When I was pregnant the first time around I sort of naively assumed that I would have a cute, little, round belly pretty early on. The reality: I didn’t even start to show remotely until at least 18-20 weeks.
For those first 20 weeks my appearance was that of a woman who had eaten one too many burritos. I was too big for my regular clothes and too small for maternity clothes. No one could tell I was pregnant except me and to everyone else I just looked chubby.
Then my belly magically appeared one day and it was wonderful. People could finally tell I was pregnant and I looked forward to the rest of my pregnancy with a cute little baby bump.
Well…for anyone that’s ever been pregnant before you probably know that things didn’t go as I had imagined. I learned the hard way that pregnancy has a “sweet spot”…one that lasts only a few short months before you start looking very puffy and beached whale-esque.
So to recap, here’s what pregnancy looked like for me:
Months 1-5: Appearance – chubby girl who really loves burritos. Symptoms – Nausea, sore boobs, extreme fatigue, the usual…
Months 5-7: Appearance – cute, little, round belly. Glowing skin and nice hair. Symptoms – none worth mentioning.
Months 7-9: Appearance – like one of those floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Hair/face was a total hot mess. Symptoms – Adema, extreme fatigue (again), sore boobs (again), tons of weird aches and pains, and PUPPS.
Yes. You read that correctly. Out of those 9 months in which I carried human life, there was basically a two month window when pregnancy looked great on me and I felt fantastic and wonderful and had energy. That’s 22% of my pregnancy. Not a wonderful percentage. I’m not complaining…just stating facts. The pregnancy “sweet spot” is a real thing you guys.
I have currently arrived at month five of my second pregnancy and am basking in this “sweet spot”. I feel good. I look pretty cute. And I can still sort of sleep at night. I’m remembering to stop and celebrate the little things this time around.
Here’s to cute, round baby bumps! …While they last.
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.