I liked being pregnant.
Being pregnant meant I could eat as much as I liked, I was able to cry after reading Death of a Salesman and not explain how Willie Loman’s demise affected me, I could wear slippers at work, and I was the recipient of unsolicited back rubs from the Mister.
Being pregnant was awesome.
Until The Boy.
He was trouble from the start.
I was heavier than I had been while carrying the Teen, and I was constantly sleepy. My love of fried eggs were not tolerated, my body rejecting the meal almost as soon as I smelled them. I did love me some scrapple.
Then the heartburn started. I would eat, get sleepy and settle in for a nap only to have a searing pain invade my chest. I was too upset, pounding my chest, guzzling seltzer and baking soda concoctions.
The heartburn was unbearable. I began to get scared to eat, although the #teamchunk in me wasn’t enough to make me stop completely. But the heartburn was nothing compared to the leg cramps. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I found it hard to sleep. The Teen was anxious about her little brother and I was so fat and hot it was hard to get comfortable. When I finally fell into a restless sleep, I would awaken with a pain in my calves that even The Mister couldn’t rub out.
We tried Icy Hot, cold compresses, crackers and straight salt. Nothing eased the pain.
My mother suggested my potassium was low, and sent bananas over. My prayers were answered! The pain went away and I was able to sleep a little more peacefully. The rest of my pregnancy was more about me trying to work until the day I delivered, hoping I would go into labor while I was at work. I have a flair for the dramatic.
It’s true when people say you forget the pains of pregnancy out of love for your children. But every so often, after a run, I can feel my calves tighten, and I think of those late nights.
This post was inspired by a prompt from Shades of Social Media. Karla Trotman, who writes the blog Belly Button Boutique, asked us to share thoughts about Uncomfortable While Pregnant.
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