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What is your favorite part about being pregnant?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
If you have been pregnant before, what are your favorite parts of pregnancy, if you have not, what do you look forward to?

This is a first time pregnancy for me so I have no idea what to expect, but here are some things I am looking forward to.

1) Resting a plate on my stomach when it gets big enough and eating food off of it.
2) Wearing stretchy, comfortable clothes all the time and not feel guilty for "taking it easy" on my appearance to a degree.
3) Talking to and bonding with my baby through all of his/her development inside my belly. Maybe that's creepy, but I've already started.
4) Finding out the gender.
5) Picking out names.

Those are just a few..please share yours! smile.gif
post #2 of 20

Feeling all the wiggles!!!

The anticipation of a new tiny person and all the prep, setting up baby clothes in their dresser, picking out "special" outfits. Something about it feels magical

Older kids kissing my belly! Last pregnancy, dd gave me hugs and kisses goodnight, and then gave my belly hugs and kisses goodnight :)

post #3 of 20

these are all so great (although we won't be finding out the sex -- we haven't yet).

 

i think my favorite part is when you start feeling the baby move.  it's so magical and it never gets old.  

 

i don't really talk so much (to the baby that is -- not to worry, i talk plenty so s/he'll be hearing me a ton), but i sing ALL THE TIME.  i like the baby getting used to my singing voice since s/he'll be hearing it quite a bit once earthside.  one of the coolest parts for my husband after the birth of our daughter was when he spoke to her for the first time and it instantly calmed her.  i do believe that was the fall in love moment for him, when he realized that she recognized his voice.  

 

i know some people hate this, but i love when people get excited about my expanding belly.  i'm one of those people who just love pregnant women and think they're the most awesome creatures on the planet, so i will always make conversation with a pregnant woman and if i know her well enough, will insist on rubbing her belly (i always ask and am very respectful).  

 

what was really fun during my second pregnancy was how excited and involved our daughter got.  we would always lie together at bedtime and she would want to put her head on my belly (she still does sometimes).  oh, and we read this book a lot.  interested to see how our daughter (and now are son) react to my pregnancy this time around.

 

speaking of names, my husband brought this up tonight.  tossed out a bunch, but none that we really loved.  it's a little tough for us -- we all have monosyllabic names so we prefer to stick with that theme, so that pretty much eliminates 85% of all names.  i said, why not just wait until baby arrives and s/he will let us know what his/her name is.  he didn't like that idea.  :)

post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by samstress View Post

 

i know some people hate this, but i love when people get excited about my expanding belly.

Me too, but I didn't put it in my previous post because I didn't want to sound narcissistic hide.gif I sort of like the attention! With my 2nd, I went grocery shopping in labor (early labor, but active definitely kicked in in the store, I could tell by emotional sign posts in particular, ctx were 2 min apart once we got home and it was a very short drive, and according to dh's amateur estimate, I was 4-5!) and I was DYING for someone to be like, "Oh, so, when are you due?" so I could say "Right NOW, apparently!" and watch them panic and think that a baby was about to drop into my pant's at any moment. Of course, that day of all days, no one felt like chatting me up :P But gosh, surely someone had to have noticed the hugely pregnant woman who closed her eyes, leaned forward holding onto the shopping cart, silently breathing deeply and being very still for about a minute every few minutes? I like to think that someone saw, recognized the signs, and was like, "No...freaking...way..."

post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by LiLStar View Post
 

Me too, but I didn't put it in my previous post because I didn't want to sound narcissistic hide.gif I sort of like the attention! With my 2nd, I went grocery shopping in labor (early labor, but active definitely kicked in in the store, I could tell by emotional sign posts in particular, ctx were 2 min apart once we got home and it was a very short drive, and according to dh's amateur estimate, I was 4-5!) and I was DYING for someone to be like, "Oh, so, when are you due?" so I could say "Right NOW, apparently!" and watch them panic and think that a baby was about to drop into my pant's at any moment. Of course, that day of all days, no one felt like chatting me up :P But gosh, surely someone had to have noticed the hugely pregnant woman who closed her eyes, leaned forward holding onto the shopping cart, silently breathing deeply and being very still for about a minute every few minutes? I like to think that someone saw, recognized the signs, and was like, "No...freaking...way..."

 

well, if i had been in that grocery store i totally would have chatted you up, and offered you a back rub, a ride, some nourishment, etc.  :)

 

i used to love when people would say something like, "wow, you must be due any day now" or something like that and i would say, "no, i've got eight weeks to go."  they would just look at me strangely.  my belly tends to get rather large.  and then during my last pregnancy, i was in a store and the salesperson asked when i was due.  "five days ago."  again, strange looks.

post #6 of 20

My favorite thing is not feeling guilty about asking for oil rubs, foot rubs, back rubs, and all that good attention from my husband. :) He's so sweet about it anytime, but I feel deserving of it while I'm pregnant for some reason.

post #7 of 20

I love feeling the baby, and I like the attn. from random people, too! I'm introverted and normally don't like much attn., but I love waddling around in public w/ a big ole' belly :blush

post #8 of 20

Just daydreaming about finally being a mom after years spent thinking it wasn't in the cards for me.

post #9 of 20
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Just daydreaming about finally being a mom after years spent thinking it wasn't in the cards for me.

 

:heartbeat best answer yet.  

post #10 of 20
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Just daydreaming about finally being a mom after years spent thinking it wasn't in the cards for me.

this, and dreaming about my DH being a dad!

post #11 of 20

I love people asking about the baby.  I love the second trimester energy and the amazing flexibility the relaxin gives me.  I don't really love pregnancy in the first trimester, so I'm definitely excited for the second tri and all the fun that comes with finally showing, feeling better, and starting the planning process for the new little baby joining our family. 

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by samstress View Post

well, if i had been in that grocery store i totally would have chatted you up, and offered you a back rub, a ride, some nourishment, etc.  smile.gif

i used to love when people would say something like, "wow, you must be due any day now" or something like that and i would say, "no, i've got eight weeks to go."  they would just look at me strangely.  my belly tends to get rather large.  and then during my last pregnancy, i was in a store and the salesperson asked when i was due.  "five days ago."  again, strange looks.

Samstress:
I agree- same exact thing here. I had a huge protruding belly last pregnancy. In June at the pool people were saying "oh wow- you're not gonna make it to August". I wanted to scream. Lol......

My abdominal muscles split about 4 inches apart (Diastasis recti) which is fairly common, but mine is pretty severe. Anyway because of that opening and the fact that DS was sunny-side-up, so his legs and knees faced my belly button, we felt the most intense and amazing kicks. My DD who was 5 at the time would lie in front of me and I would cuddle up behind her, and she could feel him kicking her in the back! It was pretty crazy. I didn't realize until after he was born and my belly would NOT go back in, that I had the Diastasis. My doctor said that because mine was so far apart that my insurance might pay to have it fixed, but I knew we wanted another baby. So anyway I am wondering how far the belly will protrude this time! I might see about a support garment.

I sure enjoy the extra TLC from hubby and not having to do as much. The pregnancy wipes me out....so I love being able to nap and not feel like I should be doing something.

Also the pure joy that can never be explained of feeling my baby, that I have yet to meet, moving inside of me. That is the best thing in the world!!

Oh and also nursing!! The bond is the best....it is rough at first but once over the hump I absolutely love it!!!
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Ohh I love all of these answers and it makes me even more excited for everything!! smile.gif
post #14 of 20

The belly.

The pregnancy discussions with those around me (friend/strangers).

The feminine feeling.

Daydreaming of birth.

Preparing for birth.

Anticipation for birth!! LOL!!

post #15 of 20

Hmmm.. there is so much I love about being pregnant, this may be lengthy!

 

I love how my realization of the life growing within me gives me a boost of focus on my priorities and goals in life.  

 

I love paying more attention to my health and nutrition than I usually do (I think I normally put my needs on a back burner, compared to my kids').

 

I love making my prenatal "appointment" chart, and setting up all my midwifery equipment in a handy location.

 

I love keeping up to date on the scientific research, and creating a diet and supplement plan for my individual needs.

 

I love telling the people I love most in the world first, and waiting until others are bold enough to say they have noticed I'm expanding!  :p

 

I love how relaxin makes my joints crack easier.

 

I love eagerly awaiting the first movements from within, and cherishing the closeness I have with my baby.  I believe it is the closest 2 humans can ever be.

 

I love making my own maternity clothes that make me feel lovely and original.

 

I also love singing to my baby, and making music.  (I get to be onstage while pregnant, up until I can't stand it anymore.. this is a first.  I'm really looking forward to that!)  I hope to write a song or two for the baby.

 

I love knowing the baby's position.. I love obsessing over optimal foetal positioning late in pregnancy to assure a LOA- easy birth.

 

I love learning of my baby's gender through dreams, and having that confirmed when he/she is earthside!

 

I love trusting my body and birth.

 

I just plain love being pregnant and having babies.  I know I'm not the only one!  I actually teared up writing this.  This may be my last baby.

post #16 of 20

those are great sadie!  i teared up reading them.  :throb

post #17 of 20

I love hearing all your insights on pregnancy.  While my last pregnancy was a bit scary; I bled from 12 weeks to 30 weeks and leaked amniotic fluid from 20 weeks until delivery and I was on bedrest for 3 of those months, I still loved feeling the baby inside me...talking and singing to her all the time, imagining what birth would be like.  But I was scared to lose her for most of the pregnancy.  My fear took over most of my joy about the whole thing. 

 

This time I look forward to having a really good, positive, healthy pregnancy where I can enjoy all the little things.  I probably won't do it again, so I really want to cherish it.

post #18 of 20

- Baby wiggles! They're so fun to feel.

- Getting a sense for their personality. I began to notice things that tiny.human would do consistently when I was pregnant, and it was interesting to see how that continued after birth. The baby who would wiggle to one particular spot whenever I'd take a hot bath (it felt as though he was at the "top" of my belly, almost to be close to the hot water vs. my spine) still loves, years later, to curl up in a hot bath and to sleep wrapped up in footed pajamas and multiple blankets when I'm sleeping in a t-shirt and thin sheet. tiny loves to be warm.

- All of the tiny changes. I was very young when I had my first, and didn't appreciate it as much as I should have. I have only a few belly photos, and I only rarely wrote in a journal. I'm hoping to chart my pregnancy far more this time, because it's something that I missed. I really wish that I had better documented my first pregnancy.

- Whatever you want to eat (within reason), no calorie guilt, and cravings getting the blame.

- Sorting through baby things, washing and folding cloth diapers, knitting new things (I cast on a newborn sweater when I found out I was pregnant).

- Getting to tell everyone. The initial announcement is so fun, especially for people who have known me for a long time.

- The way my husband looks at me now is wonderful.

post #19 of 20

I love a lot of things about pregnancy.  So far, with this one, I love how much energy I have and how great I feel.  I also like walking around knowing I have a secret that others can't tell yet :)  As the pregnancy progresses, I look forward to feeling the baby move, having a big belly, and the birth.

post #20 of 20

I've had two miscarriages this year, so I haven't been through a full pregnancy, and up until now my pregnancy experiences have been pretty awful honestly.  I am really hoping that getting out of the first trimester eases some of my anxiety and allows me to enjoy everything more.  I'm so looking forward to meeting this baby, after such a long intense process of getting here.  I am looking forward to a happier ending to the experience for me, my partner, and our families since it has been hard for everyone.  I am looking forward to being able to relate to midwifery clients more, and becoming part of the "club" since I've felt on the outside for so long, and in the last year have had a lot of trouble with feeling resentful, which has made it difficult to do my job and enjoy my job.  I can't wait to feel baby move and get a sense of their personality, and I've already been talking to them and dreaming about them, which is so lovely.

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