What Pregnancy Taught Me
Being pregnant is the most beautiful experience a woman can have. It’s definitely a rollercoaster, but the end result is worth it.
Sometimes through the morning sickness, range of emotions, and discomfort of carrying around a big belly, it’s difficult to feel positive and enjoy your experience.
But once you’re holding your sweet little bundle in your arms, you will feel so proud of yourself and realize how much you’ve learned through the experience of being pregnant.
Before we begin…
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Here are 6 important lessons I learned from being pregnant:
1) How to Slow Down
Pre-pregnancy, I would take time for myself but maybe not as much time as I should have. I was constantly focused on blogging, keeping our house in order, and overall worried about “what needs to get done.”
Once I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to start putting myself first. Pregnancy taught me that it’s okay to slow down and take a break when you really need it.
It allowed me to truly focus on my own well-being before anything else. Because as the saying goes, you can’t fill from an empty cup.
2) How Important It Is To Make Time For Self Care
To go off of the last point, pregnancy taught me that self care time is crucial. I can look back at my pregnancy and say that I was truly in an overall positive mood and took really good care of myself.
I was journaling on a regular basis, getting fresh air on my walks, and would allow myself to nap without the guilt of “I should be doing something productive right now.”
Embracing self care made me a happier person. It is something that I am sure to make time for on a regular basis.
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3) Not To Take Anything For Granted
My pregnancy journey wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. My very first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 6 weeks. This made me a little extra anxious the next time around because I was so concerned about the next pregnancy not going well.
But I will also tell you this: that experience of my first pregnancy made me truly embrace my second.
I allowed myself to feel the feelings of anxiousness but then let those feelings go so that I could focus on the positives. I feel at the start of my second pregnancy, I was truly ready to dive in.
Instead of being nervous about morning sickness and all the changes my body was going to go through, I took them on head on.
I didn’t take any of my pregnancy for granted because I knew that I would rather go through that crazy 9 months than experience another loss.
If you are pregnant, do your very best to appreciate what you’re going through instead of dwelling on symptoms that will only be temporary.
4) What I’m Truly Capable Of
Pregnancy taught me what I am capable of. I feel that sometimes I’m the type who feels they can do something because I’m not good or smart enough.
Leading up to giving birth, it didn’t feel real that I was actually going to do it. It’s one of those things that I was so afraid of for so long. And now after giving birth, I’m still in awe that I did it!
I have a new found confidence after going through pregnancy and giving birth. I was able to do the one thing in life that I was always scared of. It’s an incredible feeling to be on a new, higher level of confidence.
It’s a long 9 months, folks! Pregnancy will 100% teach you patience. You will have to be patient with yourself as you navigate emotions. You’ll need to be patient with your body as it evolves each month.
And you’ll have to learn how to be patient while waiting to meet your beautiful baby! It’s a very long process but nothing will teach you patience better than pregnancy.
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6) Go With The Flow
During pregnancy and now in motherhood, I’ve learned to go with the flow. Each day can be different and you have to be ready to take on whatever comes your way.
One day your nausea may be mild, the next day you may not want to eat a single thing. Symptoms will come and go.
Each stage of pregnancy will bring on new challenges and you will have to adjust. It will prepare you for when your little one arrives because each day will be a new adventure with them as well!
Final Thoughts on What Pregnancy Taught Me
Looking back on my pregnancy, I learned so much about myself and what I’m capable of doing. I also learned how to prepare for the next one! What did you learn during pregnancy? share in the comments!