6 Things You’ll Appreciate About NOT Being Pregnant
Some women hate it, some women love it, and some women are like me – who are so-so about it and find it a means to an ends.
You see, my take on pregnancy has been: I know my body is going to change and I know there are going to be aches and pains. I know people are going to have opinions and I know I’m going to have to change some habits during these 10 months of my life.
Overall, though, I’ve been very lucky to have a relatively smooth-sailing, “normal” pregnancy. But it’s a means to an ends for me. As long as I can remember, I’ve known I want to be a Mom and this is how I get there. It’s all for the little guy I’m growing inside me!
That said, there are plenty of things you start to appreciate a lot more while you’re pregnant. Things that you never quite appreciated much before, being not pregnant. Outside of the more common pregnancy symptoms, many of these are a little snarky (and other are TMI), they are all 110% true.
1. Rolling over without pain
It may be my Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, but I can’t remember the last time I rolled over while laying on the couch, in the middle of the night in bed, or turning over in general, where I didn’t feel massive hip and pelvic pain.
Rolling over blissfully staying asleep in the middle of the night? Ahh, them’s were the days!
2. Taking a good poo
Oh hemorrhoids! How you make me long for the days when I didn’t have to worry about pooping and now I appreciate every single good one.
With so many body/hormonal changes and the sheer amount of pressure/weight on your bowels, taking a good poo is a thing of the past. (Sorry, bum.)
3. Sitting in one spot for a long time
I used to be able to sit and work for hours from one spot. While this isn’t likely ideal, I could do it.
Now, I have to move around every hour or two – which is fine – but getting comfy in said new spot? That, my friends, is absolutely a thing of the past!
4. Pregnancy brain
I imagine that I currently feel like people who have ADD. (Oh my goodness, I feel terrible for you!) My mind is constantly swirling – so I’m constantly distracted – and I’m thinking about 100 things at one time. In fact, I’m thinking about so many things at once that I can’t even follow my own thought patterns!
5. A glass of wine at dinner
I know, this one’s obvious. But now, in my 38th (almost 39th) week of pregnancy, I’m definitely counting the days for my favorite glass of vino. It’s nice to be able to enjoy your favorite cocktail or glass of wine with friends and family (or even after a long day!)
(Sidenote: while I’m not against having a small amount of wine during pregnancy, when I did try a sip earlier in my third trimester, my pregnancy hormones hated it. It tasted like I had taken a shot and it was a sad, sad day.)
6. Going for a pain-free, non-winded walk
I used to be able to walk my dog around the block without having so much crotch pain that I thought I was going to cry…or feeling so exhausted that I’ve been legitimately concerned I wasn’t going to be able to make it home. Post-pregnancy? I’m appreciating those walks a helluva lot more!
BONUS: You WILL miss the bundle of joy
As a self-declared optimist, I have to end on a positive. And, though my little bundle of joy isn’t here quite yet, he will be within a matter of weeks (or even days!) at the writing of this post.
When you haven’t been pregnant, you certainly don’t get to experience the little wiggles and kicks (they are sweet, even when you get a quick kung fu move to the vagina at 3am) and you don’t get to see your eyes or nose on a little person’s face who. you. made. That makes it all worth it, right?
What did/do you miss during pregnancy that your non-pregnant self didn’t appreciate?