks is amazing.  I was spoiled with Munchkin because after having her it took a year and a month for it to come back (YAY breastfeeding!)  I was just shy of two full years without one when it came back.  I’m not going to lie, it was awesome.  I’m hoping to go at least that long, or longer with Punkin.
3. Feeling the baby kick and move
I love feeling the kiddo kick and move around inside.  It’s one of the coolest and weirdest things I ever felt.  I love to put my hand or The Man’s hand on my belly and fell her kick.  Once Munchkin was here it was the ONLY thing about being pregnant that I missed.  I would feel what I call “phantom kicks” sometimes, where I swear there was a hand or a foot pressing against my uterus. 
4. Getting a baby
I must say that as much as I love feeling the baby kick, I love that at the end of the misery I get a baby.  A little, teeny, tiny person who is completely dependant on me for everything.  While that’s a little scary it also amazing.  Where 40 weeks ago this person didn’t exist, now they are here, on the outside.  It’s mind blowing to me.  It’s even more amazing that they don’t stop growing and continue to become amazing little people who turn into amazing big people (that’s the goal anyway!)  So even though the process sucks, the outcome is so, so worth it.
I also try to keep in mind that even though I hate being pregnant, there are so many women who have tried so hard and would do almost anything to get pregnant.  Being able to carry and nurture this baby is a privilege and it’s not one I take lightly.  So even though I don’t enjoy it, I’ll do it cause the kiddos are so, so worth it.  What a gift they are!
Many Waters Snuggling Baby Munchkin
If you’ve been pregnant, did you enjoy it?  What were your perks?


  1. I've only been pregnant once, but I was pretty much miserable the entire time: morning sickness for 20 weeks, a hospitalization for severe stomach flu, hideous heartburn, tons of water weight. Ugh! I'm with you though--the adorable baby makes those long months of pain worth it! :)

  2. I hate being pregnant, too. Wasn't hard with my first, but the second two were much harder. My perks are the same as yours, though I didn't get any massages this last time :/ just couldn't afford it. Can't wait to meet Punkin!!

  3. I love all the perks you listed, especially number 4! :) I'm 23 weeks along right now and would have to agree with you, most of pregnancy does suck but getting a precious baby at the end is oh so worth it!

  4. I actually despise being pregnant. And for me, I'm just really small and every time baby moved it hurt. So between debilitating sickness and uncomfortableness and swollen everything and baby limbs bruising organs, I was just happy in the end a baby was produced ;)
    Good on you for thinking positive!

  5. I'm stopping by from the Mommy Monday blog hop! I'm pregnant now and I have to say you hit the nail on the head with these perks!!! The only one I need to do is the prenatal massage. I get one all the time from my son (he is 4 years old) Have a great week! Can't wait to read more ;)

  6. I did a post on this a few months ago. I absolutely loathed being pregnant! But babies are great :D

  7. My first pregnancy was great. I didn't feel anything too bad. It seemed to be all perks. This time it is has been a big harder, but I still love it. I think 6 years has made a difference for how I experience it. Found you on the Mommy Monday Blog Hop.

  8. I'm pregnant right now and I LOVE it! The swollen feet and ankles are not my favorite but that's small potatoes. Now that I'm further along, I feel her moving and it's the coolest thing especially as she gets bigger. Having had a miscarriage last year and considering her our miracle baby. After being told that we had the slightest chance of getting pregnant short of egg donation, I'm grateful that God decided He would naturally give us this child after waiting for what seemed a long time. I am due in December and SO grateful to carry her.


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