You're Not Alone

You may have envisioned pregnancy being all about glowing skin and kicking your feet up while you're husband serves you heaping bowls of ice cream and reads you chapters of What to Expect When You're Expecting. The truth is it's not always so rosy.

Pregnant woman resting

Discomfort

Many women have no idea how uncomfortable pregnancy is until they experience it for themselves. Between feeling completely nauseous for three months (or more!), carrying around an additional 20 to 30 pounds (particularly in the latter months) and having heartburn almost non-stop, pregnancy isn't always smooth sailing. We're not going to tell you to "keep your eye on the prize" or that "it will all be worth it once baby arrives," because chances are you've heard that before.

You can, however, work to alleviate your discomfort at each stage. Pamper yourself with a prenatal massage which can help reduce morning sickness. And instead of eating large meals that can result in painful heartburn, eat small portions of bland foods (avoid spicy or acidic foods) and sip water with your meals. Try to get as much rest as possible as exhaustion can definitely make your pregnancy mood take an even more sour turn.

Self consciousness

Many moms-to-be end up feeling self conscious about their pregnancy bodies. We're here to tell you that you should learn to love those beautiful new curves — we're betting your partner loves the extra weight on you whether you like it or not! But if that doesn't make you feel better, ask the salesperson at a maternity store for some advice on dressing your new curves. We advise you to avoid hiding out in large, tent-like dresses for the next nine months and instead show off those curves with fitted (but not tight!) clothing. And don't even give the size on the tag a second look during this time of your life.

Go ahead and laugh at yourself

You don't have to pretend to be all in love with being pregnant for the duration of your gestation. Give your friends a little insight into the realities of pregnancies by joking about the number of times you have to get up in the night to go potty or how you inhaled a bag of veggie chips on your own one night in an effort to satiate an uncontrollable pregnancy craving. No, pregnancy is not all you may have expected it to be but at least you can learn to laugh about it instead of being bummed out until baby arrives. It's all about attitude, baby!

Find women who can relate

If you're really struggling with your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about your feelings. She may have some suggestions to ease your discomfort or may be able to determine if you are experiencing prenatal depression. It also might help to find a group of other expectant mothers who don't love pregnancy either — not in a misery loves company type of way, rather in an effort to work out your feelings with others who understand what you are going through.

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