25 Reasons to Love Your Pregnancy

25 Reasons to Love your Pregnancy

25 Reasons to Love Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy is such an exciting time in a person’s life, but it can also be really difficult (for some more than others). Morning sickness, round ligament pains, sciatica, little to no sleep, heartburn and more! I hear all of these things and then some quite often from some of my clients. They are sooo ready to meet their baby. And I get it; pregnancy can be long and tough. If you’re expecting and having a particularly hard day, here are 25 serious (and not-so-serious) reasons to remember why you should love your pregnancy.

1. Surprising Your Friends and Family

One of the thrills of being pregnant is being able to plan how you are going to tell your partner, your family and your friends. Surprising them with this exciting news is the best! It’s also fun to be able to surprise them again if you decide to find out the gender. Even if you decide to wait, surprising them after your little one is born is quite a treat. Remember these days when days get tough.

2. Hearing That Heartbeat

There is nothing like hearing your baby’s heart beat for the first time and realizing that you are growing life inside of you. Every time you hear that heartbeat, your heart might flutter or skip a beat because your love is deepening and you are falling more and more in love with your child.

3. Feeling Baby Move For The First Time

Those sweet little movements and flutters that your baby makes will soon be memories that you will cherish forever. I’ve heard many women say that they miss the feeling of their baby moving inside of them. There is nothing closer than that bond between you and your child.

4. Your Hair

Those changing hormones of yours are causing your hair to become thicker, longer and stronger. Pregnancy is the perfect time to experiment with your hair. Grow it out, try a new color or a new style. Pamper yourself! Your hair is gorgeous when you’re preggers!

5. Your Boobs

Your boobs become fuller and (in my opinion) look amazing! Of course, I understand that this is a curse for some and a blessing for others, but seriously, your rack will never look better. Especially once breastfeeding. ha!

6. Getting Pampered

Never again will there be a time when so many people around you are wanting to help. You can cut lines, doors will be opened, people will want to bring you gifts and food, bring you things for the baby, and more! Take advantage of it all and accept all of the help and pampering. Say yes to all of the kind offers that people are making and don’t feel guilty for accepting the help. Remember, this will not last.

7. You Don’t Have To Suck In

A good amount of us normally have to think about sucking in while a picture is being taken or angling yourself to be in a more flattering pose. But when you’re pregnant, you no longer have to worry. You get to rock that bump! All you need to do is put your hands under or around that growing baby belly of yours and viola! All of a sudden that little bump is now considered adorable. Everyone else is hiding their food baby. 😉

8. Your Relationship Grows

This is a major time in your life when you and your partner can really grow in your relationship. You both have created something together that you are now growing inside of you. This little baby is half of you and half of your partner and this baby will forever be a part of your lives! It truly is a miracle. Soak in the love and the excitement. Talk about the things that you are looking forward to as parents and share your feelings about the process with one another. This is when your relationship can really reach new heights!

9. Good Parking Spots

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Not all shopping centers/grocery stores offer these amazing “expecting”parking spots. But when I do see them as I drive by, it makes me smile. I know that those parking spots are making a mama’s day and it saves them a few extra steps on their poor swollen feet. Enjoy these simple luxuries in life while they last.

10. Eating for “Two”

When you’re pregnant, you get the excuse to order a second or an extra scoop. No one will judge you for it. It’s for you and baby. You don’t have to obsess about every pound that you gain. I will say though, don’t go too crazy with the sweets, but do enjoy your increased appetite and not having to feel guilty for it.

11. Blame Things on Pregnancy Brain & Your Hormones

When will there be another time when you can blame things that you’re frustrated with, when your feeling extra emotional or when you’ve forgotten something on your hormones or pregnancy brain? (Which is a real thing by the way.) Probably not until you’re pregnant again, if you decide to get pregnant again…but let’s not go there. Lanie said that is was nice to be able to “blame my crazy rage moments/uncontrollable tears during otherwise lame commercials on hormones.” That comes with the territory of being pregnant. And when you’re still forgetting things after baby is born, you can blame it on mommy brain. 🙂

12. Heightened Senses

All of your senses become much more sensitive and heightened when you’re pregnant. Colors seem brighter, smells are stronger (hopefully your smelling more good things than bad), flavors are richer, and touch is more sensitive. Appreciate and enjoy your new sense of awareness.

13. Spice Up Your Sex Life

When pregnant, some women feel super turned on and sexy and others feel the complete opposite. Both are normal to feel and both are okay. Whenever you do get in the mood though, I will say, sex during pregnancy can be hot! (Literally and figuratively. ha!) Since conventional sex may be uncomfortable with your growing bump, now is the time to spice things up! Get crazy and experiment with different positions and foreplay. You may discover new things that you and your partner can continue to enjoy even after the baby is born.

14. Shopping for Two

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If you love to shop, being pregnant gives you an extra reason to head to the stores! (Or at least online. 😉 ) You are now shopping for two! You have to register for your baby registry, you need to set up the nursery, you want to shop for the items that friends and family won’t give you as well as some of the cute things that you just can’t pass up. Many moms say that they actually have more fun shopping for their kiddos than shopping for themselves so that’s something else to look forward to!

15. Making New Friends

This is a great opportunity to make new friends! Go to a prenatal yoga class, a childbirth class, support groups, etc. Making new friends that are also about to have a little one around the same time as you makes things more fun!

16. Feeling “Clean”

When I asked one mom what she loved about being pregnant, she said, “I loved feeling ‘clean’ because I wasn’t adulterating my body with booze or other bad shit.” This made me laugh out loud and made my day. So enjoy feeling so fresh and so clean!

17. Get Out of a Ticket

Just think, if you ever get pulled over for a ticket while pregnant, you have an easy way to get out of it. Fake that you’re in labor! Obviously, be far enough in your pregnancy to make it believable. And I’m totally kidding. Or am I? 😉

18. Guilt-Free Naps

It’s hard work growing a baby. It really is! Pregnancy takes a toll on your body and it can be exhausting. Wanting to take a nap or two (or four) throughout the day is normal. Be sure to tell your hubby that! So enjoy these guilt free naps! They will be harder to come by when your little one arrives.

19. All the Attention

You will have so many people look at you, want to touch your belly, ask you what you’re having and when you’re due, etc. Some women love the attention that you get when you’re pregnant and some women aren’t as crazy about it (especially the belly touching). It’s good to remind yourself that these people are just trying to share their excitement for you and be a part of it in a small way. So get excited with them! And soon enough all the attention will be shifted to your baby so soak in the glory while it lasts.

20. New Mini-Wardrobe For You

I did mention before that you are shopping for two now. That includes you! It’s fun to be able to shop for some new things for your closet without feeling guilty. You need to find some cute maternity pieces that will make you feel beautiful. And there are ways to find some pieces that won’t break the bank. So shop on, mama!

21. Be Connected

Being pregnant is an incredible feeling. One mom said that she loved how she felt “extremely connected. Connected and at peace with my body, connected with the new life that’s developing, and a new level of connection and deepened love for my husband. Pregnancy just intensifies all of those feelings.” I couldn’t agree more!

22. Naming Your Baby

Naming your little guy or girl is a fun part of the pregnancy process. You have the honor of choosing a name for this little person. This name will forever be a part of his/her identity so look forward to that fun process. If you’ve already gone through the naming process, keep reciting your baby’s name, feel your bump and connect with your child. Recognizing that you are naming a mini you, someone that will be a part of your family tree forever is a humbling thought. You are making history and helping shape the future.

23. It’s Not Easy For Everyone To Get Pregnant

I know that a lot of people say this, but it is true. I personally know and have worked with many different couples that have been trying for years to get pregnant. Some are successful and others aren’t. When they do become pregnant, they celebrate every day, every ache, every step of the process . . . and that is ultimately how we all should feel at the end of the day. Certain days might not be easy, but pregnancy is still a gift. Another mom said, “I loved knowing that as a woman I could carry and grow life; it was empowering.” I agree. I am woman. Hear me roar!

24. This Isn’t Forever

Now this might sound obvious, but I know there are some days when it feels like pregnancy will never end. I promise you though, you won’t be pregnant forever. It may feel like it, but this too shall come to an end and then you will have your baby girl or boy in your arms soon. 🙂

25. Pass On the Love

This reason to love your pregnancy isn’t necessarily a reason, but a reminder to share the joy that you feel. Pass on your excitement and love for your growing child and ask other women what they love/loved about pregnancy. Hopefully this will continue to be passed along and more women will rejoice their pregnancy and remember to love the journey.

About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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I've been asked so many questions by men about fatherhood. So I figured I'd drop some knowledge on my fellow Dads and soon-to-be-Dads. Here's what it looks like for the first few weeks or months after your child is born. Yup. If mom breastfeeds they pretty much are tucked like this and at times you'll wonder "what is there for me to do?" Here are my top 5 tips for any Dad after your child is born.⁠
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1️⃣ For night feedings. When mom wakes up in the middle of the night, you get up and ask if she needs any help or water. The truth is most of the time she will say no but just the fact that you offered will go far.⁠
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2️⃣ Ask mom if she can pump and then pick 1 feeding that you will always do. Mom will take on almost everything and will burn herself out if you let her. At times you may have to force her to rest without worrying about the baby. This is an easy way to do that without a fight.⁠
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3️⃣ Don't put a time limit on how long mom breastfeeds the baby. It's not just about feeding your child it's about them bonding as well. I know everyone has a different length of time they will breastfeed and as a Dad, it's hard to fully understand. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT try and rush this process. It's not our place and it's not safe. You will open yourself up to a fight you can't win.⁠
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4️⃣ Be patient. I know as a Dad the first few weeks we are equally excited and yet not as important. Your time will come faster than you know. Babies grow fast and the stronger and bigger they get the more Daddy Time will be coming your way.⁠
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5️⃣ Paternity leave! If you have it TAKE IT. The early stages of a child's life are not just for moms to enjoy. I know as men making the money especially after having a baby it's hard, but trust me. You can always make money but there are no instant replays in life. It doesn't make you more of a man to not take the leave. It's equally as important that you as a Dad get to be a part of the early development of your child. ⁠
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