Pregnancy is a wonderful time of every woman’s life. Right from the very first day, one gets pregnant everything starts looking surreal but soon when the pregnancy side effects start surfacing emotions start taking a turn. And, as you approach the third trimester- mainly 8th and 9th months it is almost like a 360-degree shift in your emotional well-being. Today, I am doing this post in which I will tell you those 10 things I missed most during pregnancy. As my belly started to protrude to show that sweet bump there were certain things that either I needed to sacrifice or I was incapable of doing anymore. The irony is that I did not realize the importance of these petty things until I stopped doing them. I feel that as I was prohibited from executing these little things I got to know the importance they held in my life. Now, let’s start with the list.
1) Lying on my back- Number# 1 on my list is lying on the back. For more than 9 months I did not lie on my back. It might not sound a great deal to you but to me, by the 9th month, I was craving to lie on my back. Actually, in pregnancy lying flat on the back is not recommended as the baby is pressing on the vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart. So, if you continue sleeping on the back it might create complications during pregnancy. When my pregnancy started, seldom did I know that this sleeping position will become a craving for me one day.
2) Eating the favorite foods- In pregnancy, you are given a long list of foods that you cannot eat. I am not a foodie but there are certain foods that I like a lot. I did not have any special craving for food or edibles during my entire pregnancy but I did miss savoring the taste buds with some of the delicacies like methi parantha, coffee, etc. Basically, during the initial months of pregnancy, you should omit all those foods that lead to heat generation in the body as the stability of the fetus takes utmost importance at that time.
3) Fitting into my favorite clothes- This is the most common thing that most of the pregnant women miss. As the tummy grows bigger and bigger everything from the closet seems like stop fitting. During the entire pregnancy period, I did not wear any trousers or jeans as I was scared that it would suffocate the baby. I did not go for the maternity version of jeans as I do not see any sense in investing in something that you know you won’t use after delivery (so confident of shedding the pregnancy weight: P). Rather I bought free flowing dresses in which I felt comfortable and I was confident I would be able to style them even after the delivery.
4) Laser treatment- I used to undergo laser hair removal treatments but during pregnancy, I stopped taking them. I consulted with different doctors and searched online whether to continue with laser treatment during pregnancy or not. Everyone had a different opinion and I could not find a satisfactory answer so I chose to put a halt on the treatment. I am happy that now I would be able to resume what I left in the middle.
5) Shopping alone- This might sound absurd but I used to miss the independence and freedom. I love random and alone shopping trips as they give me the liberty to spend as much time as I want shopping. In pregnancy, I stopped going out alone as I did not feel confident about it. By the mid 9th month walking became increasingly difficult and I had to absolutely stop going out.
6) Exploring new places- During these 9 months, I made two trips outside the country but because of my health condition I could not make much out of these two trips. No matter how much I wanted to explore the beautiful cities of Australia I could not do a great deal of it. Still, Sunny and my friends ensured that I see at least the most significant places. If I had been able to walk and exhaust myself I would not have missed even a single place.
7) Wearing heels- I had never ever worn flats in my life until I hit the 6th month of pregnancy. Everything was going smooth- I was exercising, wearing heels. In short, life was going well until one day when I went for the morning walk I experienced a stabbing pain in the pelvic area. It flipped the things as from that point onwards I started experiencing pain in the pelvic area while I walked and turned over in bed. The doctor referred to it as SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction). In this condition, the symphysis joint softens because of the excess production of a hormone called relaxin. So, to make things easier for myself I stopped wearing heels – not even an inch or two. I was totally on flats, which felt slightly awkward in the beginning but later I got used to it.
8) Workout- I am a fitness freak. I used to do heavy workouts before I got pregnant. After I got pregnant, I still used to do physical exercises but the game was modified then.
9) Hot showers-There’s nothing more relaxing than standing in a hot shower. Too bad that pregnant woman cannot stand in hot showers or sit in hot tubs for a long time as it is considered harmful for the baby.
10) Sound sleep- As I progressed to the third trimester, sound sleep became a luxury. My belly was protruded, I had soreness in the pelvic and rib area, and I gained a lot of weight. All these things made it worse for me to lie down on my sides. Every time I had to turn over, it was a painful task. I used to lay awake in bed for hours thinking about things I never paid attention to. In short, I was craving for a peaceful sleep as I knew I would not be able to catch up on it for good 3-4 months once the baby arrives in this world.
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