Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pregnancy Isn't For Everyone

I have seen numerous posts lately pointing out the negativity of pregnancy and how it's completely undesirable. I thought I might retaliate a bit. 

I'm like a skipping record, repeating the same lines over and over. I LOVE PREGNANCY. It has been an experience that I will never take for granted. For those of us who yearn for it, try without success and have the deepest desires to be a mother, it's a reward. It's something to be cherished and celebrated.

Does pregnancy come with sacrifices? Yes, of course it does.

Is it fun to watch your weight increase significantly over such a short amount of time? Not exactly. It can be challenging, it can make you feel insecure and all out of sorts. But at the same time, the miracle is exactly in the weight gain. It's absolutely fascinating what our bodies can do to accommodate the new life inside of us. Our bodies were designed to bear children and it's beautiful. Plus it takes confidence to adjust to your growing body and own all of the goodness that comes along with being pregnant and no one ever snarls their nose at a strong, beautiful and confident woman! Besides, your body isn't gone forever, what's wrong with setting new goals in life?

When you enjoy an adult beverage or five two it can seem like a punishment not to be able to drink. Especially when you're more of a social drinker and you surround yourself with your friends during pregnancy. It's not exactly a good time to be the DD, the one who has to go to bed early or the one who wakes up the next day feeling like they have a hangover, without having touched a cocktail! Nine months sober, though?! What a relief for your liver! AND you get to act like you're 21 again-eventually. ;)

Insane leg cramps, peeing your pants, sciatic nerve pain, round ligament pain, hip pain, back pain and sleepless nights ALL pale in comparison to the joys of becoming a mother. There's these small annoyances, but you also get endless amounts of attention, catering to and adoration. People carry things for you and they hold doors open for you. Being pregnant has it's perks, don't let people fool you. 

These are all very petty in the grand scheme of things. These silly sacrifices don't even compare to the joy you feel when you finally see two pink lines, when you hear your baby's heartbeat for the first time or the sweet little drum of kicks in your tummy that let you know your baby is growing stronger inside of you.

Pregnancy isn't for everyone. It's a fact that some women have zero interest in it, but that doesn't mean that it's a terrible thing or undesirable. It's fine if you're not interested in being pregnant, but don't try to steal the joy or glow of a pregnant. You will fail. :) Just let us bask in our glory!

I'm TWO days away from being 6 months pregnant...SIX MONTHS ! Maybe that explains my tangent?!

Melissa Loren 


  1. I love this! It was beautifully written and You look so adorable!

  2. I love this too! I'm 25 weeks pregnant right now and wouldn't trade it for the world. However, even though I never have complained ONCE about any of the above things (besides not being able to booze for my maid of honor speech coming up lol), I have written an entire post about just how miserable I was because of morning sickness :( Literally the first 16 weeks were the hardest 16 weeks of my entire life and I wouldn't wish that on ANYONE. I was in and out of the hospital and literally puking 30 times A DAY. To say I enjoyed that is VERY far from the truth :( But would I do it all again for this sweet baby kicking me daily?! Of course. I know I am blessed to have her and know how much of a miracle it is my body is growing her. I enjoy the fact that I am able to have children and thank God every day for what is about to come our way, but to say I enjoy pregnancy is a very far reach unfortunately. But, I continue to thank God every night for the pregnancy (and all the side effects) and I always remember that some women (even a close friend) would take 10 years of being that miserable for a child...I can handle 10 months! :)


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