Pregnancy is a miraculous time in a woman's life, but that does not mean only bells and giggles. It can be uncomfortable at times, and you may find yourself longing for pleasures from the pre-pregnancy life you may not have appreciated before. Some you will get back after childbirth, others you will get back with time, and a few you may never see again, depending on different variables. Here is a select list of things you can kiss goodbye for a while.
Alcohol and caffeine are off-limits for the expecting mom. While it is not the end of the world to give up booze for nine months, it can be frustrating for many pregnant women. There is no way around it other than childbirth. The good news is that it is temporary, and your 'dry' spell will be over soon.
With pregnancy comes a list of forbidden foods, like sushi, raw meats, soft cheeses, and more. It is interesting how our cravings can be for just what we cannot have. Every expecting mom misses one type of food or another. It is essential to curb your crabbing and avoid those forbidden foods for the health of your baby. Keep telling yourself it is only for nine months.
As soon as you get pregnant, you'll have to stop doing certain physical activities as they can prove to be dangerous to you and your baby. These include lifting heavy weights, specific yoga postures, sauna baths or hot tubs, amusement park rides, running, jogging, cycling, high impact aerobics, downhill skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, surfing, water-skiing, and horseback riding.
During the first and third trimesters, you will most likely miss having a good night's sleep!
During the first trimester, you will find that you wake up a few times a night to empty your bladder or are awakened by leg cramps. Even if you do get a good night's sleep, you may find that you are tired 'for no good reason.' Well, there is a good reason growing inside you that makes your body work around the clock to help your unborn baby grow and develop.
During your second trimester, you may get some better night's sleep, but in the third trimester, you will find it even harder than the first trimester to get a good night's rest again. Now you cannot sleep on your back or belly, and it is harder to find a comfortable position to sleep in. Nighttime trips to the bathroom are back, and you may also have strange dreams that will interrupt your sleep.
It may be unpleasant, but there are ways to help you get comfortable and help you get the rest you need. Ultra-soft and stretchy maternity nightwear can help you enjoy a good night's sleep. Not drinking right before bed will minimize your need to urinate. And talking to your partner about your dreams, fears, and concerns, as well as other feelings, will help resolve them, so they don't take over your dreams. You will still not get the sleep you used to pre-pregnancy, but at least you will get the rest your body needs.
A usual sense of smell is not something you will enjoy during your pregnancy. Most women experience a heightened sense of smell due to an elevated level of hormones while pregnant. Thankfully, this sensitivity to smells is temporary and will subside after the delivery. In the meantime, try to avoid smells that bother you, especially ones that lead to nausea.
Whether you dreamed of being pregnant since you can remember or it caught you by surprise, at some point during these nine months, you will find yourself looking at other women and missing your pre-pregnancy body. Some of the changes to your body, other than your growing belly, may surprise you. Expecting moms find that their body is changing in ways they did not expect. Swollen feet, larger breasts, and the changing belly button are just a few changes you can expect.
As your first trimester passes, you'll really miss passionate sex with your partner as doing so would hurt the baby. In other words, you'll miss being physically close to your husband. You may still sex, but it will not feel you same as pre-pregnancy. Instead, you'll feel emotionally closer to him than you ever have.
To feel better about yourself and your changing body, make sure to perform pregnancy-friendly exercises. You will be surprised what a moderate workout can do to both your body and feeling. Dress the part, and enjoy the wonders of makeup. Comfy and stylish maternity clothes can make you look fashionable, believe it or not. Don't hide your bump, instead show it off. Use whatever makes you feel good about yourself.
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