My pregnancy is rounding out now with just about six weeks left until this baby greets the world with a bang. It’s gone by so fast, and while there are some strains in my pregnancy right now that are making me wish time would speed up a bit, I don’t want it to go by too quickly.
I love being pregnant — side effects and symptoms and all — and as I reflect on the past 32 weeks of pregnancy, I am thankful for this experience. This will likely be my last, because this will be our fourth child, and with all the complications we’ve encountered with this pregnancy, my husband and I are finally feeling that closure we’ve heard others talk about. It’s hard to close that door. But when you know, you just know.
So today, as I reflect on my past three pregnancies and my fourth now, I can recount all the unforgettable moments I’ll always carry with me — even if I’ll never experience them firsthand again.
Here are 15 unforgettable moments in pregnancy that I hope you all get to experience, even if it’s just once.
15 Unforgettable Moments in Pregnancy 1 of 16
I'll remember these moments forever.
Sharing Your News 2 of 16
The moment when you're ready to tell the world, or at least your friends and family, that you are expecting a little baby is so amazing. You finally get to let go of this secret you've been holding in and feel safe getting excited.
Making Your First Doctor/Midwife Appointment 3 of 16
If you've never experienced pregnancy before, this phone call is exciting, but it's still one of the memorable moments if this isn't your first time. It's exciting to share on the phone why you need an appointment. This is when it all becomes more real.
Hearing Your Baby’s Heartbeat 4 of 16
Oh, what a lovely sound! The fast, quiet "pitter patter" that just makes your heart sing.
Experiencing Your First Craving 5 of 16
It's like nothing else when you have a true NEED for that hamburger or that piece of fruit. It is surprising how primal that is and how strong it comes for the most random things.
Starting a Scrabook 6 of 16
Okay, so not all parents-to-be do this, but for me, making that first page in my child's scrapbook was extremely memorable. Sharing the story of how we found out there was life growing within is a magical time.
Writing a Letter to Your Unborn Babe 7 of 16
You never know what to say, and it can feel strange writing to someone you've never met face-to-face, but documenting those real-life emotions can be a powerful experience.
Feeling That First Kick 8 of 16
Whether it's the "What was that?" flutter or a full-on kick, that moment is so powerful that it's hard to put into words.
Starting Your Weekly Belly Photos 9 of 16
I can still remember for each of my children how I felt when I saw photos of my changing shape. Although they may seem like a nuisance while you're taking them, those photos will make sure you never forget this progression.
Having Your Belly Touched by a Complete Stranger 10 of 16
I don't know why people think this is okay (I don't think it is!), but it always seems to happen. You will always remember that moment and how you felt when a stranger put their hands on you — and you're not always left with good feelings.
Arguing Over Baby Names 11 of 16
Choosing a name for your baby can be really easy for some new moms and dads, while for others it may be a struggle. You will always remember that name that one of you fought so hard for, but never made it past the baby-name gate.
Buying Your First Baby Item 12 of 16
Oh, that moment when you pick up your first baby item for purchase will forever be burned into your memory. It's when things start to get real, and you're noting how small and cute everything is.
Watching Your Belly Move 13 of 16
When your baby gets big enough, not only will you feel your baby moving, but you'll see it as well. It's a weird moment where you feel very alien-like.
Waking up and Having Nothing Fit 14 of 16
Just when you think you can't get any bigger, you do, and you outgrow all your clothes. That moment staring into your closet and not sure what to wear is a moment you'll always remember.
Realizing You Now Waddle 15 of 16
It's not a kind memory, but it is kind of funny. That time you realize your hips ache, and you can't seem to walk without a little wiggle no matter how hard you try.
Feeling Your First Contraction 16 of 16
It's one of those pains you never forget, yet you seem to want to go through it again anyway. The first time you experience a real labor contraction brings with it so many emotions, and it's exciting and oh-so-memorable!
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