Human pregnancy lasts 9 months. It might seem a bit scary when you listen to numerous stories about it. And then it turns out it is not that bad. That those were just stories. Because those stories are more interesting. Who wants to listen to boring tales in which nothing happens? Everybody is different, of course, so my experience will be unlike yours. Moreover, one woman can feel different with each baby. You need to keep it in mind while reading a book or an article on the Internet.
To read or not to read
Nowadays it is so common to google anything you have some questions about. We seek advice on medical treatment, we put diagnosis. The same with pregnancy. We open a computer and check if other mothers have such symptoms. There are plenty weekly pregnancy diaries. But you must remember we are all unique. We can feel totally dissimilar in the same week. I’ve chosen two blogs that I followed during my 9 months. First with facts and the other more personal. I’ve also read two books. I’ve checked the Internet only when something disturbed me.
In my opinion, it is wise to read, but, like with everything, have some limits. Keep balance. Don’t read every book and every blog about pregnancy and birth. It can be a source of unnecessary stress. Read just enough to know what is going to happen but avoid chapters that don’t concern you.
I do have really good memories from my 9 months. Sure I had better and worse days, both psychically and mentally, but in general, I was fine. What frightened me most was morning sickness. How would I go to work, how would I walk the dog? Fortunately, it didn’t happen. I felt mild nausea in the beginning. Nothing serious.
What was the most problematic for me was sleep. It didn’t matter much when the next day was free, but it was a bit difficult when I went to work after a sleepless night. I couldn’t fall asleep til late hour. Sometimes because of baby’s kicking.
His movements gave me a lot of joy from the very beginning. Some say they are not so pleasant in the late stadium when the baby grows bigger and has too little space. But I was happy to feel him for the whole time. It did sometimes hurt. Nevertheless, it is a miracle to watch how a miniature man turns inside you.
As for my appetite, it did not increase significantly. I was very surprised to discover I do not feel like eating sweets anymore! Thanks to that I didn’t gain so much weight. I was able to tie my shoes til the end, though getting some help was always nice.
I think the pregnancy was such a good time for me partly because I could always count on the help of my baby’s father. He was carrying shopping bags, preparing dinner from time to time or massaging my back 🙂