Over the course of this pregnancy I have kept a list of loves and hates, I guess as a way of remembering but also as a way of sharing and hopefully finding some camaraderie.
- Eating food after a craving
- Everything is heightened – feeling, sensation, taste, smell – something that has never been incredible, all of a sudden can be the MOST amazing experience EVER!
- Sex – just plain animalistic, blood pumping to your genitals making-you-crazy sex – it is among the most satisfying I’ve ever had.
- The 12 week scan
- Sorry, this one’s gross, but the feeling of a good fart.
- My belly growing
- The small kicks only you can feel
- Looking at newborn/birth images and getting all sentimental/goosebumps/emotional
- Rounded, super sumptuous, larger breasts!
- Playing with my wardrobe and seeking to enhance bumps and curves, not hide them…
- The loving looks from many other women and mothers, as my pregnancy reminds them of their experience
- Having an excuse not to pick stuff up off the floor or vacuum
- Feeling an inner drive to clean cupboards and get organised within my home
- Nausea. All day. I just want to lie flat on the floor and vomit.
- Kissing, when all I feel like doing is vomiting in your face.
- Heightened smell – your need for a personal perimeter expands immensely; was that person always that smelly?? OMG get away from me.
- Having to choose something to wear, really I’d like to hang in “my quitters” (aka track pants) ALL DAY.
- Feeling “incapable” – a slave to my body where I can’t do/achieve what I want to.
- Feeling animalistic and 'lower mind' – all I can think about is what to eat next and when I can sleep.
- Having no control over my body and what it does/sounds it makes
- Having less patience/spaciousness with my other kids
- Not wanting to be intimate and having to push past my nausea to get “in the mood”
- Not able to get comfortable, ever.
- Random emotional outbursts, usually resulting in uncontrollable and irrational tears
- Blood tests, tests, being tested
- Waiting, waiting, waiting...don't tell me to be patient or enjoy the last moments, there's a head between my legs.
So that probably sums it up for me. Yes its a miracle experience, but its also good to remember how it really was!
Julie Tenner is Co-founder of Nourishing The Mother and is The Pleasure Nutritionist. Julie is a Naturopath, specialising in women’s and children's health, with specific focus on awakening women to their full potential – health for the mind, body and soul – creating lasting life change for you and your family by “coming home” to your magnificence.