My sister is expecting her third child, happily.
As a homage to her and to my seven coworker friends who are pregnant or have just had their babies (think about the biggest possible demographic density in a same sector!), that’s the first post of the series “Is it mine only?” for moms-to-be.
Did it happen only with me, or with you too?
… you do a home pregnancy test before the HCG-based test?
… your belly become a public thing – everyone wanted to touch it?
… you answer 15876432 times: if it was your first kid; what was the baby’s gender; if the baby already had a name and what it was; how many months you had been pregnant and when the birth would occur? (I loved all of those questions!)
… everybody have a recipe or a tip to give to you (some of them contradictory suggestions)?
… feel sick a lot and, in those moments, you weren’t in the mood for anything?
… you say (or even think) at least once: “Hi, baby, I love you so much, and it’s not your fault… but mommy is really messy”?
… you, in the beginning, get shy when going to the preferential queues, but afterwards you went proudly?
… you love listening to the amplified sound of the baby’s heart in the obstetrician’s office?
… you feel the baby hiccupping inside your womb, mainly after you ate?
… you pee “softly”?
… the day of an ultrasound day feel like pure expectation? Did you record everything in a DVD, even knowing you would never watch it again, after the birth?
… your jaw drop with the number of details pointed by the doctor during the ultrasound exam?
… you have fun when the baby moved?
… you get apprehensive when the baby moved a lot?
… you get apprehensive when the baby was quiet a lot?
… your belly-button get flat?
… you get surprised by the colostrum in your bra when you were seven months pregnant?
… you feel, in the third trimester, “electrical shocks” in your groin, strong enough for you to bend your knees?
… you no longer manage to tie your shoelaces in the last week of pregnancy?
… you always think the baby would be born before the prediction?
… you get startled in thinking you were in labor and it was only… gas?
… you feel the great mystery of having a person living inside of you?
… you get amazed by looking like a Volkswagen beetle?
And you? What would you include in this list?
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This post in Portuguese, originally published on February 26th 2011: Para as gravidinhas