I was mid-way through the month of March, with Pi Day and the Ides of March behind me and St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring still ahead of me, when I realized I’ve learned a lot about enduring pregnancy in this particular month. In fact, I might even go as far as saying that there are a number of reasons why being pregnant in March is the best.
Now, I must present this information with a slight caveat. Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of writing about why being pregnant in March is actually the worst. However, since that day, the snow has melted, the sun has come out, plus we’re just a few short days away from my spouse’s spring break and I’m pretty excited about that. March might not be so bad after all.
Of course, the area I live, and its distinct seasons, probably has a lot to do with this sudden change of heart. There’s a crispness in the air and a positive energy that I’m noticing, and it’s downright pleasant. Could it be the actual beginnings of spring? A particular blend of hormones I’m enjoying at the cusp of my third trimester? The fact that my 2-year-old toddler has been extra cute lately? I don’t know, but I’m not complaining. Here’s why March might actually be an awesome month for pregnancy.
The Inconsistent Weather Actually Gives You Options
I know there are other parts of the country, and the world, where the weather is brutal right now. However, in my neck of the words we’re seeing blue sky and sunshine. It was in the 30s this morning, but still there was sun. I actually dared to transition from my winter coat to a lighter jacket for some errands I ran the other day. To be totally honest, this was probably a bit overzealous since I was still kinda cold, but the joy I had from not being zipped into my puffy marshmallow coat made it all worthwhile.
For the record, we had a ton of snow and some rough patches this winter for sure, so I feel like we’ve earned our reprieve.
Spring Baby Clothes Are Now In Stores
I turn into a puddle when I go past all those sweet spring dresses and little outfits with vests and clip-on bow ties that make kids look like tiny newsies. I know that most of these outfits are being marketed for Easter, but I like to think that whoever makes these adorable clothing items are actually just trying to melt hearts.
It's Lighter Longer
Don’t get me wrong, I would still totally outlaw daylight savings if I could. However, having that extra light at the end of the day isn’t the worst thing in the world, now that I’m done mourning my lost hour.
There's Pi Day, In Case You Need An Excuse To Eat Pie
I mean, an excuse aside from pregnancy. Not that you need one, but it’s nice to change things up once in awhile, and 3.14 Day is great for that. On that note, shout-out to my fellow pregnancy ladies: National Doughnut Day is in June, and National Ice Cream Month is July. Mark your calendars.
The Official Season Change Feels Like You’re One Step Closer To Meeting Your Baby
Like sand through an hourglass, right? The passage of time can be bittersweet, but when it means you’re getting closer to your baby’s arrival it’s slightly more sweet than bitter, I’ve found. In early March, it can feel like spring is still an eternity away, but it’s amazing what a couple weeks can do.
It's Women’s History Month
What better time to enjoy a pregnancy than by acknowledging the struggles, successes, and contributions of women from the past and present? It seems fitting to me. I mean, at least until a National Pregnant Lady Month is invented.
You Don’t Have To Deal With St. Patrick’s Day Debauchery
I used to enjoy a good St. Patrick's Day celebration as much as the next girl, but options are limited this year. However, I can't say that I really mind, since it's actually been a long time since green beer sounded appealing. Perhaps I'm just getting older, or I've been pregnant for too long, but I'll take the excuse to stay in.
Green Can Be Very Flattering For A Baby Bump
However, staying in doesn't mean completely ignoring the holiday. Green can be a great color for a pregnant lady, one I much prefer to wear in honor of a holiday than say, oh, orange for Halloween. The pumpkin references are just too much.
If You Participate In Lent, You’re Already Seasoned At Giving Up Awesome Things
I mean, pretty much all the things I'd give up for lent are either on the "no" list for pregnant women already. Or, they're no longer appealing since I'm too tired for any sort of indulgences, anyway. Shout-out to all the moms-to-be out there who are getting two birds with one stone by cutting out soft cheese, caffeine, and sushi for Lent this year. Your multitasking skills are impressive.