Most of us who've endured pregnancy can probably agree that despite the challenges, it's ultimately worth it. Yes, while having a child certainly beats having what would have been an extra 40 weeks of my life when I wasn't tired, nauseous, and expanding like the girl in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory who turns into a giant blueberry (Violet Beauregarde, my pregnancy patronus), nature does throw us a bone by adding a few perks to the entire process. In fact, a number of moms were happy to reveal the best thing about being pregnant. Spoiler alert: many of them involved food.
On a personal note, my own favorite thing was voiced below by Marcie. And actually, my second and third favorite things were touched on by a few different women, too. But my fourth favorite favorite thing about pregnancy? Yeah, that wasn't mentioned. My fourth favorite thing about pregnancy is the fact that being pregnant makes me feel connected to Dirty Dancing (the original 1987 version, obviously) in a whole new way. No, not because there's a character named Baby, or a key plot point involving a pregnancy. Nope, now, on a regular basis, I too am walking around in super high-waisted pants like Patrick Swayze/Johnny Castle, just like these:
I'm sure there's some sort of "dancing with Baby" metaphor to be articulated, but as a woman in her third trimester I'm in no condition to think it through and find it. Thankfully, a number of other moms who are in better mental shape than me were able to speak to some, perhaps, more important and positive side effects of carrying a baby (not a watermelon):