While no one can argue, pregnancy is a necessary evil with a (hopefully) positive end, it doesn’t stop me wanting my husband to carry the next baby. Pregnancy has made me realize how much I took for granted in those pre-pregnancy days. Here are a few things I wish I’d savored more before they were gone, girl.
Savoring a delicious cup of coffee without guilt, paranoia or heart palpitations
Eating more than one tuna sandwich a week
Eating deli meat with reckless abandon
Imbibing with that sweet grape elixir that makes everything just a little more tolerable.
Drinking all the herbal tea I could get my hands on for anything that ails me
Not vomiting regularly
Wearing something other than a bathrobe
Being able to walk upstairs or through the grocery store without feeling like a 90 year old asthmatic
Smelling ordinary things like banana peels without running to the bathroom and obsessively needing to take out the trash
Hormonal balance, i.e. not wanting to push my husband off the balcony because he’s using a soap that has a smell I suddenly can’t stand.
Sleeping without a pile of strategically placed pillows and without waking up to pee every hour.
Being able to wear normal pants and bras without sewing extensions in everything
Riding roller coasters
Being free of leg cramps
Living without sea bands, spearmint gum and bags of nuts in the pockets of all my hoodies
Never burping so loudly and constantly I can be heard in Afghanistan
Living heartburn free
Having energy to work or make social plans or load the dishwasher
Driving without feeling that I might collapse at the wheel from lightheadedness
Having to be responsible for only my own health and body
Going to the doctor once every 3 years instead of once every 3 weeks
Sitting down and standing up with ease and effervescence
Eating ice cream knowing it might stick to my thighs but wouldn’t travel through my placenta to my unborn baby who now may be addicted to chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream which I later realized I shouldn’t have eaten in the first place because of the raw egg in it.
Now I’ll half glass full it. Here are a few things about pregnancy that are a-ok:
Getting to moan to my friends and get their sympathy about my pregnancy aches and pains.
Creating a life that is part me, part my patient husband and part unique individual that I can’t wait to get to know is the best part of all.