Despite the fact that I had morning sickness and heartburn for a good part of nine months and packed 40 pounds on my normally size-2 body, there were a few things I loved about being pregnant.
The first: My skin never looked better. As soon as my stomach popped, my acne-prone, dull, and pale complexion was suddenly clear and radiant (not to toot my own horn or anything). Having skin as smooth and flawless as, well, a baby's (not to mention all the compliments I was getting) made the not-so-pretty parts of pregnancy more bearable.
Here, nine other reasons why you'll love being a mom-in-the-making.2. You don't have to obsess.
Thoughts of fitting into your skinny jeans go out the window. In fact, this is a time when you're supposed to gain weight. Amy Devigne, of New York City, says she's always been a healthy eater, but her pregnancy with her son, Jack, now 8 months, "was the first time I can remember not worrying about how much I ate." Plus, she adds, "I loved the expandable waistbands in maternity pants!" Heck, even ice cream isn't so bad, since you need the extra calcium for your baby and yourself.3. You're supposed to rest.
Your body is like a factory working hard to create a new life, and that's an exhausting endeavor. "When you're pregnant, the amount of water in your body increases by 50 percent, and your blood volume increases by 40 percent. Carrying all that extra fluid around as well as the additional weight you gain can make you tired," explains Jill Maura Rabin, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein Medical School, in New York City. "You also get tired because pregnant women are naturally a little bit anemic." So put your feet up, tune in to Oprah, and enjoy a midday siesta. You deserve it.4. Total strangers look at you.
Despite the roller coaster of emotions that pregnancy brings, there's a mood boost that many of us get that's like no other. Little compares to the excitement and anticipation of what's to come. And it's not just your mood that gets a lift. As your belly grows, you'll notice that other people look at you in an endearing way -- something that doesn't always happen in our busy world. "When I was pregnant with my second child, I was in the mall during the holidays," says Lisa Carey, a mother of two, in Chatham, New Jersey. "A woman walking by looked at my huge belly, and a big smile spread across her face. I couldn't help but smile back."5. You get VIP treatment.
When people see your growing belly, they often roll out the red carpet. I was regularly offered seats on subways, something that had never happened in my 20 years of living in New York City. And many times when I was in an endless line for the ladies' room, say at the mall or at a concert, a woman ahead of me would usher me right up to the front. Usually she'd do so with a knowing look and a comment like, "I remember how badly I had to go when I was pregnant," as others in line nodded in agreement. Other VIP perks can include doors being held open for you, prime parking spots, and help carrying heavy packages.