Another voice adding to the pot of wisdom is my older sister Tayna. Everyone calls her the “mini mom” – not just because she looks just like my mother but because she’s definitely the mother hen of our clan. She plans all the parties, she bosses everyone around (haha, love you Tee), and she was also the first of us girls to get pregnant. Here she shares her two cents on what she hates most about being pregnant:
I’m 36, a mother of a 4 year old and 26 weeks pregnant with my second child. For me being pregnant was and is NOTHING like you see on television and read in books. The experience itself is one filled with awe, bewilderment, frustration, and lots of “WHY ME JESUS?!” My personal Top 4 Pregnancy Frustrations are:
1. SICK SICK SICK
For me, I happen to get every sickness known to pregnancy: hypermesis, excessive spitting, dehydration, morning, afternoon, evening, midnight, and driving sickness, horrible gas, hives, tendinitis, heartburn (need I continue?) Then the Dr. asks how it’s going and responds with a side head-nod and simply says “Yes, that’s normal, nothing you can do about that.” Aint’ nobody got time for that!
2. STOP SHOWING OFF
Watching my friends, who are also pregnant, float through the process like it’s the best thing since sliced bread. No sickness, their hair and nails growing, they’re glowing and look radiant, and they absolutely love the process. UGH – go sit down somewhere…
3. COUNTING SHEEP
I struggle to sleep at night as well. I sleep with about 8 pillows and toss and turn all night, not to mention the 3-4 trips to the toilet. I often get up and look over at my husband who is sleeping like a newborn baby with his thumb in his mouth (ok, he doesn’t really suck his thumb but that’s what it seems like!) I just want to slap him upside the head.
4. NOTHING TO WEAR
I’m no Kardashian, but I do consider myself to be pretty stylish. However, when you are pregnant, finding something cute to wear is SO hard. Why is it that every designer feels that as soon as you are pregnant you automatically revert to flowers, bows, drawstrings, and polka dots? UGH! Whoever you are, STOP making this stuff!
The Brighter Side:
The important thing to note is that pregnancy is different for every woman. The only constant is that with a successful pregnancy, the end result is the most amazing gift from God that will forever change your life and has changed mine. Through it all, I have to say YES it is worth it and while my pregnancy journey is not a “favorable one” it is mine and I am grateful for the blessing and responsibility that God has given me. All in all, I can’t wait to meet my new little baby boy in a few more months.
Spill the beans, ladies. Do you have any pregnancy horror stories? Frustrations? Share with the class…