Saturday, September 21, 2013

Being pregnant... sucks!

[Let me preface this by saying that I feel incredibly lucky to be pregnant with Colton and I would not change this experience for anything. I waited 4 years for this baby and I feel blessed every day to be his mommy. BUUUT, that doesn't mean that every day is a walk in the park...]

Let me just say... Being pregnant officially sucks. There. I said it. At 33 weeks pregnant I have officially gotten sick and tired of being pregnant. I just want my baby out and in my arms. Here is my reasoning as to why being pregnant sucks.

1. Body Image Issues. I would probably be completely content with pregnancy if this horrible "reason" wasn't a constant in my life. For those of you that don't know, about 3 years ago I joined Weight Watchers and lost about 40 pounds in 7-8 months. I was pretty happy in my size small shirts and size 6 (sometimes size 4!!!!) skirts from Loft. Then I became pregnant. And even though my hubby is wonderful and tells me that the weight I'm gaining isn't "fat" it's "baby," it still doesn't make me feel any better about myself. I've gained over 40, yes, OVER 40 pounds throughout this pregnancy. My cute clothes laugh at me every time I open the closet door and have to stuff my big ole' belly into my frumpy maternity clothes. :(

2. Being Uncomfortable. Everything is uncomfortable now. And I do mean everything... walking, sleeping, sitting... You name it, it's uncomfortable!

3. Getting Winded Walking Up The Stairs [or anywhere really]. I literally feel as though i've ran a marathon every time I walk up or down the stairs. It's pretty sad and pretty pathetic.

4. This Big Ole' Belly Getting In The Way of EVERYTHING. It's huge. It's in the way. I can't remember the last time I was able to lean over and see my elephant feet. Everything is tough with this big ole' belly getting in the way!

5. Not Being Able to Sleep. This goes with point #2. Before I became pregnant I already suffered from horrible insomnia. Nyquil every night? CHECK! Now I can't take anything but an occasional Tylenol PM, which does notttthinngggg for me.

6. Being Tired. Every. Single. Moment. Of. Every. Single. Day. This point speaks for itself. It doesn't matter how much caffeine or coffee I drink, I still feel like death. (And yes, I do drink caffeine and coffee. Don't judge me!)

7. Swelling. Every day I wake up and go to sleep looking and feeling like an elephant. My feet are sooo swollen that I for real look like an elephant. That's not embarrassing at all.

8. Emotional Outbursts. On Thursday as I was walking my stubborn pooch of a dog, she decided to be stubborn and not go potty. I got soo frustrated, I ran upstairs to my room and instantly burst into tears. Yes, all because my dog wouldn't pee in the freaking yard. Pathetic? I think so!

9. Stretch Marks. Do I need to elaborate any more than that? I am officially marked. I just pray no more of these dreaded marks show up. HA, I'm sure that's wishful thinking... Gross.

10. Hot flashes. I'm constantly hot. It doesn't help that I work at an outdoor school and it's literally 10000000000 degrees out still. I constantly break out in hot flashes. This also goes with #2, because being hot 99.999999% of the day is pretty uncomfortable.

11. Allergies. For the first few months of being pregnant, I was constantly sick. It's like I instantaneously had allergies [that I never had before.] And even though they have tapered off once I hit month 5, they still sometimes rear they're ugly head and make me feel like poop.

12. Not Feeling Pretty. Okay, where is the pregnancy glow everyone talks about? I sure don't feel it. I know, I know, being pregnant is such a beautiful thing. Bullshit. Everything grows and expands when you become pregnant. Your thighs, your belly, your butt. The only good thing that grows when you become pregnant is your boobs [although, it's not like I needed any help in that department...] This point brings me back to point #1.

13. Not Being Able to do Things for Yourself. I can't paint my toe nails myself. I can barely put my shoes on myself. Shaving my legs is a total joke. I feel pretty incompetent when I have to ask my husband to paint my toe nails, ha!

14. No Wine. Yes, I will add this to my list. Because whether you like it or not, I miss my wine. I miss happy hour with my Marcella crew. I miss drinking at home with my hubs while watching movies. I miss wine nights with my BFF while watching Secret Life of the American Teenager. I miss visiting my brother in Austin and enjoying a cold beverage on his back deck. You best believe that I am counting down the days until I am able to enjoy a glass of Chardonnay. [don't judge me.]

There are many, many other things I could add to this list. But, I will stop here because I already sound like a complaining ungrateful mother.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love Colton and would go through pregnancy 100 times over if it means I get a beautiful, healthy baby at the end of it. But, it doesn't mean I have to like every moment of it. But, I will say, it's more than worth it! 

[[Keep in mind that this post is written by an extremely emotional, sleep deprived, over worked, cranky 33 weeks pregnant woman. HA!]]


  1. I feel ya! I had such a hard time being pregnant with my twins and felt guilty hating the hard parts because we worked so hard to become pregnant (and not in the fun way). There were times toward the end where you could watch me sit perfectly still and breathe like I had just run a marathon. You're getting close, hang in there and rest when you can!

  2. Hang in there, mama! Being pregnant isn't always a walk in the park, but so worth it. Whenever I was having a rough day I would just remind myself to cherish the moment because I wasn't responsible for my baby yet. "Enjoy this, because no one needs you right now" was my motto. Your body is doing incredible things right now, even though you're not feeling too incredible about it :) Take time for you, put your feet up at night, and *try* to enjoy the last few weeks. You're in the home stretch!

  3. I can't believe you're 33 weeks already!! I remember when you were just announcing it! It'll be over before you know it and you can enjoy a BIG glass of wine soon!

  4. the good news... it will all go away! well maybe not the emotional shit. or the sleepyness... but you wont even think about it all once colton is in your arms. be strong, youre doing something truly amazing right now and it takes everything from you, including your sanity! but ill leave you with three little words that youll come ti find out in just 7 weeks (or less)... totally. worth. it.

  5. I'm sure all of this is very true--but you are getting very close to the end, very close to having that treasured little one, and that is exciting!!

  6. Hang in there buddy! These last few weeks are hard, but like Danielle said you won't even remember these days once little man arrives :)

  7. You are so very close. YOu can do this!!!! You will be back in those loft skirts really soon!!!!! After losing 2 pregnancies I always feel so guilty if I complain about anything pregnancy related. It's such a difficult place to be in sometimes.

  8. and then add having to teach on top of that...

  9. I cant believe you work in an OUTDOOR school. You are definitely one tough momma. Your poor swollen feet :(
    Have you tried getting a massage? Maybe that would help with the soreness and swelling.

  10. Awww you are doing great! I know it gets tough, just try to keep the end in sight. Every pregnant mama is allowed to vent. It's alright. We (mama's) all understand. :)

  11. I thought pregnancy sucked too...especially because I was so sick all the time...but now I look back and I would so do it again...haha

  12. I feel ya girlfriend. 30 weeks this week and I am SO over it. As far as sleeping is concerned...I've taken Diphenhydramine every single night since I've known I was pregnant (with the approval of my doc, of course) and my kid is fine. I can't imagine I'd sleep more than 3 hours without it. Already I'm up 5-9 times a night peeing (And people wonder why we don't want to be pregnant anymore..) so any little bit more I can get is savory to me. It's found in benadryl & tylenol PM, but if you don't want to add the extra medication (which I don't), you can simply buy the "sleep" part of it, labeled Diphenhydramine.
    As for the wine - I haven't given that up completely. A glass here and there is perfectly fine. Again, my kid is totally healthy and her mama is much more capable of putting up with these craptastic pregnancy symptoms because of it.
    As they say - if mama ain't happy, nobody's happy. ;)

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  14. aw poor cait!! Well by now you're past 33 weeks and on maternity leave so I'm sure all these points are still around however, you look gorgeous in your pics and i'm sure it will all get better when Colton is out :)

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