There are some things that are just not politically correct. I’m usually someone who tries to be PC, but there are times when it just gets in the way. I think the biggest non-PC thing that you can say about pregnancy is that you don’t enjoy being pregnant.
In the interest of honesty, I think that people should be able to say how they really feel – even if that means saying something that’s taboo.
Well friends, I don’t enjoy being pregnant. *Gasp!* You don’t??!!
No, I don’t.
My pregnancy started with 24/7 nausea and dry heaving from weeks 5 through 14. During that time, I was barely able to eat or drink anything, which caused a 5-lb weight loss. While I normally don’t complain about weight loss, I could have lost more by eating healthy, working out and not heaving into my toilet for weeks on end (not to mention I would have been a heck of a lot less miserable).
While family, friends and acquaintances meant well, it did not help to field their “can’t-fail” suggestions for nausea relief (all of which I had already tried), that they never knew anyone whose nausea lasted all day, or that so-and-so was just going to suck it up and deal instead of taking a prescription for their morning sickness. My morning sickness was so constant and all-consuming that I was forced to withdraw from my graduate classes and, therefore, leave my job as a graduate assistant. Clearly if I could just suck it up and deal with it, I would have. After all of the natural nausea remedies failed, my doctor tried a few different anti-nausea prescriptions for me. We didn’t find one that worked until my misery was nearly over as I entered my second trimester.
My second trimester was a welcome change to the misery of my first trimester; but things aren’t always peachy. I get back pain, butt cramps if I sit too long, swollen calves and ankles, Braxton Hicks contractions, vertigo, nosebleeds, a leaky bladder if my son kicks at it (which he seems to enjoy doing), and general aches and pains. I’m generally more energetic, but there are days like today when I am struck with such exhaustion that I end up being a couch potato all day.
I’m a little scared about what the third trimester will bring in just a few short weeks.
So, no, I don’t enjoy being pregnant. But that is not to say, by any means, that I am not grateful for our little blessing. That is a completely different story!
As someone who was told just a month before conception that she would have a difficult time conceiving, I am eternally grateful and thankful. I just can’t wait for the little guy to get here so I can reclaim my body. And have an intense workout at the gym! Oh how I miss the gym…
Women should be able to say how they really feel about pregnancy. If you don’t like being pregnant, it doesn’t make you less motherly. Sometimes pregnancy is difficult. It’s okay to admit it.