Let me set the record straight.

I am 37 week and 1 day pregnant.

Full-term. Look at that!

But just because I am full term, and it is June, does not mean I am miserable. People seem to assume that pregnant=miserable. They also seem to assume that I am “so ready for the baby to be born” and that I look like I’m “about to pop”.

Maybe some women feel that way – but I don’t. And I’m kind of sick of strangers implying that, because what am I supposed to say? If I say “oh, actually I feel just fine, just kind of tired.” They probably think I’m lying. But here’s the deal ladies:

I don’t have any swelling.
I weigh 15 pounds less than I did pre-conception.
I’m walking for 30 minutes every day.
I do have to pee all the time, but that is more of an inconvenience than anything else.
I kind of miss sleeping through the night, but I knew I was giving that up.
I have heartburn… every day… almost all the time.

As far as pregnancies go – mine has been relatively easy, for which I am very thankful. So I wish people would focus on the positive instead of the negative. It isn’t the end of my supposed suffering, rather, the beginning of getting to hold my baby!

So, what should you take from this? Don’t assume that every pregnant lady is miserable. The phrase “ready to pop” is rude, and kind of obnoxious. Makes me feel like people think I look like a giant blobby water balloon.

Lastly? Don’t touch my stomach… and especially don’t touch strangers’ stomachs. Pregnant ladies have essentially given up their bodies to this little baby inside of them, and the last thing they need is to feel like they have even less control over their own body because strangers feel entitled to rubbing their belly.

Plus… I just don’t like it when people touch me. Pregnant or not.

/end rant

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5 Comments

  1. I completely agree about the touching! So invasive (especially when you might not be pleased with your appearance anyway…)

    You sound like you're doing great! Congratulations! When I was pregnant though, people also made those comments and I felt somewhat similarly (didn't have swelling, exercised to the end, worked full-time to the end, etc: I'm doing great!). But after giving birth I realized that I just didn't notice how horrible I felt (heartburn, not sleeping, exhausted, grumpy, etc) because it had developed over a long period of time. I bet once you have the baby you will be pleasantly surprised at how good you will feel (at least after the first week or so).

    1. Well that is defnitely hopeful! It just seems like people are focused on the negative… when… even if I was "suffering" it would be better for people to say positive, supportive things. I know I feel tired, but I really don't feel like I"m "about to pop" and I'm honestly more worried about what happen after the baby is born, than I am about how I feel right now! lol.

  2. This was a great post! I totally agree to everything you said! P.S. That's pretty awesome that you are at the end of your pregnancy weighing less than when you started! That's a definite bonus. I've lost weight as well but I"m starting to gain it back. Good luck with your remaining weeks and with labor!

  3. My former pastor's wife would rub the person's belly back. (Stranger or just random person rubbing her belly). It always freaked people out, and some people even asked why she was touching them. She just explained that it was no weirder for her to rub YOUR belly as it was for you to rub HERS. (And clearly the belly-rubber thought was appropriate to touch her!) I have always thought that was an excellent way to combat the creepy touchers 🙂

    1. I do that too! lol. I just wish people would think about it before they did it. They aren't actually touching the baby… they are touching me!

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