What I Love About Pregnancy

38 weeks/9 months

While wrapping up an interview with a psychologist for a pregnancy related article I’m writing, I kept coming back to her advice, “Just like a good wife never complains about her husband, a good mother never complains about her pregnancy.”

I’ve often heard that saying in regards to husbands, it’s one I subscribe to, but I’ve never heard it applied to pregnancy before.

With my pregnancy nearing the end and this unique opportunity to chronicle so many aspects of pregnancy, I can’t get her words out of my head.

I think back to the posts I’ve written and the way I’ve captured pregnancy and I hope that while honest and humorous, it’s also been positive.

There are only so many times a woman is pregnant in a lifetime and it seems cavalier, even detrimental to spend it complaining.

While some may find it arguable, I think it true, a good mother never complains about her pregnancy. Not because it’s easy or she’s being inauthentic, but because like with a marriage, what good comes from it?

The thing is pregnancy is finite. Not even a year in the long span of years we call a life.

Sure, this is the hard part. At 37 weeks, it’s uncomfortable, it’s mentally tough, physically excruciating at times but then, before I realize, the miracle will be over and there is nothing like the miracle of pregnancy.

I am truly grateful to be pregnant. I will miss this belly.

There are a limited number of times a mother feels her baby kick. There are a limited number of times a mother watches her body grow a baby. There are a limited number of times a mother gets to hold her new infant for the first time. These are the moments I want to remember.

All I’ve wanted to do is focus on the things I like about pregnancy. I’ve been afraid to openly say, “I love pregnancy” because I care too much what people think of me. “She’s annoying.” “She’s naive.” “She’s hormonal.” “She’s not being real.” “Her pregnancies are easy”…etc. But I don’t care anymore.

I am a woman who loves pregnancy.

For me, pregnancy is the grandest example of the body’s amazing capacity to grow life and the soul’s ability to love someone without ever meeting.

While this may be the last time I am pregnant, I hope that it is not. Regardless of what happens in the future, I want it written, documented, remembered, the things I love about pregnancy:

Baby kicks. The feeling of a life, a being, a healthy little babe inside of me is something I wish I could box up and save for the rainiest of days. It cannot be recreated and it is hard to conjure when pregnancy is over, but it is the most incredible sensation.

A constant companion. I love the fact that where ever I go, she goes. She’s with me day and night, sharing secret indulgences, silent tears, and sweet movements. To carry her is to love her.

Talking baby. I love discussing the new addition with family, friends, and even strangers. I love discussing how excited we are to meet her and hearing thoughtful congratulations. Babies are to be celebrated and the best way I know how is to talk about how much we already love her.

My husband falling in love with our baby. His worries indicate just how much he already loves our daughter. He’s protective and thoughtful. There are few things more beautiful than a man loving his children.

Envisioning our future family. I am hopeful when I think of our future. I look forward to the noise and chaos of multiple children. I welcome milestones and find fulfillment in the thought of trying to raise happy, helpful, compassionate children.

Picturing my daughters together. I find so much joy in at the thought of my daughters loving each other. Their shared kisses and toys and secrets is one of the things I look forward to the most.

As I’ve focused more on the things I like about pregnancy, I’ve realized how much their really is to love about it.

Image: My 37 week, full term belly

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  1. by Lori

    On January 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I wholeheartedly agree!

  2. by anyanwu vivian

    On January 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I want get pregnancy

  3. by Leah

    On January 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I too love pregnancy. I love carrying life, getting a huge belly, loving totally and completely and selflessly. I love looking at my son now and thinking, “it was YOU all along?! You were the one kicking and dancing and making me laugh! You were the one I cried about and smiled about and dreamed about! It was you! I am so glad.” This alone makes me want to be pregnant about a zillion more times!

  4. by Wendy @ New Moms Talk

    On January 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    What do I love about pregnancy?

    *Learning the personality of my child within.

    *Being in awe of what my body can do. (As my husband said to me, “Now do you understand why I see pregnant women as goddesses? Your body does amazing things!”)

    *Quiet moments alone with my child.

    *Understanding more of who I am, what I believe, etc.

  5. by Omi

    On February 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

    The Most cherished time in my life! God has given me 5 Beautiful children, 13 going on 14 grandchildren! At age 54, I would give most anything to have a chance to have One more! I loved every bit of Pregnancy!

  6. by Aisha

    On May 2, 2013 at 10:59 am

    While I applaud you all for your positive outlook, and determination embrace every second of the beauty of growing a life, not everyone shares your experience. My pregnancy was hard-won. I’ve gone through multiple miscarriages, surgery just to be able to carry a baby, and quite a few very painful and invasive procedures to get pregnant. Imagine my dismay when after all of that I’ve been sick all day every day month after month after month. Now I’m an insulin-dependent gestational diabetic…with a SEVERE needle phobia.

    While I wouldn’t trade pregnancy for the world, and I never forget how blessed I am to be entrusted with this baby, this pregnancy has not been a bed of roses. And while I understand that complaining about stretch marks and weight gain seems trivial, those of us with serious health challenges during pregnancy should not be made to feel ashamed if we complain about those challenges.