As I approach the last few weeks of my first pregnancy, I’m astounded at what I’ve learned and what no one really prepares you for as you go through this process. There are some things I’m going to miss and some things I’m ready to have come to an end. I’m looking forward to seeing my toes again, hell, I’m looking forward to touching my toes. I’m also ready to partake in a bottle of my favorite red wine. But there are also some things I’m going to miss. The feeling of baby kicking and moving in my belly and the feeling of him hiccupping will be sorely missed. These are priceless memories that have made pregnancy all the more special.
Hangry Just Got More Interesting
Hangry is a term that my husband has often used to describe my hunger pangs even before I was pregnant. Apparently I get a little frustrated and angry when I haven’t had any food. During pregnancy, I have been Hangry on steroids. I haven’t really had any weird cravings or food aversions, however, I do have this awesome tendency to nonchalantly go from “I could eat” to “I’M STARVING”. And this tends to happen within about 30 minutes of the other. For my husband’s sake, I’m hoping my hangry emotions will subside again after pregnancy.
Maternity clothing has come a long way from the muumuus of the 70’s. Back then, a pregnant woman could throw on a tent that could fit a family of 4 and walk out of the house looking totally presentable. Today, muumuus have been replaced by body hugging styles to show off woman’s changing shape. I’ve found that the best pregnancy clothes are the clothes I loved before – great summer dresses with a little more stretch. They’ll keep you cool while also being totally wearable after baby comes. There is nothing worse than investing in a closet full of clothes that you can’t wear again.
Although I’ve relegated most of my high heel wearing days for special occasions instead of my daily wear during pre pregnancy days. It is still a lot of fun to get dressed up in a pair of heels and show off the belly. After all, I’m pregnant not dead.
Who knew that pants worn up to your bra could be this comfortable. I bought several pairs of tummy covering maternity leggings in my second trimester and wear them often around the house, walking the dog, running errands, etc. As soon as I get home from work, these are my go-to comfy clothes. While my sister was here a few weeks ago, she informed me after I bent over in front of her that my favorite maternity leggings are in fact see through. Turns out, I’ve been mooning the entire neighborhood for months now. Great. I will miss you huge tummy covering pantelones.
Touching the Belly
If you rub my belly I can not grant you three wishes and no one is more disappointed in this fact than I am. People are naturally drawn to the miraculous bellies of pregnant woman. Just be sure the person you’re touching is a) someone you know and b) ok with having their belly rubbed. When you’re first pregnant, it’s a little weird, it starts as “Why are you rubbing my belly fat?” to “Did you feel him kick?” I’ve now reached the phase where my skin has stretched to the point of itchiness. So a little belly rub feels great! Rub on my friend, rub on.
Bellies Come in All Shapes and Sizes
There is so much pressure now about how we’re supposed to look when pregnant. Celebrities seem to go through pregnancy effortlessly and then miraculously bounce back to their pre-pregnancy weight within weeks of delivering their babies. This is just not a reality for most. Today, doctors recommend that you gain between 25-35 lbs. during pregnancy. But regardless of the number on the scale, bellies come in all shapes and sizes, just like women do. Why during pregnancy do complete strangers feel the need to comment on your size and shape? Can you imagine if this happened to non pregnant women? Strangers will inform you of how pregnant they think you are, how big they think your belly is, or the dreaded, “You look like you’re ready to pop.” Believe me, the idea of “popping” has occurred to me and I’ve had nightmares about it for months. So the next time you see a stranger who is clearly pregnant, smile at her and let her go on her way. If you’d like to share something, tell her how beautiful she looks. Especially if her grocery cart is filled with Doritos and ice cream. There is no judging in pregnancy.
If you’re looking for great baby clothes and gifts, check out your favorite local boutiques and gift stores in the Florida Keys. Some of the cutest gifts I’ve received came from local stores with darling baby aquatic themed onesies, outfits and sun hats.