Men don't know just how lucky they have it. When it comes to procreation, their contribution to baby making is pretty insignificant and pleasurable. Once things start cooking, the mom-to-be takes over for 40 (more or less) weeks and gives up a lot of daily pleasures and normal activities in the process. Depending on who you listen to, you may have to change your whole world to accommodate your new passenger. Contrary to popular belief, though, there are more than a few things you don't have to sacrifice during your pregnancy.
Of course most parents simply want a healthy baby and a lot of pregnant woman are more than happy to give up a few luxuries (or even necessities) if it means their baby will be safe and sound. Still, wouldn't it be great if you didn't actually have to make these sacrifices at all? Or, at the very least, not as much as you think and/or have been told you have to? (#ProTip: the answer is yes.) In many ways I followed the standard pregnancy advice to the letter. For example, a drop of alcohol didn't pass my lips from the moment of conception until I stopped exclusively breastfeeding. However, now that some research seems to suggest moderate drinking has no effect on growing babies, I am wondering if I was unnecessarily restrictive.
Either way, there are some things mothers-to-be are advised to avoid that they definitely don't need to sacrifice. It's worth remembering that while a certain level of self-sacrifice is necessary when you're growing and raising another human being, you don't have to lose every single part of yourself (or the things you like, need, or love) in order to be a wonderful mother.