Over the course of the last few weeks, a couple of women I know announced their third pregnancies. Both of these women were pregnant with me, both times, so our kids are all about the same age. When they announced their forthcoming new babes, I expected to feel sad, jealous, or disappointed that I wasn't pregnant with them again.
Actually, what I felt was relief that I wasn't going through that again and pure joy for them. Don't get me wrong, my pregnancies weren't bad, I just don't enjoy being pregnant. I'm grateful for my 2 little boys, and I often wonder who our first baby would have been, but I never wish or feel compelled to do it again. I'm good. 2 is plenty. Hell, sometimes 2 is 1 too many...
I was talking with another pregnant friend this morning about my experience with carrying babies. As she's entering her second trimester, I remember thinking "this is the good part? That's what everyone says but it still kinda sucks." Turns out, the "good part" is just slightly better for me. I have very little torso, so when the baby gets to the third trimester, we're really fighting over who gets the space in there: my lungs and internal organs, or the babe. The baby always wins. I spend the first 10-16 weeks nauseous, the next 20 weeks watching my toes disappear from sight, and the final however-long counting the days until that baby is evicted. I love my babies, but the process to get them here was not awesome.
I decided to make a list of all the things I don't miss about being pregnant. That way, if you are reading this and sad that you aren't going to be pregnant again for one reason or another, you can focus on all the things that suck about pregnancy and cuddle your babies.
I'm not going to miss...
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. I'm not a fan of being pregnant. The whole time, I just end up thinking "there's got to be a better way to do this!"
What do you not miss about pregnancy?
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