I saw this posted online at www.babycenter.com, and although it’s written for Canadian readers, I thought it was worth a read!
50 reasons to be glad you’re pregnant
We all have moments when we think, ‘Never again!’ during pregnancy: perhaps morning sickness is making you miserable or you’re 10 days overdue with not even a hint of a contraction. To remind you that being pregnant can be fun, we’ve rounded up some of the nice things about being an expectant mom.
1 Relishing the early weeks when only you and your partner know your special secret.
2 Knowing you’ve got nine whole months to plan, dream and fantasize.
3 Choosing maternity clothes – they’ve never been more practical or more sexy.
4 Now you’ve got the perfect excuse to pamper yourself – spending hours in a scented bath, enjoying a massage or rubbing soothing lotions into your growing bump.
5 Maternity rights in Canada are getting better all the time. You can now receive a combination of maternity and parental benefits up to a combined maximum of 50 weeks.
6 You can join a prenatal class and find a whole new bunch of friends (and don’t forget our BabyCenter Canada birth clubs: another great way to meet people due at the same time as you).
7 For once in your life you need to get heavier – pregnancy is nature’s way of making you feel good about putting on weight.
8 If this is your first baby, enjoy the next nine months sleeping late at weekends: you won’t get many chances later on.
9 At last you’ve got the bosom you’ve always wanted, which means you also have…
10 …a great excuse to buy lots of pretty new bras.
11 You’ll have a healthy glow without the packaged blush.
12 At last you’ll have something more than potted plants and your cat to care for and nurture.
13 Suddenly you’ll find you’re getting lots of extra attention from parents, friends, aunts and uncles, not to mention your partner.
14 You may find you develop a closer relationship with sisters, cousins or friends who are parents themselves. Congratulations, you’ve just won free admission to the parents’ club.
15 Telling your mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, dog the good news and watching their faces light up.
16 New talents — Whether it’s knitting bootees or assembling a crib, you’ll suddenly find yourself trying out all sorts of new skills.
17 Suddenly you’ll feel a new appreciation for your own mother and all she went through having you.
18 Decorating the nursery: one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do.
19 Feeling those first fluttering kicks and thinking, ‘Is that what I think it is? Or is it just wind?’
20 Feeling OK for sending your partner out for mushroom pizza followed by double-choc chip ice cream.
21 Your parents digging out your old crib or stroller, which they’ve kept safely all this time ‘just in case’.
22 Going for healthy walks with your partner and getting fresh air in your lungs because it’s good for you and good for your baby.
23 Enjoying the extra-vivid dreams you get in late pregnancy – and laughing about them with your friends.
24 Feeling a little pair of heels prodding under your diaphragm and knowing you’ll soon be meeting the little person they belong to!
25 Choosing baby clothes – or just strolling through the malls planning what you’re going to buy.
26 Writing a pregnancy diary for your baby to read in the future.
27 Getting someone to take photos of you smiling over your enormous bump so that, one day, you can look back and be amazed you were ever that size.
28 Finding out how many people there are out there ready to care for you: doctors, nurses, midwives, lactation consultants.
29 Lying in bed with your partner’s arms around you and your bump, knowing that love has created a new life.
30 Enjoying indulgences, such as evenings out, weekends away and anything else you might not be able to do so easily once the baby arrives.
31 Knowing that from now on, whatever happens, you’ll never be bored again.
32 Making new friends whenever you go shopping – everyone has a pregnancy story to share.
33 You can spend whole evenings debating whether to call your baby Hermione or Cleopatra, Fritz or Stanley
34 Imagining what he or she will look like. Your sweet little ears, of course, and his sexy eyes.
35 Dreaming about, “My daughter the prime minister/pop star/brain surgeon.”
36 Looking at your growing bump in the mirror and realizing there’s a person in there!
37 Making out a squirmy outline on the ultrasound monitor. Asking for the pic to take home and pinning it up next to your work station, or just keeping it in your bag to sneak looks at.
38 The expression on your partner’s face as he sees the test strip turn blue, looks at your growing bump or feels the baby kicking.
39 Buying that first little cuddly toy for your baby, not somebody else’s.
40 Making that phone call to your partner to tell him that – we’re off! – labour has started.
41 Trying out all those exercises you learned at prenatal class and finding out that they actually work.
42 Being held and supported throughout a contraction by your partner/midwife/labour companion and knowing that you can trust them totally.
43 Finding out, as the contractions get tough, that your repertoire of swear words is far more extensive than you ever realized!
44 Making an informed choice about pain relief and finding that it’s right for you at that stage in labour.
45 That huge rush of pleasure and relief when, suddenly, all the pain and effort stops.
46 Looking into your newborn’s eyes and falling utterly in love.
47 Watching your partner kiss the midwife, the doctor, cleaning lady, delivery man and anyone else he can find because his joy and pride are overwhelming.
48 Opening a bottle of bubbly to celebrate, whatever the time of day or night.
49 Making all those phone calls to announce the arrival. Telling everyone the news and hearing the excitement in their voices.
50 Waking up to see your baby sleeping next to you and thinking, ‘Wow! This is real. I’m a mom!’