Pregnancy – there are no classes or ‘mom’ stories or books that can prepare you for pregnancy. Every experience is different!
Here’s a brief version of my experience:
After experiencing a miscarriage roughly a year before we found out we were pregnant again, we were very cautious and didn’t tell many people until we had reached the ‘safe point’. I had some morning sickness. I had some cravings – salty at first then sweet. We found out we were having a girl before we were supposed to know! David and I snuck to a private ultrasound place and found out a few weeks before we were supposed to go for the ‘gender ultrasound’!
Oh the Rice Krispy Treats! We found a huge box of them (like SAM’s size!) and I ate all of them! I wasn’t very kind to my body with food or exercise (a mistake I would warn against!). I borrowed a lot of my maternity clothes – which I highly recommend!
After returning home from a Thanksgiving trip, it was discovered that my body was trying to go into pre-term labor (thanks to a silly fall in the closet early one morning). After being forced to be still for several weeks, once we got the green light – Parker wasn’t ready to come. We made a few false alarm trips to the hospital. Then we finally went on December 30, 2011 and I was 5 cm dialated!!! We were having a baby. Once the contractions really started I laughed at my false alarms!
After a long time of pushing – it seemed like forever!! – we had a baby girl! She was healthy and had all her fingers and toes accounted for. Blessed!
So tell me – what was your pregnancy experience? What was the worst part? What was the best part? Would you do it again?