I’m often asked if I ever miss being pregnant. Both men and women ask me, and they’re often surprised by my answer. There is a general belief, I think, that women do not enjoy pregnancy and that we are miserable creatures while pregnant.
While some women may not enjoy their pregnancies for a variety of reasons, many actually do. I know a few women who had pretty stress-free pregnancies and miss the feeling they had when pregnant. I can agree on some level. There are some things I miss about pregnancy — one in particular.
My pregnancies were not terrible. They weren’t blissful, but not terrible. Both babies and I were healthy during both pregnancies, with no major issues. But, as with most women, I had my share of discomfort, pain, and frustrations. Thinking back on my pregnancies, I can say that while I did not enjoy the awkward walking and miscellaneous pains I had, I did enjoy one thing.
I loved knowing my baby was inside. I loved rubbing my belly and talking to my baby. But, most of all, I loved feeling my baby kick and move about. It was probably the best feeling and provided reassurance that all was alright. It did hurt at times, too, but it was a sign (for me) that my baby was strong and active.
When people ask me if I miss being pregnant, my answer is yes, sometimes. And, it’s the absolute truth. Sometimes I do miss being pregnant and feeling my baby moving, kicking, and responding to my words and touch.
Do you ever miss being pregnant? If you’re currently pregnant, do you think you will?
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