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8 Ways I LOVE Being Pregnant and the Perks of Pregancy

There are so many ways I love being pregnant – how about you? Ah, the joy of having a baby!

I’m pregnant and happy to be so.

Although, there are also some ways I hate being pregnant too but not because of the baby, just because at times it’s so uncomfortable. Ok, hate is too strong a word.

But I had wanted to be a mother all my life and when we started trying all I kept thinking was I want to be pregnant so bad!

I’m eternally grateful that I’ve been blessed twice with carrying a bundle of baby fun. I’m also so excited to be growing our family!

You can buy my favourite pregnancy book What to Expect when you’re Expecting online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.

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If it was up to me I’d say three months would be perfectly adequate.

This could still be split into three manageable trimesters. Say Month/Trimester one where you and your partner could exist together in your secret baby bubble long enough to enjoy it but not have to come up with yet another excuse as to why you were not drinking/eating/doing anything fun.

Month/Trimester two would be when you to show off your baby bump. You would always get a seat on the bus but not be overly uncomfortable.

Then Month/Trimester three would fly by with trips to the midwife/doctor, baby-showering and setting up the nursery.

I know the first trimester is 13 weeks of misery for some.

However, nine months it is and I’ve just entered month six so I’ve got ages left not long now. I’m not done being pregnant yet!

What does it feel like to be pregnant? Well, it’s different for everyone.

The new year has given me a chance to reflect on how my pregnancy has been so far so I’ve been feeling a bit more positive so I thought I’d even the score by listing the things I love about being pregnant.

Plus, it wouldn’t be a fun list is it was about why I’m so over being pregnant!

So, this is the benefits of being pregnant for me. If you’re not enjoying pregnancy or sick of being pregnant, I hope these perks come your way too:

8 Best Things About Being Pregnant!

1. Dressing the bump

Pregnancy is the only time when I feel confident enough to wear anything figure-hugging and I miss being pregnant for this afterward.

Having spent most of my life trying to hide my lovely lady lumps and bumps, this is my chance to embrace my new curvier curves and show them off to the world.

I miss my baby bump for that post partum! Did you miss your body when you were pregnant too?

2. Eating Treats

Now, this is clearly a controversial one as no-one should go overboard and ‘eat for two’.

However having been on various diets for as many years as I can remember, it is nice to have an extra treat every now and again and relax a little more about what I can and can’t eat.

So many people keep telling me to “enjoy your pregnancy!” but I won’t go overboard.

3. I love being pregnant as an excuse to go to bed early

Ahhh finally a guilt-free early night when I don’t feel like I’m wasting the day or missing out on anything.

4. Washing my hair less

I don’t imagine this works for everyone but when I’m pregnant, my usual greasy hair dries out which means I can go longer between washes – sometimes four days (is that gross?).

This means less time washing and drying and more time getting those extra Zzzzs in the morning.

5. Getting a seat on public transport

How to make a pregnant women happy – let her sit down sometimes!

All it literally takes is a waddle onto the bus/train, a rub of the tummy or leaning back with my hands on my hips and bang, I’m offered a seat. Don’t mind if I do.

It’s one way how to enjoy your pregnancy, isn’t it?

6. Compliments

Yes yes, I’m needy. But it’s so nice when you’re told more than once in a day that you look nice, glowing, blooming etc – who doesn’t appreciate a compliment?

But the pregnancy glow when does it start? Not the joy of pregnancy I’m experiencing yet.

7. Free dental and prescriptions

Not that you necessarily want to have to take these up but hey, free is free isn’t it.

8. Taking it easy

As easy as a working mother with a toddler can of course. But I do enjoy it when I have the opportunity to put my feet up and rest. Especially when I anticipate the chaos that awaits me after Mini is born!

Although I’m tired of being pregnant sometimes, it all bad and it does have it’s advantages. I might not feel like the most grateful and natural pregnant woman all the time but deep down I am. Sometimes I love being pregnant!

If you’re not excited about pregnancy yet, I hope you get to experience some of these perks of being pregnant soon!

But seriously, if you’re not enjoying pregnancy like you expected, that’s all good – I don’t love it 100% either.

What do you love about being pregnant? Did you miss anything about it after the baby was born?

And what does being pregnant feel like for you?

You can buy my favourite pregnancy book What to Expect when you’re Expecting online here in Australia, here in the US and here in the UK.\

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70 Comments

  1. Mumsy Midwife
    / 8:23 pm

    I completely agree with the hair, free prescriptions and dental.

    Like you, I’ve found pregnancy really hard to enjoy. I’ve found that people don’t really try and help with seats on public transport etc. I don’t expect to be necessarily given a seat but I find it so hard when a bunch of people just stare at me, on my crutches, and carry on happily with their seated journey. People love to knock me out of the way and barge in front when I walk down the street too.

    I’ll be glad when bump is here and I can drive over their toes with the pram! #revenge!

    Loving the blog and catching the old posts.

    x

    • / 9:12 pm

      Haa I’d love to drive over their toes too! I hope people start giving you a seat – pregnancy is hard enough :)

  2. Julie
    / 8:32 pm

    You’re right that when pregnant you’re no longer self-conscious about your curves. Great list!

    • / 12:07 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s the ONLY time I celebrate my curves :)

  3. You Baby Me Mummy
    / 8:26 pm

    The going to bed early things was GOOD! Fab list huni. Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList xx

    • / 12:07 pm

      Thanks lovely! :)

  4. Sarah
    / 11:12 pm

    I love being pregnant! :)
    Dressing the bump is my favourite! But I also love the sneaky treats, taking it easy & going to bed early!
    Clearly though, people are NICER where you live! I NEVER get offered a seat on the bus, and always end up standing. It kinda really annoys me to be honest! :/
    Great Post! Thanks for sharing.
    Sarah xx

    • / 12:07 pm

      It is lovely to dress the bump! That’s so so rude that people wouldn’t offer you a seat :(

  5. Love is Blind
    / 8:44 am

    I’m now 38 weeks G=and have got to agree with the eating treats and early nights. Sweets and ice lollies are my main ones at the moment, I’m just making the most of it and will worry about loosing the weight again once baby is here. It will be back to running twice a week soon.

    I also love feeling move, even when it can be slightly uncomfortable.

    • / 7:03 pm

      Oh hurray – hope you’re feeling well! I’m with you – I have moments of panic about my weight gain but I’ll deal with it later, not long now for us :)

  6. Louise
    / 2:31 pm

    Ah lots of nice things about being pregnant – I loved being able to eat treats and the compliments. I didn’t always get a seat on the bus/train – there was one time when I was eight months pregnant and the man getting on the train at the other end of the carriage spotted me and ran to get the only free seat in the middle – so rude! Thankfully a nice person gave up theirs. When my babies were born, I missed the kicks and the wriggles from being pregnant and how special it felt #RetroBlogPosts

    • / 10:10 pm

      Oh how rude – there are some very rude people around aren’t there! :)

  7. Kat | Beau Twins
    / 3:53 pm

    I love this! Yes to all of those! How are you doing lovely lady? I so miss the whole free NHS shizzle!! Boo!! ha ha! xxx

    • / 9:00 pm

      Thanks lovely!! I’m doing well – massive and still complaining of course ha ha!! :)

  8. Sam
    / 2:57 pm

    I love pregnancy for the ability to be able to wear anything and the non greasy hair like you.
    Enjoy the end of your pregnancy. Even though my last pregnancy was awful, I still miss being pregnant!

    • / 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much! Ahh you’re good to be able to see past it, I’m not up for it again :)

  9. Alyssa Serben
    / 8:09 am

    My hormones miss all of that and my sanity says, good riddens. Very exciting though.

    • mamamim blog
      / 11:24 am

      I know exactly how you feel, Alyssa! I’m making the most of it but it’s definitely my last pregnancy :)

  10. Kat B
    / 12:39 pm

    Whenever I read posts like this, it just makes me SUPER broody!! Although I was huge, had stress and various aliments; I LOVED being pregnant!! Hope you are keeping well lovely lady. Your latest update was superb and you look stunning!! xx

    • mamamim blog
      / 11:23 am

      Oh thank you lovely!! Ahh I know what you mean – other pregnant women make me sooo broody – although after this one, done!! :)

  11. Eilidh Gallagher
    / 5:03 pm

    I look back now and miss being pregnant. I miss the special feeling. X

    • mamamim blog
      / 11:23 am

      Aww it is such a special time yes! Trying to make the most of it :) :)

  12. MyBabyEdit
    / 9:06 pm

    I am 28 weeks pregnant, – and I love the fact that I can feel my baby, lots of kicking and movement :) I have also restarted my hypno birthing that I love as it makes me SO relaxed. – and was the reason I had such a great birth with my first born, so back for more of the good stuff!

    • mamamim blog
      / 11:22 am

      Ah we’re bump buddies nearly :) I love hypnobirthing – it’s such a wonderful skill to learn for life other than pregnancy too isn’t it :)

  13. Rebecca @ Futures
    / 10:53 pm

    I totally agree with the early nights, I relished those when pregnant with my son! But the others are all so true too!

    • mamamim blog
      / 1:56 pm

      Thanks Rebecca! Ahh I’m doing my best to make the most of the quite early nights before the newborn phase – argh :)

  14. Louise @ Birds and Lilies
    / 2:15 pm

    Ahh these are all so true. I really didn’t enjoy being pregnant though and I really thought I would; I just felt awful all the way through. I’m still looking forward to being pregnant again though (if I’m lucky) xx #brillblogposts

    • mamamim blog
      / 1:55 pm

      I was the same – I thought I’d love every second but ended up complaining for most of it! Trying to be more positive this time. I hope you get to have another go too when you’re ready to :)

  15. Kelli B
    / 12:58 am

    Hi! I just started following you on twitter and found your blog. I am 30 weeks with our 3rd. Currently, my favorite thing about pregnancy is that my husband always says YES! Yes to Taco Bell at 3 in the morning. Yes to shaving my legs since I can’t reach them, yes to letting me pick the movie we watch. Yes, yes, Yes! I’m loving it! I hope this YES stays around even after the baby is here. :)

    • mamamim blog
      / 9:28 am

      Oh thanks Kelli! And congrats to you – not long now! There are definitely positives aren’t there, and I hope the YES’s stay around too! :)

  16. Melanie McSwain
    / 7:29 am

    This is my first pregnancy & I’ve just entered the 2nd trimester. I am not enjoying it! I suppose the one thing I love so far is the love & support I have received from my friends and family. It’s really made me appreciate the wonderful people I have in my life. Not to mention how fantastic my partner has been towards me! You have encouraged me to start trying to find the good in pregnancy!

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:49 pm

      Thanks Melanie and I hope your pregnancy gets easier – nothing wrong in admitting you don’t enjoy it though is there :) Yes let’s try and focus on the positives and of course hope the rest flies by! :)

  17. Honest Mum
    / 11:12 pm

    So fab when pregnancy goes well and isn’t stressful, I had a tough first pregnancy with complications and despite a scary time with a water infection in my second, a relatively easy going time then. This post made me broody because growing another little person is such a joy and privilege. A friend described it as giving your baby a constant hug as you’re wrapped around your little one, loved that! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:48 pm

      Aww thank you! It is wonderful isn’t it – I love your friend’s description, that’s perfect :)

  18. / 11:10 am

    Oh you have it spot on with the 3 months pregnancy thing… that would be awesome!
    I didn’t really enjoy pregnancy but that had a lot to do with hyperemesis and not much else, but I am grateful that Boo is happy and healthy =)

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:46 pm

      3 months would be PERFECT! If I was in charge, that’s what I’d do :) Ah hyperemesis must have been so hard :(

  19. newcastle familylife
    / 9:53 pm

    oh this is making me broody , not good when i hate being pregnant and have a four month old. My hair was always perfect when i was pregnant and i sometimes went days without having to wash it too. enjoy the last few months and i am sure it will fly by xx #TheList

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:47 pm

      I’m impressed that you’re broody already with a 4 month old :) Congrats by the way!! :)

  20. Spidermummy
    / 1:15 pm

    Awww that’s a lovely positive post :-) Glad you’re enjoying it. By number three I was finding it hard to find many positives, but still loved nothing more than sitting down in the evenings and just watching her wriggle around in there x

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:45 pm

      Thanks lady! I must say it took effort to focus on the positives rather than complaining as I normally do but I’m glad I did it :)

  21. Hannah
    / 10:41 pm

    hehee! I’d agree with you – especially the dental care, I got a fair bit done after I had Reuben ;)

    Thanks for linking! #TheList xxx

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:44 pm

      Ha Hannah I’m already planning what I’ll do after – need to make the most of it! :)

  22. Alyssa Mumtoamonster
    / 2:34 pm

    I loved being pregnant most of the time. I miss my baby bump

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:43 pm

      Ah you do miss it afterwards don’t you! Although I must say, I was glad to have my body back :)

  23. Fatima @ Baby Toddler Me
    / 1:46 pm

    Ha ha! I’m pregnant with my third as well, and can relate to many things on this list. Living in London, I definitely love getting a seat on public transport! I also love feeling my little baba move inside me. It’s a very precious feeling. I wish you all the best with your pregnancy. x

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:43 pm

      Oh thank you Fatima! I love those kicks and wriggles! Well, when they’re not in the ribs :)

  24. Franki
    / 9:51 am

    Although i loved that I was pregnant, I didn’t like being pregnant, and I’m dreading it if we have another. I could have done with this list to remind me of the bright side. Weirdly, I did miss my bump a bit once Luca was here and the kicks and wriggling in the bath. X

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:42 pm

      Thanks Franki, I feel exactly the same way and I did pre-pregnancy. It’s our last so trying not to complain toooo much :)

  25. Mrs H
    / 10:06 pm

    I agree with so many of these. Pregnancy was the only time I could get away with wearing skinny jeans. I also had lovely ungreasy hair and in the second trimester I felt brilliant. I also loved the way my husband was more protective – it was very cute. Thanks for linking up with #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:41 pm

      Oh me too Mrs H – you would not have caught me in skinny jeans pre-pregnancy very often but I live in them now! :)

  26. Kate Fever
    / 10:50 am

    I love being able to wear whatever I like without needing to breathe in lol – and am always in bed early too! #MMWBH

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:40 pm

      Ha Kate so true – it’s nice to just have a tummy that I’m proud of sticking out! :)

  27. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows
    / 12:59 pm

    I agree with these – our youngest is now 6 weeks and although I love him being here and don’t miss the aches and pains, I do miss my lovey bump and the kicks and somersaults, especially as he is our last baby. #sundaystars

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:39 pm

      Aww 6 weeks – congrats!! Ah yes, this is my last one too and so I’m trying to appreciate it :)

  28. Mini Travellers
    / 8:47 am

    I love this could have done with focusing on some of these when I was pregnant. I was never a fan! #sundaystars

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:39 pm

      It took a lot for me to really appreciate that it isn’t all bad lol :)

  29. Janette Davey
    / 8:40 am

    I have six children and love being pregnant. Can’t beat that first kick. Or when people are trying to guess what your baby is.

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:38 pm

      Oh I do love those bits too – there is so much to be happy about. Wow 6 children – I commend you!! :)

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:36 pm

      Ah it’s such a lovely thing to do isn’t it! :)

  30. mummyofboygirltwins
    / 8:31 am

    Agree! Get as much rest and relaxation as you can! And enjoy the compliments! I had twins, and so my pregnancy was very complicated. I didn’t enjoy it really. Each week I was so relieved that I got further along. The very end I relaxed a little more though. Jess xx

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:37 pm

      Ah thanks Jess and I completely understand – you had double the discomfort at the very least I bet but I would have been the same, just grateful every week that all was ok :)

  31. / 9:50 am

    I am going to show this to my friend as she is totally miserable in her pregnancy. Love the super positive approach! Man how I miss the free dental care….and the lush mane of hair that doesn’t need washing! X

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:35 pm

      Definitely do! Although tell her I complain a lot as well :)

  32. Emz
    / 11:51 am

    Definitely agree with the early nights, treats & compliments :) I loved the fact I could have a nap when I got back from work and use the ‘baby’ as an excuse! x

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:36 pm

      Ha ha thanks Emz – I must admit I use the baby as an excuse a LOT :) (don’t tell the hubby)

  33. Janine Dolan
    / 11:44 am

    I have to admit in the third trimester I tend to go to bed later now. #TheList

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:35 pm

      I’m 26 weeks now and and by 8pm I’m shattered – I’m jealous of your energy lol :)

  34. Isabella Griffiths
    / 9:17 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with the early nights and the hair – that indeed is a massive perk of pregnancy. Like you said in the beginning, I am didn’t like being pregnant particularly (though was also very grateful that I was lucky enough to have carried two beautiful children). But your list has reminded me that there are definitely advantages to being pregnant. :-)

    • mamamim blog
      / 7:34 pm

      They really are perks aren’t they! I’m so conscious of complaining all the time that I’m really trying to make an effort to focus on the positives :)

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