Baby Bump Bliss: The True Joys of Pregnancy
So far in my pregnancy diaries, I've shared a lot of the frustrating or funny things that happen with pregnancy—like excessive gas or selfish people on the subway. But don't be alarmed there is good stuff, too! No, this isn't the "best I've ever felt" and I don't see myself as "glowing" but there are few things cooler than feeling your baby kick for the first time. The faint fluttering inside a barely-there belly or the sudden appearance of a tiny arm, elbowing it's way across your bump, shark-fin styles is such a thrill.
Month 1: A sweet surprise; Month 2: A quick getaway (for work of course!)
The first time I felt movement I was just over 12 weeks, which is extremely early to feel anything. Part of it has to do with your size and how in tune you are with your body to begin with. Let's just say we're like this.
I felt a slight stirring that was different from gas or anything else. It was a definitive movement that only lasted a few seconds and then disappeared. I mentioned this to my naturopath who flat out told me it wasn't the baby and that if it was, it would feel more like a twinge or a butterfly. Well, she was wrong because the movements continued and now that I'm 7 months and feel the wee one kicking all the time, it is the same type of sensation.
Month 3: One more getaway (aka do it while you can still wear a bikini without shame); Month 4: The bump begins to appear
I've felt the bulge of a small bum pushing at the surface, a pointy little elbow and a bony little vertebrae. Sometimes it's a jab to the ribs or my child's favourite, a stomp on the bladder all reminding me of the tiny person inside who, for the record, likes the chocolate croissants and Americano's that are my daily vices. Thank you very much!
Last week Alex and I attended our first prenatal class where we were told: "If you wouldn't feed it to your newborn, why eat it when you're pregnant?" Mainly the instructor was referencing alcohol and caffeine but using the same rationale you also wouldn't feed your newborn steak or chicken, would you? Shouldn't I be on breast milk and formula then? Shudders.
Baby Month 5: My sweet alien looking child. What is it about ultrasound photos that make babies look absolutely terrifying? Month 6: A definite bulge not do be confused with a heavy lunch.
My little bean is most active at night when I'm trying to sleep. The usual routine: pokes coming from both the left and the right, in combination with what feels like fingers strumming and then occasional dancing particularly on whatever side I'm lying on. His favourite move, is a karate kick to the ribs. Sweet dreams, Mommy. Hiyaaah!
Month 7: I can finally flaunt the goods; Month *almost* 8: The load is getting heavy!
I have two months to go. I am fatter by the minute. The nursery is not ready and there are endless supplies left to buy. But for now, I'm enjoying feeling my little baby grow and knowing that in a matter of weeks I'll be able to see that sweet little face and count all of his fingers and toes.
Moms, what did you love most about being pregnant?
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My head is officially swelling. Wow you guys are good for my ego! Thank you so much. I'll try to remember this next time I can't get out of the car without a push from behind, LOL!
You really do wear being pregnant well and I like that you're embracing it because it is a special time in women's lives. I enjoy reading your stories and the way you've documented your experience. It'll come in handy too when you're ready for baby number 2 :).
I really think there will never be the "perfect" time to have a baby. There will always be a reason not to. In a few years we'll have more money, a bigger house, be more mature, etc. My husband and I aren't planning to have any kids just yet but we are born-again Christians and believe it's not entirely in our hands anyway. No matter what precautions we take, if we're meant to have a child now, we will! Like I said, it's not the time yet but I am very excited for when that time does come! We will be thrilled!
@Becky (and anyone else, for that matter) - I think there are very few people out there who are really and truly READY to have children. You can love other people's kids to death, but reproducing your own offspring that you're responsible for 24/7 is another thing entirely! I definitely wasn't "ready" when I first held the blue stick.
Ali, you *are* glowing!!! You look just radiant :) You probably can't see it, 'cuz you see yourself everyday, but trust me you are! You're almost 8mo preggers and you still look so tiny, and so FIT and healthy!! I've had pregnant friends and they've all experienced water retention, bloating, etc. How is that working for you?
Ali you are such a beautiful lady!
Thanks Guys! Yes, this is the fun part :) I've also noticed people are kinder to me. I get smiles from strangers and people move over for me on the sidewalk.
I agree with your points, Ali! Feeling Baby move inside is a powerful experience - very organic and Mother Earthy and all that good stuff. My babies preferred to tuck their feet up under my ribs and pretty much left my bladder alone. In fact, I didn't really understand the need to pee constantly because I never suffered from that.
I'm so happy for you! Thanks a lot for sharing this. I don't have kids yet but I do plan to so this article gives me a good insight of things to expect.
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