There are some things in life you need to experience to understand. Like pregnancy. If you have ever been in this (pudding) club, this list will make your day.
Pregnant women glow. They’re radiant with the delighted expectation of new life and the joy of bringing a baby into the world. Right?
Well…sometimes. But let’s be honest. Pregnancy is not all about glowing. At all.
The experience of sharing your own body with a whole other human being is sometimes not all it’s cracked up to be. Don’t get me wrong. It’s amazing and kind of a miracle of nature, but it comes with downsides too.
These are 8 things only pregnant women will understand:
1. Walking up a flight of stairs becomes an endurance event.
No need to sign up for that half-marathon you’ve been considering. As your baby grows your internal organs get squashed up and end up in places they shouldn’t, like where your lungs usually go. That means your breathing capacity gets increasingly limited as time goes on and you find yourself getting a taxi across the city to avoid walking up a hill.
2. You feel overwhelming gratitude for people who give up seats on public transport for you.
Whether you’re on a train for 3 stops, or until the end of the line, when someone offers you their seat it’s basically the same as being offered an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii. This is the pregnancy equivalent of lounging by the pool sipping (non-alcoholic) cocktails
3. BUT You experience deep conflict when a dear old granny offers you their seat on public transport.You desperately want to sit down, but there’s something deeply wrong about taking a seat from someone’s granny. Do you politely refuse, and glare at the healthy (male) passengers around you while you and your swollen ankles suffer in silence, or do you take up the offer and watch with guilt as granny is jostled by your fellow commuters?
4. Getting off the couch becomes akin to circus acrobatics.
Pregnant tummies are unwieldy. They throw your centre of balance off, while making it absolutely impossible to bend over or push yourself out of a chair. I’ve been known to roll off the couch in an effort to stand up. It’s very embarrassing and no, I will not post a video of me doing it for your entertainment purposes.