Photo credit: Jennifer Aline Graham
While some moms absolutely adore being pregnant, others would do anything to never experience it again. Every mother is unique which means every pregnancy is just as diverse. With that being said, not everyone will relate to what their friends or family members believe or experience during pregnancy.
Therefore, it’s comforting to hear all the different sides of the pregnancy coin.
The following real-life mamas share their thoughts when it comes to pregnancy – and they definitely don’t hold back.
What These Mamas Miss About Pregnancy
- The Kicks. “I miss the feel of the kicks and hiccups.” – Jessica Sugg, mother of three
- Movement. “I miss knowing she was safe and I could feel her moving.” – Ashley Marie, mother of one
- Feeling Sexy as Hell. “I miss feeling sexier than ever, having zero inhibitions over wearing a tight little, Bodycon dress, showing off that belly, and having self-confidence through the room.” – Catina Sonner, mother of one
- Calm State. “I miss my calm state of mind. When I’m pregnant, I’m in a semi-serene state knowing I’m growing my baby.” – Chelsea Renee, mother of two
- The Ultrasounds. “I didn’t have an easy or enjoyable pregnancy, but I always looked forward to the ultrasound visits. I loved seeing the babies grow and move on the screen as they moved inside of me. It was always crazy how much growth could happen between appointments.” – Jennifer Aline Graham, mother of two
Photo credit: Ashley Smith
What These Mamas Hate About Pregnancy
- The TMI Moments. “The Lightening Crotch and the discharge from ‘you know where.’ Sorry, if that’s TMI – but that’s real life!” – Jessica Sugg, mother of three
- Smell Sensitivities. “I hated the hyper smell sensitivity and the nausea that came with it. I would order something at a restaurant and would be dying to eat, but when it would arrive, the strong smell would hit me and it was game over.” – Catina Sonner, mother of one
- Lack of control. “I hate feeling like you have no control over your own body.” – Chelsea Marie, mother of one
- The Unknown. “The unknown and uncertainty. Having twins put me automatically as having a high risk pregnancy. You just never know what could happen.” – Stacy Michaels, mother of two
Photo credit: Jennifer Aline Graham
What These Mamas Love About Pregnancy
- A 24/7 Companion. “I loved having my little man with me 24/7 and just touching my belly for a quick ease of heart.” – Catina Sonner, mother of one
- Preparation. “I love the excitement of meeting my little one and preparing for them.” – Chelsea Renee, mother of two
- Guessing Game. “I absolutely loved feeling the babies (twins) move and kick. I would often have to try really hard at guessing whose feet were whose.” – Stacy Michaels, mother of two
- Creating Life. “Knowing I had created life was so amazing to me.” – Ashley Smith, mother of two
- Carefree with Clothes. “I loved wearing whatever clothes I wanted. I could wear a tight dress or top and embrace the big ol’ bump.” – Jennifer Aline Graham, mother of two
Photo credit: Renee’ Saraceni
What These Mamas Would Do Differently During Pregnancy
- Diet and Exercise. “I would have changed my diet with both pregnancies. I wouldn’t always give in to every craving. I would definitely had worked out and I would have been conscious of heavy things I shouldn’t lift – such as children.” – Jessica Sugg, mother of three
- Unplanned C-Section. “She was breach and stuck butt-first, so I ended up having an unplanned cesarean after about ten hours of labor.” – Ashley Marie, mother of one
- Rough Recovery. “I would change the way giving birth went. It was scary, super painful, and I needed an episiotomy. The experience was traumatic and recovery was rough.” – Catina Sonner, mother of one
- Opinionated People. “I never like how people talk to you and act toward pregnant women. I’ve definitely felt that pressure from people’s opinions during my pregnancies.” – Chelsea Renee, mother of two
- More Positive Light. “I had a lot going on during my pregnancy making it hard to mentally and emotionally enjoy the journey. I would have tried to relax and embrace all of the changes in a more positive light.” - Jennifer Aline Graham, mother of two
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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