5 Things I Miss about Being Pregnant
It seems that when you're pregnant, you just can't wait to not be pregnant. You're tired of things like swollen feet, sudden barfing, and the feeling that a bowling ball is bearing down on your privates. In the midst of all of that, aside from the thrill of carrying and bonding with your growing baby in your belly, there are some perks to being pregnant. Of course, I couldn't be happier nor more thankful now that my daughter is here, in our lives, but here are 5 things I actually miss about being pregnant.
That Pregnancy Glow
Ah yes. That pregnancy glow. My hair was shiny and strong and my skin was clear and bright. That extra blood volume was really doing it for me. Do I still have that extra blood-pumped, luminescent skin glow? Not so much. Though sleep-deprivation has my face looking dry like Melba Toast—Melba Toast with a skin—I’m still very much glowing on the inside, having my daughter in my life.
Knowing That I'd Lose the Weight Later
Though I worked out throughout my pregnancy, I found it very easy to indulge in food, and quite often. I did it guilt-free, more or less, because I could chalk it up to “pregnancy cravings” and also knew that I would get militant about fitness and eating right after the baby was born. I still have pregnancy cravings. And I still indulge. But I don’t still have a pregnant belly to camouflage several helpings of creme brûlée in one sitting. Curse you, creme brûlée. You are cunning, delicious and a nightmare for my lactose intolerance.
People Giving Up Seats For Me
I hear that the sight of a pregnant woman softens people. They become more civil, more helpful. When I was pregnant, it would only take two rubs of my belly or one pat of my protruding belly button to get people, several of them, to stand and offer me their seat. Now they just look down or away, hoping that their personal space will not be violated with slobber and baby screams, hoping that I’ll just give up and walk away. I have the last laugh, however, when I don’t walk away, and then my baby poops her pants.
My House Was Always Clean
When I was pregnant, the baby inside my belly could not unroll toilet paper, empty any container within reach, smear banana across the carpet or eat the dirt from the potted plants. But at the same time, she could not snuggle up to me and fall asleep on my chest, lay a wet kiss on my face, or light the world up with her giggle.
Photo Credit: Eric E. Castro
Going 9 months without “riding the cotton pony” really spoiled me. Though you have lots of other gross bodily things to worry about when you’re pregnant, the crimson tide is not one of them. Not only can you wear white trousers, but your husband doesn’t have to make any late night tampon runs. Or, more accurately, his late-night Milk Duds runs will not include tampons.
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