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Pregnancy – it could improve your eyesight

2010 September 2
by Pamela

Before having children, I thought pregnancy was the second worst thing that could happen to a woman.   Second only to birthing a baby naturally, of course.  I came to these conclusions based on a myriad of horror stories that I heard throughout the years from friends, neighbors, family, and strangers at the shopping mall.  Women LOOOOVE to share this area of suffering in their lives.  And really, I don’t blame anyone.  Pregnancy and childbirth are something of a badge of honor.  Just like a decorated veteran wants to share the gory details of battle, a mother is the same way.

But truth be told, there are actually some benefits to being pregnant.  Really.  Of course the main benefit is getting a sweet little snuggly wuggly to cuddle and enjoy at all hours of the day (and night).  But there are tangible physical benefits to my pregnancies and I’m hereby presenting my list of:

Why Pregnancy Is Not So Bad Afterall

1.  I have the most fabulous dreams while I’m pregnant.  Normally my dreams consist of being at the grocery store and feeling frantic because I can’t find the maple syrup.  Pretty boring.  But while pregnant I dream of flying across the ocean, eating the most amazing cheeseburger ever, having Tom Colicchio from Top Chef over for dinner (he loved my Steak Diane so you know it was a crazy dream) and saving lions off of steep cliffs.  Going to sleep is a constant source of entertainment.

2.  My eyesight improved significantly (freakishly) when I was pregnant with Elizabeth.

3.  Food tastes amazing.  I don’t know if the food is really so much better or if I just don’t feel guilty for eating it, but every bite is total joy.

4.  There is no guilt in my life for anything.  I say “no” to all kinds of commitments while pregnant and don’t feel bad for it.  I take naps everyday and do so without apology.  When I forget something or screw up, there is no self-condemnation because hey, I’m pregnant!

5.  My skin isn’t as oily.

6.  My nails are beautiful.  Like maybe they could be in a nail commercial beautiful.  People have suggested that it’s because of the pre-natal vitamins, but I know that’s not the case since I’ve been on those for five years straight.  My normally brittle, peeling nails are replaced by super white and strong daggers.  I kind of like the dagger look although they do nothing for my typing ability.

7.  When I go to bed, I fall asleep.  In about 15 seconds.  Normally it takes me a few minutes to fall asleep at night, but even during naptimes I close my eyes and am gone.  Bliss!

8.  I have a total aversion to sweets.  Which is nothing short of a miracle considering my normal obsession with chocolate.  And donuts, cupcakes, and candy bars.  But now I get a raging headache from dessert which means I’m consuming less empty calories.  And that means I have more empty calories to use for things like bread sticks.

9.  When I was pregnant with Mary Claire and Elizabeth, I had a great burst of energy during my second trimester.  Once I made 42 meals to freeze in one day.  And then there was the time that I cleaned out every closet in the house before naptime.  This all seems like folklore to me now though since I’m 17 weeks along and there is no extra energy in sight.  Come back to me, 2nd trimester burst!  I promise to love and cherish every moment with you.

10.  My body image has improved considerably since carrying and birthing babies.  I now see my body as a wonderous creation, even the not-so-perfect parts.  And the parts that have gone downhill (literally) I think of with far more gentleness than before.  This body was created for far more than looking good in a dress and I’m grateful for what it is capable of doing.

11.  Again this is folklore at this point, but I remember that I stopped losing my hair with my other two pregnancies.  You know how normally when you wash your hair, there are strands in your fingers?  That stopped happening to me. 

12.  I don’t have to shave as much.

13.  My pregnancy wardrobe is considerably smaller than my normal one which I find to be freeing.  It’s kind of nice to only have a few choices to wear.  Paring down my closet is something I want to work on when I no longer need three sizes of clothing in it.

By the way, is anyone doing the 15:30 challenge?  Please let me know if you are posting photos to your blog or facebook.  I thought about doing it myself but feel like I’d be cheating since I don’t have a ton to choose from already.

So there you have it folks.  There are some great benefits to being pregnant.  And having that cute little snuggly wuggly is just one of them.

How about you?  What could you add to the list?  What improved for you (or your wife)?  I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. September 2, 2010

    You don’t know me but I’m a friend of Heather’s. I love your blog. This list is so cute. As Heather would tell you, it would take a lot to sell me on the idea of pregnancy but you have given me some good things to consider.

    By the way, 42 meals in one day! That is amazing.

    • Pamela permalink*
      September 3, 2010

      Hi Krysta – So nice to hear from you! I’ve heard such great things about you from Heather. It seems like God has given you a real heart for fostering and adoption so it makes sense that you might have a total aversion to pregnancy! Thanks for leaving a comment. I love being able to connect with people on here. I see you have a blog too – I’ll check it out.

  2. September 3, 2010

    Aw, look at this…two worlds colliding!

  3. Sally permalink
    September 11, 2010

    Oh, I *still* miss those amazing dreams! They were so long and complicated and mesmerizing. Love your comment on the body image, too. Wish we, as a gender, would do that all the time.

    One thing I loved about being pregnant wasn’t a by-product but was more of an only-pregnant thing: feeling my babies move. So comforting, so close. It was a constant checking-in with them. Sometimes I’d drink really cold juice just so they’d romp around a bit more. Of course, the moving around had a downside with each of them: Liam would do trampoline Olympics on my bladder–a lot!–and Alex used to do this nighttime dive off the right side of my ribcage. After they were born, it seemed so hollow and quiet inside for a while. Course, there was the simultaneous celebration of getting your body back–and being able to drink a lot of coffee again!

  4. Jenny Baugh permalink
    September 11, 2010

    I thought of another benefit Pamela. People offering their seats to you and offering to carry thing for you. :)

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