Is it possible to miss being pregnant but not to feel broody? If so, then that is what I currently am. I have no desire at the moment (or possibly ever) to have another baby again. I feel more than happy with my little brood of girls – they keep me on my toes enough between the two of them! However, recently, I’ve had a very strange sensation. I’ve missed my big bump, that incredible feeling of growing a human.
It’s a weird time of year to hanker after pregnancy, you might think, what with all the delicious cheese and tasty booze knocking about. But as I recently wrote in a post for BabyCentre, there are plenty of good things about being pregnant at Christmas.
Apart from all the lovely bumps doing the rounds on the blogosphere at the moment (I’m looking at you Charlotte, Katie and Clemmie), I think the main reason for my bump-hankering is the fact I tend to look after myself so much more when I’m pregnant. Throughout my pregnancy with Baby Girl I did a weekly yoga session, a weekly aquanatal class, plus I made sure I was always early to bed and ate ALL the healthy food. As much as I love my current freedom to drink wine and eat cheese, I do rather miss that feeling of enforced wellbeing that I only seem to be able to get when I’m pregnant.
I’m well aware this is a character flaw, but I seem to need the “job” of growing a baby to put myself first and make time for things like regular exercise and early nights. I cancelled my gym membership yesterday because I simply haven’t used it in a month and can’t justify the cost for something that always goes bottom of the pile. However, when I was pregnant, my weekly exercise appointments were sacrosant. There’s no way I would cancel them for anything.
These days, when I’m not busy working or mumming I’m too knackered to do anything but watch Netflix and inevitably fall asleep on the sofa (NOTE: This post is being written by someone currently full of cold and all the joys of the end of term, so it may, possibly, be a tad biased towards the tired side).
Anyway, this Infographic from HFE reminded me what an important job I did to keep up the gentle exercise during my pregnancy. For me, it was about unwinding and switching off my brain, as well as preparing for labour. But as you can see, there are plenty of other benefits too…
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