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10 Things I Wish I'd Known About Being Pregnant

The honest-to-goodness truth about these nine months


1. No matter how much you hate it at the time, you will definitely miss it later.

There is a lot to hate about pregnancy—sore boobs, big weight gain, unpredictable puking. But somehow it never seems so bad once baby comes.

2. The last 3 weeks of pregnancy feel longer than the first 8 months.

They should really say pregnancy is 37 weeks plus an eternity. Because once you reach that magical “term” date, every hour that follows feels like another year. If you ever want to slow time down, be a mom in her last few days of pregnancy.

3. Feeling the baby move is emotional. Every single time.

There really is no getting used to the amazing flutter from within every time your baby moves. It’s like she’s saying “hi, mom, we are in this together!” Yeah, toughie. Try not crying about that.

4. No matter how much you gain, you really can lose it. So don’t stress.

I’ve had three pregnancies and gained 55 pounds every time. If I can lose it, so can you. It’s just a matter of discipline and drive. So eat when you are hungry and don’t stress about the scale. You’ll look like yourself again soon. No matter what the doomsayers say.

5. Sex will get both better and worse at times.

Sometimes you’ll look at your husband like he’s a hot fudge sundae with extra whipped cream. And sometimes you’ll think he’s an anchovy sandwich. Both are normal.

6. Everyone will have an opinion about your birth plan.

Want to go all-natural? “You’re crazy.” Want a C-section? “You’re lazy.” Want an epidural? “What are you, too scared to birth a baby?” Ignore them all. Do what you feel and exactly what you need in the moment. No one else knows your body better than you, and no one should be making those decisions but you and your doc.

7. Expect at least one freak-out (Why did we decide to do this? Can we handle this?) per pregnancy. Probably more.

Look, having a baby is a really big deal. If you didn’t have at least one minor breakdown, it would be odd. It’s normal to be scared. But being scared doesn’t mean you aren’t going to rock parenthood.

8. You’ll look back at photos of your pregnant self and think you look beautiful.

It sounds like a cliché to say everything changes once you hold that baby in your arms. But it does. Every time you see a photo, you’ll remember and marvel at your glowing skin and all the love growing inside.

9. You’ll cry at every baby commercial that airs for the entire nine months. Embrace it.

Emotion, thy name is pregnant mom-to-be. Keep tissues handy by the television and let the tears flow. This is what motherhood is all about.

10. Your relationship with your dog is about to majorly change, so give him a lot of love while you can.

Yes, Duke is your baby now, but when baby comes, she will be your baby. This is something you will know within five seconds of having her in your arms. You’ll still love your bark machine, but his days of being Numero Uno in your heart are sadly numbered. He’ll be okay with that, because soon he’ll have a toddler to play with! 

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