The 38 weeks of pregnancy took me on a rollercoaster of mixed feelings and emotions, and I must admit I was looking forward to not being pregnant anymore. On the practical side, even though my pregnant belly was small by most standards—it didn’t pop out much—I still carried a 6.1 lbs. and 45-centimeter tall baby, and I was pretty uncomfortable during the last few weeks.
I kept on going to yoga until I was 37 weeks pregnant and I took long walks but I was getting more and more sore and tired towards the end. I know I’m lucky I was able to stay active throughout my pregnancy and that I didn’t experience any issue, but boy… no longer being pregnant feels great.
I had heard horror stories about what to expect in the postpartum (i.e. after birth) stage but again, I guess I was lucky, it was (and is) a good experience, albeit a strange and sudden one.
One minute your belly is huge and hard (and I mean hard as a rock with the contractions!) and the next one, it’s empty—“jelly belly” the nurse called it. The first day after giving birth, I still had a bit of a pregnant belly but it quickly disappeared—much faster than it came considering it took me nine months to grow it! I didn’t have any stretch marks and I didn’t experience lingering contractions or pain in general despite having a second-degree tear—again, I’m counting my blessings.
On a lighter note, I (re)discovered 10 things that feel great when you are no longer pregnant!
- You can drink as much as you want and don’t have to pee constantly since there is no longer a mini-baby jumping on your bladder.
- Waxing your bikini line becomes much easier again. Bonus: you can also bend to wax your legs and cut your toenails!
- You feel lighter when walking, and don’t have to puff like a polar bear when climbing the stairs.
- You can get out of the bed (or sofa, or whatever place where you passed out) easily. You can also turn over in bed in one smooth motion.
- Your stomach is flat (or flatter) and you have big boobs. As opposed to having a huge belly that makes you look flat-chested, regardless of the actual size of your breasts.
- You can lay on your stomach and stretch your spine. Boy, it feels wonderful!
- People no longer attempt to rub your belly (or if they do, you are hanging out in the wrong place).
- Doctors and healthcare providers in general lose interest in you; only the baby matters. Fine by me: I was getting tired of handing out urine samples like Halloween candies.
- No more Diego Maradona-like kicks under the ribs or in the bladder. Yay!
- After wearing either maternity clothes or the same few items that fitted your pregnant belly best, you get a kick of rediscovering your old clothes. Walking into your own closet feels like walking into a store—“hey, I didn’t remember I had this pair of jeans!”
Did you feel the same after you had your baby?