While I was excited about becoming a mother and raising a tiny human with my partner, I can't lie about absolutely hating pregnancy. Like, it was not an experience I enjoyed. I was very sick and experienced my fair share of pregnancy complications and didn't feel radiant or beautiful or "feminine," like most friends and family members told me I would. A part of me thought there must be something wrong with me, like I was missing a "mom-gene" or something, but over time I realized that being grossed out by pregnancy is totally normal because, well, pregnancy is pretty gross.
I mean, yes it is beautiful and it truly is a miraculous experience that's nothing short of incredible. The fact that a woman's body can grow and birth another human being is, you know, insane. However, pregnancy usually comes with some not-so-beautiful side effects, like nausea and vomiting and constipation and insomnia and, you know, it's not that much fun to experience said side effects on a regular basis for upwards of 40 weeks. I, personally, never felt "one" with my body when I was pregnant, and while I could appreciate the things my body was doing, I didn't necessarily like the fact that it was doing them. I was more grossed out than in "awe," and because pregnancy is packaged as this joyous experience that every woman wants to (and should be happy to) undergo, I was more than hesitant to voice my less-than-stellar opinion concerning my own pregnancy experience.
Now that my son is about to turn two, I'm not as afraid as I used to be. Hell, parenthood is pretty gross too, and saying that or acknowledging those gross moments definitely doesn't make me any less of a parent. Which is why, honestly, if you're grossed out by pregnancy, all that means is that you're normal. In fact, here are just a few reasons why: