I’m officially in the homestretch of my pregnancy. With only 11 days to go until my due date, the idea that he one could arrive at any moment has me feeling somewhere between anxious and extremely excited!! After carrying this squirmy lil baby for over nine months I am more than ready to meet him and finally hold him.
Every pregnancy for each women is so different in so many ways though. Physically, mentally, and emotionally we will all experience these nine (or ten) months in our own way. I personally feel so blessed because I have had such an enjoyable pregnancy. Physically I never had morning sickness, I always had lots of energy and was still hardly showing at 7 months. Mentally I was more than prepared and ready when we started trying. And emotionally I have been cheery and happy without going through many of the extreme hormonal mood swings that normally accompany pregnancy. With so few symptoms, my pregnancy has gone by insanely fast. Sometimes I feel ripped off though….. like I went to bed and woke up 9 months pregnant! Of course I still had plenty of annoying symptoms. I had many days of sore backs and muscle pain. I had to incorporate Tums into my regular diet to aid in brutal heartburn, I had a hard time sleeping some nights, but overall I felt like in the big picture it was quite tolerable….. however time has caught up with me now.
It was like I hit a wall this week at 38 weeks! At 37 weeks and 6 days I was feeling happy, preggo and content and the next day my body decided it was going to unleash the pregnancy wrath on me. I officially understand why at this point in pregnancy so many women are DONE being pregnant. It seemed like overnight I gained 30 pounds, developed insomnia, grew cankles, replaced my bladder with a thimble, unattractively traded my confident stride for a waddle (which I like to refer to as my pregnancy swagger) and lost the ability to get off the couch without rocking back and forth for 5 minutes to gain enough momentum to move.
Not to mention my patience growing very thin with the negative energy some people give out. The pregnancy advice and comments during pregnancy can very quickly take a toll on your happy demeanor. For some strange reason, as soon as I was pregnant strangers started feeling the need to tell me their awful pregnancy problems, horrible labor stories, and parenting woes…… Hey hold on a minute! When did I give off the impression that I wanted to hear that?! When you hear someone got engaged you don’t suddenly feel obligated to tell them all your divorce stories do you?! So why is it any different when someone shares their exciting pregnancy news? Didn’t we all learn the piece of advice “If you don’t have something nice to say…. don’t say anything at all”?!
So my advice to any mommy-to-be’s out there. Don’t pay attention to everyone else’s problems or woes….. because that’s THEIR problems, they don’t have to be yours. Just because Suzy Jane had an awful 72 hour delivery doesn’t mean you won’t be in and out of the hospital in 5 hours. And just because Cindy Lou has a 5 year old that still doesn’t sleep through the night doesn’t mean your 7 week old newborn can’t already be on a great sleeping schedule. And who cares if Maggy Anne’s eight kids were each induced at 10 days overdue…. because your first child might be right on time or even early. What does it matter if Emma Lynn had a brutally painful labor….. maybe you will gracefully lie down on the table only to have rainbows and butterflies fill the room while your child makes it’s painless entry into this magical world. Make your pregnancy your own and try not to get tangled up by stressing and worrying about someone else’s pregnancy.
So how am I going to stay sane these next two weeks?! Well first I’m going to finish my last day of work tomorrow and secondly I’m going to kick back, put up my cabbage patch legs, eat any and all remnants of pregnancy junk food left in my house, hang around the house in my MC hammer sweat pants sans bra, and possibly flip the bird to the next person that tries to tell me “you have NO idea what you are in for….” and I won’t apologize for any of it….. because heck I’m pregnant!
Whats the difference between a nine-month pregnant woman and a model?
~Nothing, if the pregnant womans husband knows whats good for him.