15 Things I've Learned About Pregnancy



1. Eat what sounds good.

The first pregnancy I worried about everything, didn't eat a lot of things, and stuffed a lot of things I didn't like in me. And I gained more weight in that pregnancy than any other.

The second pregnancy I ate more of what I wanted but worried about it when I did.

This time, if it sounds good I eat it and I don't worry. I don't have time to worry. I have gained the least amount of weight so far this time and have felt the least-sick and had the most energy. I have eaten a lot of cheetos and  snickers and I just don't worry about it.

(FYI, I take my prenatals most of the time, I do still heat up lunch meat by my George Foreman and I haven't partaken of alcohol or raw fish. I don't take meds that are known to be harmful, etc...I just don't worry about it)

2. Good, dream-less sleep is more valuable than gold.

3. There is a LOT of stuff you don't really need when you have a baby.

The things you do need are minimal.

No matter what Target sales emails lead you to believe.

4. Emotions you feel when you are pregnant are not always to be trusted.*

You heard me. Sometimes they are only fake, hormonal exaggerations of reality.

5.  Ask your doctor as many questions as you want, as often as you want. They get paid a lot of money to know the answers to your questions.

6. Don't listen to everything everyone says. Choose your confidants wisely and lovingly (or not-so-lovingly) ignore everyone else.

7. Don't compare.*

Just don't.

Every baby. Every mommy. Every pregnancy is different. God made us that way.

8. Don't worry till your doctor does. Even then, don't worry, pray.

Trust the Lord. And trust your doctor. If you don't trust your doctor, find a new one.

And don't google. Just don't. Let your doctor be your expert, not random online articles that contradict each other. I repeat: if you don't trust your doctor, find a new one.

9. Drink water.*

Enough is never enough.

10. Even cold water can cause indigestion. Even then, refer to #9 and take Tums.

11. Pray about every little thing. Everything. Every thought. Every worry.  Pray, pray, pray.

They aren't your kids anyway, they're the Lord's. From conception. Act like it.*

12. Ask for help.*

Husbands can learn to paint toenails. Just ask.

13. Re-define your idea of a clean house.*

Modify your chore list, maximize the times of day you have the most energy, and choose to spend your energy on the things that will keep your brain awake at night. Everything else, give yourself grace and ask for help.

14. Take belly pics on days when you feel cute.

If you don't ever have days when you feel cute, take other people's word for it. (You'll want the pics later.)

15. It's all worth it.

Feelings associated with pregnancy are not always synonymous with how you feel about your baby. If you hate pregnancy (mine with Laura Kate), you will not hate your baby. Nothing brings me greater joy than that sassy one. And holding her in your arms that first time and realizing newborns do in fact have eyelashes,  makes all those bad feelings melt away (eventually).

(*Some of these are still a work in progress. Turns out I'm still not perfect.  Shocker. I know.).

2 comments

  1. Very wise words! Did you think these out or just list them off the top of your head?

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  2. I thought them out as I listed them off the top of my head.... ;-)

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