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What do you do to celebrate or enjoy your pregnancy? Do you do prenatal yoga? Maternity photos? Belly casting? Prenatal Massage? Do you buy special clothes? Eat special foods? Do other things?

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I do prenatal yoga each night and my5 boys like to join me. :)  I also take a monthly progression belly pic. When I am really huge I let the kids paint with fingerpaints on my belly and we take pictures of it. I slowdown everythng in my life and spend far more time internalizng and meditating and communicating with my unborn child. I also do olive oil/lavende oil belly masages every night to relieve itchiness, avoid stretch marks and relax me.

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by eating all the time.

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Lots of desserts, unapologetic naps during the day and buying at least 1 new baby carrier  <<----- *mild obsession bag.gif


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We did a belly cast last time. I'm not sure if I'll do it this time.

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by eating all the time.

 

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This time around, it is all about making myself feel more attractive than I did when I was pregnant with DD.  So, i have been splurging on new clothes, new sandals, dresses etc. to make the summer as pretty as possible.  I am also trying to take really good care of myself and do special things like nice toenail polish, bubble baths etc. 

 

I would also like to do a family portrait to celebrate this time of it being just the three of us


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taking naps and letting DP take care of more chores (without feeling too guilty)

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pedicures! woohoo!


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Enjoying my curvy, round self.  Usually I don't much enjoy my body as it is, but I loooooooove being pregnant and round and big-boobed! 


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I LOVE my pregnant body, too. I feel like a real mother goddess; round and fertile.


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I take a belly pic every two weeks and put together a progression.


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by eating all the time.



Yes. This.  Haagen Daaz every day

 

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I LOVE this thread!

 

Honestly, this pregnancy has been such a difficult time for me (I found myself unexpectedly single at 4 months pregnant) that I haven't even thought about this until now, but I am going to start a celebration ritual TONIGHT!

 

Thank you! I needed that.

 

 


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Is being obsessed with being pregnant considered celebrating?  winky.gif

 

One of the things that makes me happiest is talking to my DS1 about his baby brother and then in turn when DS1 brings up DS2 on his own in conversation.  It delights me a ridiculous amount.  Things that I do for *me*...hopefully getting belly pictures taken soon, hopefully going for a massage soon.  I take naps at every opprotunity.  I eat when I should, even if it means stopping for some type of fast food, instead of skipping a meal like I usually would.  I take weekly belly photos.  I blog my pregnancy thoughts and emotions in an online journal.

 

Being pregnant is one of, if not the most amazing things ever.


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I love all these ideas--thanks for sharing them!

So many great suggestions: massage, naps, journaling, pedicures, eating good food, meditating, slowing down.... I'm going to have to try some of them. orngbiggrin.gif

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I got a massage and a pedicure on Saturday... it was lovely. love.gif


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I love my pregnant body too. It feels like the only time it's okay to be round and soft! I celebrate through clothing. I love clothes anyway, but I especially like making new maternity clothes. I'm having my 6th baby (7th pregnancy) and have never had a pedicure or treatment despite saying I would every time. Well, this time I definitely will. And I would love to have a henna painting done on my big belly later in the pregnancy and would love a Blessing Way.

 

I think my best crunchy mama friend will be nearby close to the birth (She lives thousands of mile away from me) and she does the henna painting, so I might get lucky this time!

 

It is so nice to talk about how women celebrate pregnancy, it's beautiful. love.gif


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Wow, you ladies are some very happy pregnant mamas! I love being pregnant, but don't do anything to celebrate it. I hardly even talk about it. No one else is interested in it, so I don't bug anyone about it. I wish it could be all sunshine & lollipops & happiness for me, but it isn't. DH isn't involved at all, and doesn't do anything special for me. It seems silly to celebrate something that is only enjoyed by me.

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Wow, you ladies are some very happy pregnant mamas! I love being pregnant, but don't do anything to celebrate it. I hardly even talk about it. No one else is interested in it, so I don't bug anyone about it. I wish it could be all sunshine & lollipops & happiness for me, but it isn't. DH isn't involved at all, and doesn't do anything special for me. It seems silly to celebrate something that is only enjoyed by me.

Mollie, I am so sorry that you feel the people around you IRL do not share in your excitment. Does it count that I am happy for you? We lost babies last year right around the same time and I remember identifying deeply with your pain and sense of loss. I am so very, very happy that you are now carrying twins!

 

I am not trying to be trite, but maybe you would benefit from some simple kind of celebratory ritual; soaking your feet after work, going for a slow, gentle walk or swim, allowing yourself a few minutes each morning to focus on your little babies and "talk" internally to them, or anything else that seems appealing, really. 

 

I can only imagine how it must be to fell unsupported, and I am sorry. hug2.gif Does your DH know how alone you feel in this?
 

 


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Wow, you ladies are some very happy pregnant mamas! I love being pregnant, but don't do anything to celebrate it. I hardly even talk about it. No one else is interested in it, so I don't bug anyone about it. I wish it could be all sunshine & lollipops & happiness for me, but it isn't. DH isn't involved at all, and doesn't do anything special for me. It seems silly to celebrate something that is only enjoyed by me.


hug2.gifHugs to you, Mama! My partner took off in March and has yet to contact me since, so I understand a little bit about feeling unsupported. And truth be told, I despise being pregnant physically and emotionally speaking, but in trying to accept the reality of where I am and focus on the future joy of being a mama, I thought I'd jump on board the happiness train and just do the actions to celebrate even though I didn't feel like it... I have to say, from experience, that it works. I feel better and even though my external circumstances haven't changed (still broke, still have a crappy car and no health insurance, still no partner in sight, etc...), I'm excited about marking my time in this strange new form in a memorable way because I know it won't last for long... which on some days is more of a comfort than anything. LOL

 


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This is a great thread! I definitely allow myself ice cream daiy. I counted calories constantly while not pregnant so allowing myself to eat what my body wants is a real celebration!

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Mollie, I am so sorry that you feel the people around you IRL do not share in your excitment. Does it count that I am happy for you? We lost babies last year right around the same time and I remember identifying deeply with your pain and sense of loss. I am so very, very happy that you are now carrying twins!

 

I am not trying to be trite, but maybe you would benefit from some simple kind of celebratory ritual; soaking your feet after work, going for a slow, gentle walk or swim, allowing yourself a few minutes each morning to focus on your little babies and "talk" internally to them, or anything else that seems appealing, really. 

 

I can only imagine how it must be to fell unsupported, and I am sorry. hug2.gif Does your DH know how alone you feel in this?
 

 


Thank you, cparkly, for being happy for me! There's so much I'm paranoid over this time, I'm almost scared to do anything joyful. I'm scared to buy anything, to get too attached, or to make anything for them. DH knows how worried I am, but does nothing to help with it. He hasn't even tried feeling them move yet.

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hug2.gifHugs to you, Mama! My partner took off in March and has yet to contact me since, so I understand a little bit about feeling unsupported. And truth be told, I despise being pregnant physically and emotionally speaking, but in trying to accept the reality of where I am and focus on the future joy of being a mama, I thought I'd jump on board the happiness train and just do the actions to celebrate even though I didn't feel like it... I have to say, from experience, that it works. I feel better and even though my external circumstances haven't changed (still broke, still have a crappy car and no health insurance, still no partner in sight, etc...), I'm excited about marking my time in this strange new form in a memorable way because I know it won't last for long... which on some days is more of a comfort than anything. LOL

 


Thank you! I should do something, as it is a special time, but I never did anything with the other kids, so it seems a little weird to me.

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Thank you! I should do something, as it is a special time, but I never did anything with the other kids, so it seems a little weird to me.

 

Weird, schmeird! Just dive in, mama! And get the little ones involved... maybe get them all to finger paint your belly and take pictures!! (Don't forget to share them too!!) Yaaaay!!! (*kermit the frog flailing arms*)
 

 


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 And get the little ones involved... maybe get them all to finger paint your belly and take pictures!!

 


What an awesome idea!!! I think I'm going to do that once I near my due date, and the kids will have a decent sized canvas!

 


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I LOVE my pregnant body, too. I feel like a real mother goddess; round and fertile.


Geez, I wish I could feel this way.  Sadly, I *hate* being pregnant.  I love being a mom and am really excited for the new baby but I just can't stand the prospect of having to still be pregnant for another four months.  And honestly right now the biggest roadblock in my mind to ever having a third someday is the thought that I would have to be pregnant *again* for that to happen.

 

This has even been an easy pregnancy compared to my last; I had lots of MS with DD but haven't thrown up since about 15 weeks this time, which is awesome.  But I just can't stand having to walk around looking pregnant all the time.  I am a very private person and I hate having everyone know all about this aspect of my personal life.  DH is having a baby too but nobody is poking his belly and asking him personal questions.  I also just feel like I look big and sloppy which I also dislike.  All of my maternity clothing is horribly ugly and I don't have the time or inclination to waste money shopping for more.  And I am dreading the thought of having a pouchy belly for months and months postpartum (it took 18 months after DD to get back to my old measurements). 

 

I feel guilty for feeling this way because I know there are lots of women who would just love to be pregnant and are having a hard time getting there.  But it doesn't really change things for me.

 


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