There has been a tiny human inside of me for eight long months. For all this time, we’ve lived our lives together – she eats what I eat, she kicks me when I’m trying to sleep, she pushes on my bladder when I just peed five minutes ago.
I am THRILLED to be a mama. But you can also be sure that I am counting down the blessed days until my due date (currently 34). Lord, let her come early.
Pregnancy is a blessing. Let’s be clear right now that I understand how lucky I am to be able to bring this child into the world. There are far too many women who wish they could be in my position right now, but can’t for a myriad of medical and personal reasons. My heart goes out to them. I pray that they can one day experience the miracle of budding life inside them as well.
Yet I’ve found that not all parts of pregnancy are miraculous. And honestly, I wish that I would have known about these parts ahead of time. Because y’all, I was not prepared for any of this:
- Morning Sickness is like having the worst hangover of your life all the time… except you didn’t drink any alcohol.
Thank God this ended for me at 20 weeks, but that was still a looong time to feel like death every second of every day. Oh yeah, “morning” sickness is a complete myth. It is ALL THE TIME sickness, and if it’s bad enough, you will spend every available second lying horizontal on the couch trying not to blow the 6 crackers you managed to choke down. Glorious.
2. Skin tags are a thing.
You can develop skin tags in weird places like the inner part of your belly button (I did). They are caused by all the crazy hormonal changes, and you can’t do anything to prevent them (however you can get them removed by a dermatologist after pregnancy). Until then, you just have these awkward little growths. Try not to stress about it too much (but you probably will anyway). And speaking of skin…
3. You probably won’t feel like you’re glowing.
If you do feel like you’re glowing, you go mama! Embrace it! But in my case, all I got was acne. A lot of it. And SURPRISE! Most acne treatment products are a big no-no for your baby, which means you are pretty much left with very gentle cleansers. Good luck treating serious pregnancy acne with that! This is another thing that (mostly) went away with time, but I NEVER felt the glow. One time, an older man at my church said, “Your hormones are making you pretty.” So that’s something I guess. But no glow for this mama.
4. You can try to be normal, but eventually your hormones will win.
I’m sorry, but try as you might, you’re bound to have an emotional breakdown at some point of pregnancy. It will probably be over nothing. Your brain might even be telling you that you’re being over-dramatic and stupid, and you do NOT need to cry hysterically over whatever it is. I wish that I could say I’ve only done this once. Nope. Those hormones are real, mama. But you’re making a human, so this is excusable (and bless our husbands who have to deal with this).
5. You might actually hate it.
Pregnancy is a time of crazy transition, accompanied by not feeling at all like yourself. It’s hard. And though it comes with some wonderful moments (those first little kicks are the best feeling you can imagine!), there is also a lot of stuff that you’d rather didn’t exist. IT’S OKAY if you don’t like being pregnant. You can still love your child more than life itself and hate pregnancy. Your pregnancy and your baby are not one and the same. So take heart. There have been many other mamas that have walked this road, wishing that her back would stop aching and that she could just get some uninterrupted sleep. Despite the aches, the constant emotional roller coaster, and the seemingly endless waiting, YOU ARE MAKING A PERSON. And I am confident that it will all be worth it.
You got this mama. Every hard day that passes, you are one day closer to meeting that perfect little human that God designed for you. But I will still pray that you never throw up all over yourself and your car while driving to work. Because ain’t nobody got time for that (and yes, that is a personal anecdote).
“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” (Ecclesiastes 11:5)