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    I really, really dislike being pregnant. I had severe morning sickness for about the first 20 weeks (which couldn't even be slightly controlled with medication), and then bad morning sickness that is mostly controlled by medication ever since.

    I also was not prepared for how quickly and dramatically my body would change. I literally feel like a stranger in my own skin. I also find dependence on others completely terrifying, and I've had to depend on others a lot in the last 8.5 months (first with the morning sickness, and now with debilitating SPD that has left me bed bound).

    I also really dislike the extra attention from others - the constant "How are you feeling? Are you ok? Should you be lifting that? Can I get you anything?" ... it makes me feel helpless.

    We had a really long TTC journey and had actually given up the hope of ever having children many years before we fell pregnant with this one, so no one knows better than I do how lucky we are to be having this baby. Still, I never want to feel this bad for this long ever again!

    I do like the kicks and rolls though

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    No not really.
    I've been pregnant 7 times. My 6th was a missed miscarriage.
    I had healthy pregnancies aside from the whole first trimester sick all day and night with them all. From my third pregnancy I had horrible ligament pains that woke me at night from the second trimesters. That was unbelievably painful. Worse than labor.

    I was anxious in all of my pregnancies though I hid it well. I hated the unknown and the possibility of a hidden problem.
    I think my 5th was my happiest.
    After the mmc my 7th pregnancy was hard to enjoy.
    I did adore feeling the babies move though. I am the woman with her hand on her tummy nearly constantly when pregnant.
    Love that after birth glow too.

    No more for me though. I really don't think I could do it again mentally.

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    I loved it. I even enjoyed being 10 days overdue.

    Sure I don't miss the fluctuating hormones, nausea, tiredness, soreness and BIRTH but I would do it all over again.

    I loved the bond I had with DD that was only ours. I loved knowing her before I'd seen her. I loved knowing what it felt like when she moved or had hiccups. Most of all I love that she shifted and re-shaped my heart in ways I didn't expect possible... all before she was born!

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    Default Do you like being pregnant?

    With DS I did. We'd had a previous loss, so I was just happy to be pregnant with a healthy baby. I was tired, but also working long hours so it wasn't just the pregnancy. No MS or anything like that. I did have high BP from roughly 28 weeks and was made to leave work earlier than intended becaus of it (32 weeks I think), but apart from that, I was fine. The last few weeks were hard and uncomfortable though, especially as he was a week overdue!

    With DD, I didn't enjoy it so much. I struggled a lot as mushy food made me gag (luckily I could handle crunchy salads!), I couldn't handle a lot of smells - meat cooking, strong scents, my husband!, and didn't eat a lot or I felt sick. And then from about 25 weeks I think, she was lying on an angle and grinding her head into my hip. So that made getting around painful and sitting uncomfortable. I also got really sick with 10ish weeks to go and had trouble breathing with asthma type symptoms. She also never went head down or engaged and as DS had been an emergency c-section, knew an elective was probably going to happen. Had her at 38 weeks and was so glad she was out! We were done anyway, but I don't think I would have gone again even if we had wanted a third.

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    I've actually taken some comfort in reading through these responses. Sometimes, I feel like I'm overreacting, like I'm a wuss and weaker than other women because I struggle so much with pregnancy.

    I'll be 12 weeks tomorrow, threw up yesterday, feel like I'm going to throw up again tonight. Don't feel like anything for dinner, my diet is horrible at the moment because I have an aversion to just about everything. My fatigue is getting a bit better thankfully but this constant nausea really wears me down.

    I am hoping that this is my last pregnancy - really hoping that everything is ok and goes well. My first was horrible too, of course the end result is worth is but we only had a second because of how important our siblings are to both DP and myself and we didn't want an only child.

    I had 17 weeks of shocking nausea and vomiting with DD, and once that finally started to fade, my SPD was well and truly established and my heartburn became so bad it started causing me to throw up anyway. So yeah. If this baby is healthy, this is it for me. There were also the swollen legs and feet and cramps that woke me up screaming, not that I was able to get comfortable enough to sleep anyway towards the end and whilst at first I did enjoy feeling baby move, by the end, there were days I needed help getting up because she was somehow stuck in my ribs or something and I couldn't move.

    I feel like a bad parent, a bad partner, a bad employee and just not at all like myself when pregnant. It's quite comforting to read that I'm not the only one who feels this way. I try not to complain to DP, because I feel like pregnancy should be something that women can do and have done forever and when you talk to other people who say they loved being pregnant I just feel like such a failure.

    Anyway, scan next Friday and I am really excited about that

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    No I don't like being pregnant. Love the end result but not the process. I have quite easy pregnancies and births (so far) but am still not a fan

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    I really loved being pregnant. Even if with DS I had bad heartburn and pelvic issues.

    I loved the excitement of knowing I was growing my little human. It was like a 9 month build up to Christmas. I loved the kicks, it was like I was never alone because they were with me. It was comforting. I loved my belly and watching it change as they grew.

    But I recognise apart from the pelvic issues I had pretty low risk pregnancies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallpotatoes View Post
    I really loved being pregnant. Even if with DS I had bad heartburn and pelvic issues.

    I loved the excitement of knowing I was growing my little human. It was like a 9 month build up to Christmas. I loved the kicks, it was like I was never alone because they were with me. It was comforting. I loved my belly and watching it change as they grew.

    But I recognise apart from the pelvic issues I had pretty low risk pregnancies.
    I felt like that too and I did love that part. Having that special bond.
    But the anxiety outweighed those moments unfortunately.
    The baby and health of the baby was just always on my mind. It made me sort of obsessive I think.

    My pregnancies were low risk too. I'm very grateful for that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebirdgirl View Post
    I felt like that too and I did love that part. Having that special bond.
    But the anxiety outweighed those moments unfortunately.
    The baby and health of the baby was just always on my mind. It made me sort of obsessive I think.

    My pregnancies were low risk too. I'm very grateful for that much.
    I actually just went and re read my pregnancy journal from DS. Nearly every post I was stressed and anxious about something. Now that I'm finished having babies I had completely forgotten the stress.

    eta - its like I have rose coloured glasses because I'm sad that the good parts will never happen again

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    Nope I don't like pregnancy. I had bad news and needed emergency surgery at 6 weeks preg with my first baby. He stuck in there against odds which we are every grateful for but it wasn't a fun pregnancy. Had bad MS until around 17 weeks, then pelvic instability from from 26 weeks. I was so glad it was over by 37 weeks when he decided to arrive as I was completely over it.

    This preg I am high risk, I had bad MS again, have had complications, many specialist appointments/meds and another stint in hospital. Luckily again though baby is doing well I'm just not really physically coping. Totally completely exhausted this time too. After this bub we aren't having anymore so 2 is it for us. My body just doesn't seem to physically cope well with pregnancy and it's been very stressful at times. I'm 31 weeks and on the count down til he arrives that's for sure!


 

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