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Enjoying Your Pregnancy (Even Though Some Symptoms Really Aren't Enjoyable)

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

Let me preface this post by saying that I am one of those people who truly enjoyed being pregnant. I know there are others like me out there, but I also know there are those who were miserable their entire pregnancy. I have a lot of sympathy for you, because I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to be uncomfortable and uneasy for that long.

My biggest pregnancy complaint with all three babies was massive indigestion. I consider myself pretty lucky. Even though I had to sleep upright at a 90-degree angle throughout each pregnancy (I really did), I know it could have been a whole lot worse. And of course, I had the other typical symptoms including morning sickness in the first trimester, the fatigue and the achy back, but overall, I truly enjoyed my pregnancies.

It's amazing about what the human body is capable of, and each time I was pregnant I was aware of what my body had to do to sustain this other being inside of me. Nine months seems like a long time, and it is, but in the grand scheme of things, it's pretty short-lived.

It can be hard to step outside of the day-to-day monotony of clothes getting tighter, every part of you getting bigger and appendages getting puffier, but having the appreciation of what your body is accomplishing and being thankful for a routine pregnancy can be a great way to have perspective on the whole process.

But if you're having a normal pregnancy and just can't shake the feeling that there is an alien inside of your body (how one of my friends described her baby), I'd recommend focusing on anything positive that you can pull out of the pregnancy, not matter how small it is. If your hair is lustrous, get a really awesome-smelling shampoo that you look forward to using every day. If it's sleep you crave, get a body pillow and surround yourself with luxurious bedding to help ease you into bed at night.

And even though you might not appreciate your big belly and those puffy areas, do take pictures of yourself with the bun in the oven. One day, you might look back at those pictures and have moments of nostalgia over what a magical time it really was.

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