Ask any pregnant woman how she’s doing, and you’ll get a typical “I’m-so-happy-and-can’t-wait-to-meet-our-little-bundle-of-joy” response. Ask her how she’s really feeling, and you’ll get the inevitable litany of complaints: backaches, clumsiness, feeling plump, muscle cramps, swollen ankles, you name it. But isn’t there a positive flip-side to those side effects? Keep your sense of humor and you’ll come to appreciate these less than desirable – but temporary – conditions.
No belt, no problem!
Who doesn’t want to sit back and relax after eating a meal, maybe even pop open a button? So what if it’s men who usually do that? Pregnant women, we can, too, and we don’t even have to loosen our belt first … because we aren’t wearing one! Finally, we can wear comfortable, stretchy pants with elastic waistbands and no one will raise a word. Talk about being at ease!
Looking as big as a house has benefits
So what if you resemble a human who swallowed half a whale? That just means strangers will be polite to you because they see you’re in misery by the third trimester. People open doors for you, they give you the choice seat on buses and subways, and they allow extra room when you pass. It’s really a royal treatment; enjoy it while it lasts.
No energy? No problem!
You’re now excused from doing … pretty much anything you can get away with. Nobody wants to overwork a pregnant woman. You don’t feel up to vacuuming today? Don’t sweat it – your husband will pick up the slack, since you are carrying his child, after all. Don’t have the energy to clean up after the baby shower? That’s what family’s for! And they won’t even make you feel guilty about it. You have a free pass to rest up – read: lounge around – if you want, in between some healthy exercise, of course.
Have to use the bathroom a lot?
So what’s the problem? You now have a built-in excuse to escape anything. Lucky you! Need to escape an uncomfortable conversation at a social event? Say nature’s calling and you’ll catch up later (but don’t). Tired of sitting in your desk chair for nine hours and need a break from work? Take those frequent trips to the potty sans guilt and turn them into long swings around the office while you’re at it! You’ll be moving around and stretching your legs, which helps circulation during pregnancy, too. Double bonus!
Leg cramps keeping you up?
You’re sleeping like a big, pregnant log, but all of a sudden you wake up with fierce calf cramps! No worries – just get out of bed and stretch or walk those cramps away. You’ll be thankful after the birth when you realize how limber you’re making your body. Added benefit: you’re adjusting yourself to waking up at random hours in the night to attend to a crying baby, making the coming schedule change that much easier to handle. We can only thank mother nature for preparing new mothers so thoroughly.