7 Reasons to Feel Lucky This Year
It’s always good to take a moment to appreciate the now, especially when you’re expecting. Some days you may feel like you’re setting a world record for sweating, or your back may be achy or your feet swollen, but the nine months of pregnancy are fleeting — it’s best to enjoy the adventure! Author Anne Christian Buchanan described pregnancy best when she wrote in her novel “Quickening Heart: A Journal for Expectant Mothers,”
To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.
So, this St. Patrick’s Day, we at Tummy Cradle want to help all the expectant mommas out there love their pregnancy — there’s definitely a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow! Here are all the reasons you can feel lucky this year:
1. Relief is more apparent … and more invigorating.
You know that satisfying, tingly feeling of finally sitting down after being on your feet all day? Or stretching sore muscles the day after an intense workout?
When your body is enduring the general aches and pains of pregnancy, finding relief means finding new life. Your senses are heightened! Whether it’s reaching the bathroom after you’ve been holding it for a while or lying in a Tummy Cradle to lengthen a sore lower back, the feeling of relief is truly intensified while pregnant. We know focusing on the pain is easy, but it’s the mental toughness that comes with appreciating the relief that all mommas should consider, master and use for the rest of their lives.
2. You have an excuse to decorate.
A little labor-intensive but incredibly exciting, nesting is one the best parts of preparing for baby. Take inspo from Instagram and Pinterest, and establish a place where both you and your future baby can feel completely comfortable.
Plus, it’s probably the only time you’ll have free reign over your kiddo’s bedroom — get ready for scattered Legos galore and their choice in posters adorning the walls.
3. Everyone chalks up your bad mood to just being pregnant.
Pregnancy is like a free pass to be cranky — everyone recognizes how important and challenging growing a tiny human in your belly is, so no one is going to fault you when you’re having an off-day. Attitude and sass are two words defined differently during pregnancy, and we’re lovin’ every second of it.
4. Gross bodily stuff is also more acceptable.
Never have you felt so comfortable being gross in public, and never again will the general public allow you to be your gross, beautiful self so openly without judgment. Just remember that everyone has unglamorous bodily functions — and no one is faulting you for making yours apparent. Post-birth, however, the old rules re-apply … and where’s the fun in that?
5. Not a single hangover in sight for you, Momma.
While your friends are all suffering through the day after St. Paddy’s, your pregnant glow will be at its brightest. Lucky you! You are the pregnancy queen, here to re-hydrate her loved ones but otherwise cease the day for yourself. (Don’t forget a quick nap in your Tummy Cradle!)
6. You have the best motivator to live healthier.
If New Year’s resolutions just don’t cut it for ya, then let your maternal instincts kick in early to motivate you to adopt a lifestyle that’s healthier for both you and the baby. Take those prenatal vitamins, do those baby-safe exercises, eat those nutrient-rich meals and get ready to feel the difference in your disposition as well as physical being.
7. You get to spend lots of time with your partner and friends.
It’s a fact of parenthood: things get busier once baby arrives, and there’s significantly less time to spend alone with your partner, friends or other loved ones. Use the time to strengthen your relationship with your favorite people before your next favorite person enters the world, and also enjoy the time to reflect quietly by yourself. It’s an underrated part of playing the waiting game!