Had it with being tired and carrying around extra weight? Consider these reasons to celebrate being pregnant.
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Watching Daddy Evolve
As an expecting mother, not only do you get to watch your baby grow, but you can also observe your husband changing as well. It's great watching him turn into a father when he kisses your belly good night, reads to the baby in utero, or stays up until 3:00 a.m. putting the crib together -- just in case the baby decides to come eight weeks early.
Anticipating Baby's Arrival
Waiting for your baby to arrive is like all your previous birthdays and holidays rolled into one. Plus, you get to give someone else a birthday to look forward to!
Imagining Your Baby's Life
You get the first chance to plan and imagine parts of your baby's life -- decorating a baby room, thinking about the first time someone calls you "mommy," thinking about the endless possible ways your baby will change the world.
You eat healthier, drink more water, and carefully read ingredient labels. Suddenly, it matters more to you what you put in your body. You'll look great and feel great because of it.
Hearing Baby's Heartbeat
You get to hear the swish swish swish of your baby's heartbeat on the Doppler and know that you are responsible for another life.
Stealing the Spotlight
Enjoy the extra attention you get from everyone when your expecting -- your husband gives you more foot rubs, and your friends call to check in more often. Neighbors offer to help; coworkers volunteer to get lunch for you; little presents (a bottle of water, an afternoon snack) mysteriously show up on your desk.
Cutting in Line
Don't worry about long lines for the ladies' room in restaurants and malls. You have the privilege of skipping to the front of the line in public rest rooms.
Shopping for Baby
When you're waiting for your baby's arrival you get to shop for a person you haven't even met yet. Pick out precious, tiny clothes, all-new furniture, and adorable room decorations.
Attending Baby Showers
Friends and family jump at the chance to shower you with gifts and affection, reminding you how special you and your baby are.
Reaching the End
Knowing that all the bad stuff -- the heartburn, swollen ankles, backaches, and the rest -- doesn't last forever. And that in the end, it's all worth it.
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