The Mythical Pregnancy Glow

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had many people tell them just how amazing being pregnant is. How wonderful it is to be growing another human and what a wonderful experience it is. I’m here to cut through the crap and tell you it’s not as glamorous as it’s made out to be. Yes there are some awesome parts of being pregnant, there are however some not so great parts. Both sides of what I have experienced I will cover in this piece, while attempting not to sound like a whiny brat.

I’m going to start off with some parts of pregnancy I have experienced so far which are less than great. These include morning sickness, fatigue, feeling fat and sleep issues. It is rumoured morning sickness usually ends around the 12 week mark. For me it’s week 20 and still going strong. I can’t wait for the day I wake up not feeling nauseous or when I can get through a week without vomiting. Fatigue is one of my least favourite parts of pregnancy as I spend most of my time sleeping or attempting to sleep. I say attempting as trying to sleep is like trying to get comfortable on the cold hard ground -awkward and sore. Hips aching, not allowed to sleep on back, feel sick sleeping on stomach & back aching are the most common issues I experience. My poor partner also gets kept up half the night with my tossing and turning. Feeling forever fat is something I’ve struggled to adjust to but over the last 20 weeks have come to accept. I have accepted I am going to feel more and more like a whale, a beached whale in particular, when it comes to getting up.

In contrast to the negative aspects above I must not forget the upside of being pregnant. The three main ones which I am experiencing is being able to eat more (I loooove food so this is great), FINALLY having boobs and the odd yet exciting feeling of baby moving. Being able to get away with eating a little more than I usually would means eating the odd thing I wouldn’t usually eat, especially when the cravings kick in. Now don’t judge me but I do check up on the calories I am consuming every now and then, and much to my surprise, I discovered a McDonald’s cheeseburger now fits perfectly into my allowed calories/macronutrients. This makes me very happy as cheeseburgers are something I didn’t really eat before, but have had a few cravings for lately. I am also someone who has lived her whole life without having a huge amount in the chest department. No, not flat chested but definitely not impressive either. Being pregnant has played the most wonderful role in increasing my cup size by at least two cups so far and I have to say it’s kind of nice to look down and see something there. Let’s just hope they stay after the pregnancy and breast feeding is done. Feeling baby love is quite a magical experience as it feels unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before and reminds me there is a living, growing thing inside of me. I can’t wait for the day others can feel the movement too.

One thing I have failed to mention above is the famed “pregnancy glow” which everyone claims is a great part of being pregnant. The reason I haven’t mentioned this is I am still waiting for my glow to kick in. Instead of “oh you’re glowing” I keep getting “you look tired”. Thanks guys. Where is my damn pregnancy glow?!? Well I am coming to the conclusion it is nothing but a myth… either that or this gorgeous little parasite growing inside of me doesn’t feel the need to share with mum. Oh well at least I have the boobs.

Given the amount of negatives in this post I do want to point out that as much as being pregnant is not always the best of times, far from it to be quite honest, it is definitely going to be well worth it in the long run. Holding our baby in my arms once it is born will make the whole experience worth it. In the mean time I’ll do my best to focus on the positives and keep smiling. Plus I’ll make the most of these wonderful new boobs.

Hope you’re week is going fabulously!

XOXO Gabby

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