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The BEST things about being pregnant!

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Ladies, lets have a positive post to share some of the good things about being pregnant at different stages (we know there are lots of niggles, pains and grim things to contend with). grin

I'm 13+2 and just hitting a better (but, not perfect) phase.

My best things so far are:

- keeping a very exciting secret (until next week!)
- glossy hair
- hubby doing more stuff around the house
- buying maternity clothes and getting eBay bargains
- the excuse to plan house-projects
- a new focus for exercise
- excitement about starting a family with DH and being 'we three'

...and seeing our baby waving (with finger bones!) at the scan this week!

What about you?

MrsJohnDeere Thu 18-Oct-12 12:09:08

Having an excuse not to put the bins out or lift heavy stuff.

AlphaBeta82 Thu 18-Oct-12 12:10:02

So far this one is acually sticking! I couldn't be happier!! :-D

Msbluesky32 Thu 18-Oct-12 12:10:33

I'm just too excited about seeing our baby at the next scan, the birth can't come quickly enough!

EmpireBiscuit Thu 18-Oct-12 12:17:00

Feeling your little bundle wiggling, kicking and hiccuping away inside you - best thing EVER in the world.

InchyInchy Thu 18-Oct-12 12:19:55

Great idea for a thread, I'm nearly 24 weeks and although I've had my far share of niggles I get excited everytime I feel the baby move. I'm sure I will get tired of kicks at some stage but nothing makes me smile more.

And I completely love buying baby things and decorating the nursery.

Ameliac28 Thu 18-Oct-12 12:23:46

Great thread! I'm 18 weeks and started to feel my baby move more now which I am loving, eating pasta at night not worry about looking bloated the next morning, Hubby giving me massages smile

Soft smooth hair
Being looked after more than usual by dp
Feeling good about my body and enjoying having a bump.
Great boobs.
Telling my ds and dd they're getting a sibling, ds was 16mnths when dd arrived so I never got to tell him really, but they will be 4 and 5.5 when dc3 arrives and they're so excited!
Feeling the baby move is the best thing ever!

snickers251 Thu 18-Oct-12 12:34:29

No more magic knickers! grin

Love my body when pg! So proud of my big bump and what's growing inside

People (particularly old ladies) were really nice to me. I know that some people remain indifferent or just rude, but I was so touched by the number of total strangers who smiled at me, held open doors, offered seats and were generally considerate and lovely.

I felt a bit faint in a shopping centre when I was about 36 weeks - it was very hot and I'd overdone it a bit. A passing lady noticed me leaning against the wall and found me a place to sit, and the nearest cafe gave me a free drink. I tried to pay them when I felt better but they wouldn't accept the money.

People were also lovely to me as a new mum. They lied freely about how well I was looking (ha, 1.5 hrs sleep and unbrushed hair, I looked a total state for at least 3 months and still not a lot better now tbh grin ).

18wksplus Thu 18-Oct-12 12:53:44

The cleavage.

The new clothes (since I wore my other maternity clothes to death with DD1).

Did I mention the cleavage...??

Think that's it. Can you tell this is my second and I'm bored of being pregnant already...?!

Littlesurprise Thu 18-Oct-12 13:05:12

I started a thread like this not long ago... and everyone seemed to take it as 'be really negative, with a but'. :/ sour grapes.

WitchesTit Thu 18-Oct-12 13:10:50

Not having to hold my belly in.

Being gloriously warm instead of shivering at this time of year.

The attention! (Ok it's only from medics but ill take it where I can get it) grin

Great replies! Lovely story drawing!

LittleSurprise - I did worry that would happen, but you've all proved me wrong. grin there's plenty of evidence of the grim bits all over the board!

Witches - not having to hold belly in - looking forward to being able to let it all hang out in the office in a week or so when I've told them.

Can't wait to feel movements....

NAR4 Thu 18-Oct-12 13:30:55

Not having to suck in my mummy tummy, when I am having a fat day.

The excitement of waiting for babies arrival.

issimma Thu 18-Oct-12 13:37:38

A great excuse to look shit and knackered grin.
The kicks and squirms.
The excitement of digging all the baby stuff out and getting ready.
The knowledge that this is probably the last time!

Greypuddle Thu 18-Oct-12 13:37:38

Volunteers at the Olympics and Paralympics bringing a tear to my eye with their kindness and well-wishes. People in general being really lovely and Londoners proving their reputations wrong and leaping to their feet in Tubes (though I rarely travel in the rush hour so it may be different then...). Hmm, this seems to have turned into best things about London! And yes, feeling the kicks and disco dancing.

ExpatMamaToBe Thu 18-Oct-12 13:58:22

All of the above... plus no hangovers!

spandau1980 Thu 18-Oct-12 14:09:16

a baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! smile smile smile

suzyrut Thu 18-Oct-12 14:23:17

guilt free early nights and lie ins!

I finally have an excuse for my fat belly, and get to wear maternity jeans with a stretchy waist.
I have an excuse for everything - want to eat chocolate all day? baby's fault
feeling baby move and seeing her on the scan
telling very excited grandparents-to-be
buying cute baby clothes
getting to see what an idiot everyone else makes of themselves when they're drunk and I'm not

PandaWatch Thu 18-Oct-12 17:38:41

Still relatively early on for me (13+1) but I would say so far:

1. DEFINITELY the boobs! (had gone up two cup sizes by week 8!)
2. Seeing the baby at our first scan
3. How happy everyone has been for us. We expected a lot of "congratulations" but are a bit overwhelmed at just how genuinely excited our family and friends are!

Can't wait to feel the baby move!

MyDaydream Thu 18-Oct-12 17:44:59

31 weeks here and I'm loving the big kicks that make my whole stomach shake and feeling his little bum sticking out of my side as far as it'll go.

halloweeneyqueeney Thu 18-Oct-12 17:48:25

being able to wear tight dresses that show off the belly, rather than frumpy belly skimming ones because you're trying to hold it in

counting down the days until you don't have to actually go to work to get paid grin

The attention

The excuse to say no to things when you don't actually have other plans, but you just wanna sit on the sofa and watch telly

MrsHBaby3 Thu 18-Oct-12 17:53:54

Having pesonal central heating system inside me!
Getting to rub my belly and feel kicks,
Being able to randomly chat to my belly!
Being able to have afternoon naps or eat donuts when I like!

ivanapoo Thu 18-Oct-12 17:56:45

No periods!

No having to suck it in!

Weird feeling of zen like calm!

Being treated like royalty!

Awesome what-is-the-baby-doing-in-there game!

People being excited and happy for you!

I love it.

Boop33 Thu 18-Oct-12 17:57:40

Maternity leave !!! Just started mine and loving itttttttttttttttttttttt!!! :-) xxx

18wksplus Thu 18-Oct-12 18:46:35

Ooh. Moving house/going on holiday and not being expected to carry anything heavier than a handbag (and the toddler when she whinges...!).

Being allowed to eat on a regular basis to ensure good blood sugar levels.

Being able to refuse food you don't like with the explanation that it might trigger MS (despite being almost 22wks and not having had MS for three months now ;) ).

MyDaydream Thu 18-Oct-12 18:49:24

18weeks I did the MS thing early on when presented with a disgusting dinner at FILs.

Hormonalhell Thu 18-Oct-12 18:52:55

Maternity leave yippppppeeeee!!! grin

kellestar Thu 18-Oct-12 19:20:18

comfortable clothes... loving having my maternity yoga bottoms on. Sooooo comfy. Tops that cover my midriff/muffin tops. Wearing DH's big jumpers.

I can't wait until I have a proper bump, at the moment it's just lardy, but I still rub it lovingly.

Nausea... yes there is a positive side to it smile I am using it as a reason not to do alot of things, like emptying bins and bending over to pick things up off the floor [that covers most of the housework] as it might make me puke.

Being able to say Yes, when people say that DD is nearly 2, don't you want another one!

I love having that little secret to start with. Always makes me think of the semisonic song secret smile [though i can't remember most of the lyrics]

Dandelion75 Thu 18-Oct-12 19:26:36

Boobs!
Never worrying about if you look fat in an outfit (I look pregnant in everything)!
Having a free pass from emptying the cat litter tray!
Guilt free Frazzle and Wotsits eating!
Bouncy hair!
DP behaving like my own personal butler (not sure how long it will last...)!
Generally, people being nice to you!

JimbosJetSet Thu 18-Oct-12 19:30:26

When we were trying to conceive for a long time, I'd look at pregnant women and want to be part of that club... It was like they all had a secret and I wanted part of it... I cannot put my finger exactly on what that 'secret' is or how to describe it, but when I finally did fall pregnant I felt very proud and privileged to finally be part of it all! I felt that way for the whole 9 months.

Does that make any sense at all?? blush

apachepony Thu 18-Oct-12 19:42:06

The kicks and twirls definitely.
Guilt free carbs - tried low carb lunch at start & made me sick so bring on the bread and pasta.
My face looks better with a bit of fat on it, and not worrying about my body right now!
Looking forward to maternity leave - think hormones are kicking in cos I felt terrified of the sleepness nights now feeling serene - until the birth I'm sur

storygirl5 Thu 18-Oct-12 19:53:56

It might be slightly painful and terrifying, but I honestly don't think anything beats that 4 am drive to the hospital when you're thinking -this is it! I'm having a(nother) baby! So exciting.

Doraemon Thu 18-Oct-12 20:16:17

Seeing how enthusiastic my boys are about another baby, having some boobs back again, and feeling justified in eating far more than 3 meals a day smile
Oh, and fantasising about all the lovely new slings I could buy....

missingmymarbles Thu 18-Oct-12 20:46:10

Aaww Jimbo I know exactly what you mean! It took us a while too. Even the 2nd time, I wanted in on the 'secret', and then felt proud and privileged when it happened - they're 7 and 14 weeks old nowgrin

besmirchedandbewildered Thu 18-Oct-12 20:52:17

How amazingly fantastically clever and brilliant my body is - I'd never really valued my body before, but there it was, springing into action all of a sudden and doing all this incredible stuff, more or less unbidden, making a person and everything.

And I really noticed when I wasn't pregnant any more how unspecial I felt, even having a lovely scrunchy newborn - people in a busy Sainsburys didn't part like the Red Sea when I didn't have the bump. maybe I should have gone to Waitrose instead

I'll never be pregnant again but I really remember that time fondly smile

Shortbutsosweet Thu 18-Oct-12 21:28:47

Boobs!
No periods for 9 months
Getting a seat on the tube and bus, loved my baby on board badge.
Seeing baby for first time on scan, first movements.
The wonderful reactions from most of my family members when I told them.
Relief that my body finally worked after 5 years of trying to get pregnant.

panicnotanymore Thu 18-Oct-12 21:44:01

Looking and feeling younger, healthier, glossier and well just better really.
People telling me I look the above grin
H being nicer to me
H doing the dog poo patrol, and taking the dogs out when it is dark or rainy (he is paranoid I will fall over)
The little put put put kicks every evening
Being hungry. I have never had a hunger sensation in my life before - I love it! I can finally see the point of food.
Everything really. I am the least maternal person on the planet, and thought pregnancy would be one step worse than death. I have found I enjoy being pregnant, it feels just lovely, and I am beyond excited about being a mum.

Doshusallie Thu 18-Oct-12 21:44:31

I LOVED being pregnant. Everything about it. I bake babies (boys anyway) very well. It,s the getting them out bit I can't do... [ hmm]

nannyl Thu 18-Oct-12 21:47:14

free dentist / prescriptions

having a baby as a result

other than that i cant see the plus points of being pg really

AlreadyScone Thu 18-Oct-12 21:50:11

...am I the only one who instantly (and perhaps selfishly) thought "Mahoosive orgasms?"

I also liked eating what I fancied and blaming cravings, blubbing with impunity at my favourite films, not having a muffin top, fingernails of steel and boobs like a dead heat in a zeppelin race

Is that pregnancy causing that already <makes mental note to not be so nice to dp> I thought hed learnt something new.

No periods is 100% my no1 best thing about being pregnant.

AlreadyScone Thu 18-Oct-12 22:10:59

hee hee State

It might be your DP's special skills... but it is also likely to be the increased er, volume of, that area.

Bollocks, best enjoy it, this is our last dc.

WerewolvesDoTheFandango Thu 18-Oct-12 22:19:03

People being super nice to you!

Seeing how excited my mum and dad are at the thought of their 1st grandchild. I was terrified of telling them (despite being 29, own house, good job, partner of 8 years).

Always getting a seat if you nip round someone's house and there aren't enough chairs!

LoisLame Thu 18-Oct-12 22:26:26

My hair lasting at least 5 days between washes. Was previously a greasy mess 1.5 days after washing.

My 2yo DD looking at the scan pictures of the baby and giving it kisses (and blowing raspberries) on my bump.

xmasevebundle Thu 18-Oct-12 22:34:47

Im very envy of all those with locks!

No periods, eating 5-10 full fat chocolate eclaires--in a row--

Seeing him for the first time and finding out what sex! i did cry like a baby

Reactions of friends and family when I told them.

Wearing comfy clothes all the time and not feeling like a slob for doing so.

DP coming to the 20 week scan with me and finding out the sex. I think it was one of the happiest moments of my life. I'll never forget the look on his face when they told us.

Maternity leave. Wahey!

People being so nice/kind all the time and showing concern about your wellbeing.

Feeling my baby move inside me.

Daydreaming about all the great memories we will build as a family and all the milestones to come.

Not worrying about weight gain. I know it's for a good cause and as long as baby is healthy that's all that matters.

An excuse to go shopping all the time and buy loads of cute things.

Trousersrolled Fri 19-Oct-12 03:56:41

The end result. And the cleavage. Too bad the cleavage doesn't last...

RockabillyKitty Fri 19-Oct-12 07:08:30

Aww I was going to start a thread like this as, at the beginning I sulked about all the things I couldn't do, then around 20-something weeks started to realise it was a privilege and really began to enjoy all the good things, like:
Not having to suck the belly in, in fact - pushing it out to look more PG!
Wearing tight dresses - never been confident before
Hair - not exactly lustrous 'cause I bleach the sh*t out of it, but lasting between washes for days
Getting people to do stuff for me - lift, carry and fetch
The attention generally - I found I wanted to talk about being PG more and more so I appreciate being a talking point!
Maternity clothes - although I stressed at first about wearing "lame" stuff, I actually enjoyed buying it and felt like I'd turned a corner when I bought the first lot (around 16 wks)
And as I got to around the 30 week mark - excuses not to do things & not feeling guilty!
I can't believe I'm about to say it but, all this combined with the kicks - I'll miss being PG!!!!

reastie Fri 19-Oct-12 09:58:22

The only good thing about my pregnancy was that I got DD from it!

ICBINEG Fri 19-Oct-12 10:14:51

I enjoyed looking forward to being a mum and having a baby. Sadly the reality was nowhere near as good as I had hoped. Other than that the best thing about pregnancy is when it stops.

rrreow Fri 19-Oct-12 10:36:09

Am only about 6w at the moment but getting very excited!

Not having to scoop or clean the cat litter!
Good skin
Not having cold feet (still waiting for this to kick in... was great with DC1 though as I'm usually always cold)
Having boobs that can actually properly fill out a top

terilou87 Fri 19-Oct-12 10:36:16

#1 no periods [grin}
#2 comfortable clothes
#3 excuse to eat what ever when ever
#4 excuse to go shopping
loving more than i thought to be honest wink

Zara1984 Fri 19-Oct-12 10:48:02

I mostly loved being pregnant until this past week when I've developed high BP & had bleeding!!! Good points:
- when shit/scary stuff happens and you need to bawl your eyes out, everyone has sympathy and gives you hugs, and gives you cake and brew
- maternity leave!!
- eating anything you like
- getting to buy cute baby clothes
- spending hours imaging what baby looks like and what amazing things PFB will do when he grows up (Nobel Prize, Olympic athlete?) grin

weeblueberry Fri 19-Oct-12 11:07:29

- Not having to do the litter trays or clean out the tortoise.
- Not feeling like I have to suck in my tummy (even though I'm only 11 weeks lol)
- My absolutely lovely and perfect DP who's been nothing but understanding when he spends ages cooking a meal and I look at it as though something vomited on my plate (even though its pretty much always something nice!!)
- No periods for 9 months!
- When my friends invite me out I have a genuine excuse for saying no and staying home to watch True Blood in my PJs!
- Being more emotional. I know this one sounds weird but I was never a teary person, ever. But for some reason now all it takes is a sad song and I start bawling my eyes out. I think this is probably much healthier.
- Being able to come off Weight Watchers!!

MamaMary Fri 19-Oct-12 12:07:04

Wearing elasticated waists every day

Feeling the kicks - second time round and no you never get tired of them!

Great libido and sex with DH - why do hormones go mad??!!

beela Fri 19-Oct-12 12:17:35

Not having to suck in tummy in fact possibly trying to stick it out a bit until bump got big enough to notice

Lovely comfortably maternity trousers.

Feeling special the whole time...

Ooh, all of it. I loved being pregnant. I love being a mother even more though grin

fishcalledwonder Fri 19-Oct-12 12:31:54

Once the puking stopped i loved:

Wearing all the clingy dresses I normally avoid.
Speculating with DH about who baby will look like.
Buying baby clothes and decorating the nursery.
Feeling the baby hiccup.
Seeing how excited my parents were.
Endlessly repacking the hospital bag (which never actually got opened in the hospital!)

Dualta Fri 19-Oct-12 12:33:28

The sense of happy anticipation is wonderful (20 week scan and finding out gender later today!!)

Getting another Squishy Boo Bean baby! Sorry, that's my name for DS2, 12WO. blush

3rdtimelucky73 Fri 19-Oct-12 14:30:23

DP's endless efforts to find me something I can stomach to eat.

Been cared for more than normal.

Looking forward to having a bump to dress and show off!

HaveALittleFaith Fri 19-Oct-12 14:43:57

Now that I'm 13 weeks - going public! How everyone seems so excited for us! Showing people the pictures. Telling random people just because you can. Getting mushy at teeny tiny clothes in the shops! Now that my MS has nearly passed, people telling me I look well and blooming! smile

WongaDotMom Fri 19-Oct-12 14:50:36

free prescriptions and dental treatment
not having to carry heavy stuff (apart from oneself) smile

soontobemumofthree Fri 19-Oct-12 15:01:15

- people (sometimes complete strangers) wishing you and baby the best of luck and unprovoked kindness
- feeling the movements
- looking forward to the baby!
- elasticated trousers (ok so I'm prob on my own on this, but I really love my stretchy high waisted trousers)

soontobemumofthree Fri 19-Oct-12 15:04:07

I'm not on my own! just read a few of posts above and found some fellow stretchy trouser fans!

Zara1984 Fri 19-Oct-12 15:07:24

YY to elasticated pants....

3rdtimelucky73 Fri 19-Oct-12 15:08:51

I'm off to get some sweat pants/maternity pants today - I just don't have anything to be comfy in the evenings. My gym kit is tight and intended for getting hot and sweaty in!

*pants in the northern sense (not that I am!)

EarnestDullard Fri 19-Oct-12 17:51:40

Baby hiccups.
Having a bump rather than a pot belly/muffin top.
Looking at all the lovely tiny baby clothes in the shops.
Having complete strangers talk to me, wish me luck and be generally lovely (particularly in the last couple of weeks of pregnancy when I was frighteningly massive).
And... getting a squishy newborn at the end of it!

Limpit80 Fri 19-Oct-12 18:15:36

How kind lots of people have been, whether its asking how I am, giving up their seat, carrying something for me or giving presents to the baby, people have been lovely and it means a lot as my familiy are miles away.

Our family's reaction when we told them.

Being warm all the time!

Buying baby stuff.

Feeling like a superwoman - Im growing a LIFE!

breathedeeply Fri 19-Oct-12 18:34:27

Being part of a community of pregnant women. Meeting complete strangers at the ante-natal clinic, with whom I had very little in common, but somehow being pregnant transcended everything. We followed each other's pregnancies in minute detail and carried on meeting up after the birth.
Then there were the tv programmes (mostly on Discovery Health) that followed women through their pregnancies. I found them endlessly fascinating. Another programme followed women undergoing IVF, and I found myself sobbing with joy whenever one of them achieved a longed for delivery of a newborn (I never normally cry at tv programmes).

Havingnomorekids Fri 19-Oct-12 19:46:17

Lovely thread, brings back all the good memories smile

My hair was fab! It was a new experience having such luscious locks that were no longer greasy. Also my skin was lovely.
Being able to sleep. Little naps here and there.
Shopping for baby stuff and planning and doing his room up for him
Seeing him grow scan by scan (I had GD so had lots of scans from 26 weeks+ which was very comforting)
Showing off the huge belly and finding tops that showed it off
Hubby waiting on me, bringing me bacon butties, a brew and a newspaper/magazine.

JazzyTheSnowman Fri 19-Oct-12 22:06:00

My hair looking gorgeous
The tits
Barely any morning sickness
The tits
Having people look at me like I'm Mother Earth and they are blessed to be in my presence
The tits
The look on my mothers face when, after 6 generations of the women in my family going girl-girl-boy, we found out I was having a boy on the first try
The tits
The sex
The tits
Having anyone and everyone go "Oh no no no, you sit down, we'll do <completely boring task I had no intention of doing anyway>!"
The tits

Oh, and the look on the poor blokes face.
This bloke decided to rather crudely check out my rear end, and when I turned around to tell him off he clocked the bump. Cue bright red face, stammering and all sorts. I told him it was fine and I was flattered, and went to leave, to which he then muttered to his mates "know what though? I still would..."

Still makes me chuckle to this day!

defineme Fri 19-Oct-12 22:13:13

Never thinking about what to wear-had about a week's worth of maternity stuff so no worries.
Never feeling fat-I was pregnant not fat.
My hair is fab in photos-never really realised at the time.

With the twins I felt like a miracle.

duchesse Fri 19-Oct-12 22:54:57

Best thing about for me is the benefits to my body: my usually extremely sensitive scalp is no longer sensitive, I am never cold (unlike usually), everything works more efficiently, I have these weird pregnancy cravings for things like ice (in 3 of my viable 4 pregnancies) which mean I finish pregnancy lighter than when I started (5 kg lighter for the last, subsequently all regained sad ), full of energy (unlike usually), loads of hair (hair usually pretty thin). I could go on but I won't.

CheerfulYank Sat 20-Oct-12 04:47:22

DH will run out to the shop at any time for whatever I want. smile

PixelCarrier Sat 20-Oct-12 07:13:21

Feeling my baby kicking. grin

Queenofsiburbia Sat 20-Oct-12 07:23:51

The kicks & wriggles (& especially hiccups) from tummy. Love it when I see my tummy moving of its own accord!

Spots cleared up (although chloasma slightly ruined that pleasure)

Moving house at 8 & half months means all I have to deal with is contents of my wardrobe grin

Polipencoch Sat 20-Oct-12 11:52:17

The relief when I started feeling good at the beginning of 2nd trimester - from then on mostly all good, especially

Having a bump full of baby and loving the elastic waisted jeans

The wiggling from within - especially when DH sees/ feels it as well

Not exactly loving it all, but somehow getting through (in a calm way) the last weeks which seem to be in hospital (placenta praevia)- but counting my blessings that I am still feeling well, able to eat, walk around, knit and waste time on the internet! And friends keep coming to visit.

Pretty happy really... so looking forward to meeting baby (no. 1) but do think I might miss my bump and the wriggling.

Queenofsiburbia Sat 20-Oct-12 12:06:57

Oh and puppy falling asleep with his chin on my bump.

That's just happened smile

eachpeach11 Sat 20-Oct-12 12:38:52

For me weight loss. Always seem to end pregnancy lighter than at the start. And new baby of course.

chocolatecheesecake Sat 20-Oct-12 17:33:55

Warm feet

Thicker, less greasy hair

Fewer spots

Long strong fingernails

Having a baby (and maternity leave!) to look forward to

Free first class upgrade on the train (commuter)

Whatiswitnit Sat 20-Oct-12 21:23:05

Laying down on the sofa or in bed or the bath and just enjoying feeling the baby moving and knowing that you're not on your own smile It's a very special feeling having your baby in your belly before you have to share them with others!

expansivegirth Sat 20-Oct-12 23:17:31

Attention
Hair like a sixteen year old
Happy glow
An all encompassing feeling of contentment
Relishing the luxury of sleep
Enjoying every craving
The thrill of being in the middle of a long held dream
The extraordinary feeling of having people in my belly
Feeling like I was a hugging an incredible miraculous secret
People offering seats up on buses

Passmethecrisps Sat 20-Oct-12 23:35:00

This is lovely an has made me a bit teary.

Ok, my hair is thick and looks fab
My skin is better than it has ever been
I NEVER feel fat anymore
People smile at me

Most of all I just feel an odd sense of wellness and contentment. I feel like my actual body is happy. Hard to explain.

soontobemumofthree Sun 21-Oct-12 15:55:44

Thanks growyourown77 for the thread. I'm 41 weeks and again today people ask me when my due date is and, keep giving me a pained look when I tell them this, saying I must "want the baby out by now" "errgh you must be fed up". I have read this thread every day the last 3 days and made me feel better each time.

Of course I want the baby, but nice to appreciate how lucky I am to be pregnant and the positive aspects. Our bodies are doing an amazing thing.

DH kissing my belly, always melts me.
Great circulation, usually my fingers and toes lose circulation regularly but they've been warm for months on end now.
never bored or lonely sitting with my hands on my belly and enjoying the wriggles.
feeling special.
i know i shall miss my bump when it's gone

NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 21-Oct-12 19:25:09

Alert to the MN christmas appeal go on feel all warm and fuzzy

ImogensMumJess Sun 21-Oct-12 20:02:54

I loved feeling so special and privileged that something was growing in me. I loved the interest that others had, the questions and I loved being able to stroke my bump and talk to the mini me in there.
I loved mid morning snacking, early nights and not having to put the bins out!
I loved looking at apps and reading books about the progress that the baby had made that week. I loved that every week was a week closer to meeting the bump!

I really just loved being pregnant!!

Glad it's helped soontobe and I'm sure your little one will come along soon and you'll have all those lovely cuddles to enjoy.

My skin seems to have improved this week, so I'll add that one on too!

mcsquared Mon 22-Oct-12 15:21:36

Seeing my husband in a whole new light, he has been amazing during my pregnancy. I love how he tells me I'm beautiful even though I'm clearly a sweaty, hairy beached whale!

I got moved to the front of the queue at a wedding buffet. blush

tallulahbelle1975 Mon 22-Oct-12 21:03:28

I just want to thank you for starting this thread! I came on here as I am 6 wks and feeling completely crap, total opposite to my first pregnancy. Instead of finding someone to moan with, you have all just reminded me of the wonderful parts to being pregnant and that this bit won't last forever smile

Fantastic tallulahbelle, that's just what its for...

....fingers crossed your ms doesn't last too long. I survived on sprite, crusty bread, satsumas and melon!

halloweeneyqueeney Wed 24-Oct-12 16:36:36

okay waking up in the night screaming due to leg cramps isn't exactly the BEST thing about pregnancy.. but it is pretty hilarious (once the cramp goes) to watch your DH jump up every time you say "OWWW" in the night because he thinks you're in labour! grin

thegirlinthesassyspace Fri 26-Oct-12 17:01:13

i also survived on satsumas! literally 8-10 a day kept me feeling satisfied!
Good things about p.g for me are:

1. my sister being really nice to me even though we weren't always close b4
2. mum being speechless and displaying a never-before-seen enthusiasm: can't wait for her to meet the babies
3. maternity leave
4. afternoon naps :-)
5. sex DREAMS - makes up for dh working long hours and not seeing much of him during mat leave
6. getting to know my neighbours who can't stop commenting on my massive bump "OI! Aint it abaaaat time you 'ad that bay-by!"
7. loads of other things

I am going to start a positive list by my bedside,as this really helps you appreciate the good stuff. Believe me I spend most of my days grumbling and worrying !!

due today and i can't remember why we decided this was a good idea

I'm joking.

-How generous everyone suddenly becomes
-How excited my family and friends are
-Seeing the look on my great nanny's face when she tells people that she will be a great great grandparent
-A great excuse to look shit all the time ;)

OH, and the best one- LEAVING MY SHIT JOB FOR A YEAR grin

TwitchyTail Thu 08-Nov-12 16:22:15

People feeling obliged to be nice to me, because no-one is brave enough to cross a pregnant woman.

Ready excuse to get out of doing stuff I don't want to, eg cleaning cat litter tray (haven't told husband that exclusively indoor cats are at no risk for toxo).

Getting the last chocolate/piece of cake ("the baby wants it").

Looking at cute yet abjectly pointless baby stuff like fur-lined booties.

Prospect of 9 month holiday maternity leave! grin

TwitchyTail Thu 08-Nov-12 16:23:35

Oh, and whenever I see a tantrum-ing screeching baby, being grateful mine is still safely tucked up in utero where no-one can hear him scream grin

Is that weird?

Oh and...
-No periods
-Putting weight on (was previously on the skinny side, which was fine by me because its normal for me, but constantly being told "your too skinny" used to bug the hell out of me!!)
-being given chairs even when it meant people had to stand up grin
-people saying "no no you sit down i'll take control of everything!!"- this was GREAT when I moved house at 30 weeks

Kelerina Sun 06-Jan-13 13:14:40

Bump!

Thought i'd renew a happy thread!

Going to pregnancy yoga and chatting with fellow preggos
Getting to be selfish and saying no more
Bump taking attention away from massive thighs and bum!?
Rubbing my tummy
No hangovers!!!
Maternity leave!

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