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The Best and Worst Parts of My Pregnancy

Darcy is back with another pregnancy update! See all posts by Darcy, here

I won’t say I dislike being pregnant. I kind of like it – well, parts of it. I try not to complain much though it’s no surprise that there are parts of pregnancy that aren’t very fun. I’m almost to the halfway point and that brings my favorite and least favorite things about being pregnant.

The Best Parts of Pregnancy

  • The developing baby belly that begins to get more defined.
  • Feeling baby move for the first time.
  • Feeling baby kick and get stronger.
  • Finding out if baby is a boy or girl! (If you like finding out from an ultrasound)
  • More energy.

The first flutters and pokes are exciting, but I like to feel baby dancing and kicking to music. I’m really looking forward to my daughter’s reaction to feeling her sibling moving around. I am also very glad to get some energy back and look more preggo and less like I ate too much cake.

My very favorite part is coming up soon – the 20 week ultrasound! I like finding out if baby is a girl or boy and seeing my growing sweetpea on screen. With my daughter I had about 2 or 3 ultrasounds already by the time I was 20 weeks. This time I’ve only had one so far at about 6 weeks along.

This upcoming ultrasound is when my husband starts to be more excited. Up til then, it’s mostly just my inner experience that is hard to share with him.

The Worst (or Least Favorite) Parts of Pregnancy

  • Belly starts getting in the way!
  • Easily worn out.
  • Swollen feet.
  • Running hot (especially in summer!)
  • Harder to get comfortable at night.
  • Having a high risk condition.

For some women, high risk complications come up during the third trimester, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. Or, if you are me, you develop gestational diabetes before 20 weeks.

Sadly, I recently found out I have it with this pregnancy too. While it is important to treat and I will do it…it’s not the most fun thing in the world. No longer can I indulge in cravings of brownie sundaes or funfetti cake. I have to be stricter with my diet, test my blood sugar at least four times a day, and I’m sure I’ll be prescribed insulin again…which means 6 injections a day.

Honestly, I’d happily deal with the aches and pains without a peep if I could have normal blood sugar levels from conception to birth. BUT, it usually results in extra ultrasounds, so that’s the silver lining for me!

What do you like best and least about being pregnant?



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Friday 13th of July 2012

Oh, yes! The baby moving around was by far my favorite part of being pregnant! Fortunately, I didn't have any complications, but I still didn't like being pregnant very much. Just being worn out so easily and feeling all big and ungainly was frustrating. Now, afterwards, holding my baby and bonding while breastfeeding or watching them sleep. That part, I really loved!

Erika @Musings From a Stay At Home Mom

Thursday 12th of July 2012

I hear ya! I have four children and absolutely adore them, but I did not love being pregnant. Like you said, there are definitely some pretty amazing parts, but it's tough. Hang in there! And good luck with your upcoming ultrasound!


Thursday 12th of July 2012

I developed preeclampsia during my 27th week, but it wasn't really caught until my 32nd week. I went to the doctor for a routine visit, and I was swollen like a balloon. I gained 35 pounds of water weight in under a week. It's a long story how it got that bad so fast, but it comes down to an on-call doctor blowing me off. Anyway, I was dumping +4 protein and BP of 185/110. Up until that moment, I had a textbook pregnancy though. All ended fine, and now my son is 7, but I don't think I ever want to do that again! I'm still a little traumatized.

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