For the record, I didn’t expect pregnancy to be blissful. I knew, like I think most people know, that it can be challenging, exciting, awe-inspiring, uncomfortable, and scary. Actually, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. That’s like, pregnancy on a random Tuesday afternoon. That doesn’t even count all the major ups and down and hormonal shifts that happen throughout the entire process. Really, there are a number of unexpectedly intense things about pregnancy I wasn’t ready for. Thankfully, and now that I’ve been through approximately 1.90 pregnancies, with my second baby due only a few weeks from now, I can look back with a little bit of perspective. Well, as much perspective as one can have when they’re technically still in the thick of things.
To be fair, some of these things may have been unique to me. After all, every woman and every pregnancy is different, and I'm not too sure know anyone else who cried over their birthing class (more on that later). Still, in my experience, it’s like, the more my belly grew, the more my stress increased. Much like Gretchen Weiners and her big hair full of secrets, my big belly is indeed full of intense feelings and fears that I seemed to be experiencing entirely on my own. OK, I’m mostly kidding because yes, there’s a baby there too.
To make a long story somewhat short, my point is this: pregnancy is not easy, regardless of your unique experience or set of circumstances, and I think there are some universally overwhelming aspects of pregnancy that are definitely worth acknowledging. For example: