7 Lies I Tell Myself During Pregnancy
We all strive to be that magical pregnancy unicorn. You know, the one that showers every day, doesn’t live in sweatpants, and still rocks high heels. What they don’t tell us (or we so conveniently forget) is that pregnancy is HARD. I like to pretend it isn’t, but I’m not going to lie to you (even if I lie to myself). I’ve comprised a list of the top 7 lies I tell myself during pregnancy:
Lie #1: I Will Eat Healthy
I had Hyperemisis Gravidarum with my 1st and 2nd pregnancies, so this went out the window within the 1st few weeks for me. I lived off of saltines, jello, and sherbet. Not exactly the healthiest selection of foods. With my 1st, I craved sweets and could inhale an entire bag of powdered doughnuts on the way home from the Commissary (note: we lived less than 10 minutes away). I’ve been known to give into my temptations here and there, but with each pregnancy, I’ve learned to change my snack options to much healthier ones. That doesn’t mean I don’t splurge, though! I still love doughnuts…I just don’t buy them EVERY time I go grocery shopping. Instead, I let my hubby bring them home for the whole family to share and only on special occasions.
Lie #2: I Will Exercise
Who was I kidding? Seriously. The 1st trimester fatigue hits and it takes every ounce of energy to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. And if you have kids? You might as well just count them as your exercise. I know I do! Chasing an almost 4 year old and a 16 month old around is hard work and if anyone tells you that that’s not cardio, they’re lying. Once you start getting bigger, it becomes an Olympic sport to just get dressed and put your shoes on. By the time you get your sneakers on, you’re out of breath and sweating so who needs to go and exercise anyway?
Lie #3: I Will Enjoy The Pregnancy
I actually told myself this at the beginning of this pregnancy because it’s my last. I wanted to savor every kick, every punch, and the way my body changes because I won’t get to experience this again. And then came the peeing every 5 minutes, the restless nights, and the exhaustion. Now, at 7 months in, I’m ready for it to be over with. Sure, I love those little kicks and punches, but not when they’re aimed at my bladder or keeping me awake at night. I’ve come to accept the fact that I just do not enjoy being pregnant. Most women might, but I’m not one of them. The end result is wonderful and I’m willing (obviously) to tough it out until I get there, but I don’t enjoy the ride. It’s not my cup o’ tea.
Lie #4: I Will Take Weekly Bump Pictures
I remember finding my partially filled out baby book one day and was SO disappointed that there wasn’t more in it. I mean, who doesn’t want to document every special moment of their kids’ lives?! Yeah…that kinda goes hand in hand with this. Not only are my boys’ books partially filled out, but I did NOT document their growth via my belly every week. In fact, the bump pictures have declined exponentially with each pregnancy. I honestly don’t have the time to take the pictures and when I do, it’s at the end of the day, and I’m ready to pour myself into bed or relax on the couch. Sorry, Adeline! I hope you can forgive Mommy one day!
Lie #5: I Won’t Stress About My Weight
No woman, pregnant or otherwise, wants their weight to be a subject of discussion. When you’re pregnant, though, you don’t really have a choice. You don’t want to gain a ton of weight, but you don’t want to gain too little. I always seem to gain 25-30 lbs with each pregnancy, no matter what I do. And you know what? I’ve got to accept that even if I have a hard time doing so. I also have to accept that I’m going to be carrying around 5-10 lbs of that weight for awhile after I give birth. My body is prolactin resistant, which means it does NOT shed weight easily while breastfeeding. Even though I know these things, it doesn’t really eliminate the feeling I get when I’ve gained yet ANOTHER pound. I still teeter between worrying if I’m gaining enough or if I’m gaining too much too quickly.
Lie #6: I Won’t Buy Any More Maternity Clothing
My pregnancies have ended up spanning all the seasons, so I generally always have something to wear and I tell myself (and my hubby) that I won’t need to buy anything else. But something always comes up. This year I bought a maternity shirt for Halloween that I wore all of 3 times. Will I ever wear it again? No. Was it necessary? No. But it made me happy. I try not to do things like that, though. If I HAVE to buy something maternity, I try and buy things I know that I’ll use postpartum. I also try and use as many of my non-maternity clothes as humanly possible, especially before I get too big. Despite all this, it seems that I always tend to find something that I didn’t previously have that I need this go around.
Lie #7: I Can Do It All
This is the BIGGEST lie of them all. This is my every day mindset even when I’m not pregnant, so it gets pretty hard to shake when I am. The doctor has to remind me that I just can’t do some of the things I normally could while I’m pregnant. I get winded walking up the stairs towards the end of my pregnancies, especially when carting a toddler. When I have to get up early and get myself and 2 toddlers ready and to an appointment on time, by the time it’s all said and done, I’m exhausted and asking, “Is it nap time yet?” I can no longer vacuum the stairs or rearrange rooms and I need help setting up the nursery. My body just can’t do all the things I want it to or that I’m used to doing pre-pregnancy. It’s one of the most frustrating truths for me and I still haven’t fully accepted it. Adulting and parenting is hard, but it’s even harder when you’re carrying around 30 extra pounds and you can’t see your feet.
So there you have it. These are the 7 lies I tell myself while I’m pregnant. Pregnancy isn’t easy and is sometimes a downright pain in the butt. You have to learn to roll with the punches (or sleep through them) and remember, pregnancy itself isn’t a life sentence, even if having kids is.