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My pregnancy LOVE HATE list...

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My pregnancy LOVE HATE list...

Julie Tenner

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. 

Pregnancy Loves

  • 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

Pregnancy Hates

  • 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.