Monday, April 5, 2010

Pregnancy Advantages You'll Miss After Your Baby is Born

By Elizabeth Lynette Perkins

During your pregnancy, it's easy to grumble at your loss of balance, expanding body, bouts of constipation, and unshakable fatigue. To be sure, the nine months spent carrying your growing baby poses its share of challenges. But there are plenty of perks you'll enjoy as you move from trimester to trimester. After you finally welcome your little one into the world, you may look back upon this time with mild yearning. 

Below, we'll provide a short list of the advantages you'll enjoy during your pregnancy. Think of the following as a preemptive reminder. By reading through the benefits below, you may find it easier to overlook some of the minor challenges you'll confront.

Baby Showers
You'll be surrounded by friends and family, and their attention will be focused upon you. What's more, you'll be on the receiving end of a bounty of gifts that promise to make the coming months easier for you and your little one.

Helpful Hormones
It is no coincidence that women tend to have healthier and thicker hair and stronger nails when they're pregnant. This is due to high estrogen levels. Of course, when your hormonal balances return, this advantage will disappear. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Strangers Are Nicer
Reasons may vary, but the feeling is universal: people are nice to pregnant women. You'll find some will offer you their seat. Others will happily rush to hold the door open for you. If you drop something on the ground, another person will quickly come to your aid. To be fair, this pregnancy perk will continue long after the birth of your little one. People enjoy seeing a new mother and her infant.

No Periods
No birth control and no periods. For many moms-to-be, this is a two-pronged perk that pays plenty of dividends. Adding to the benefit is the fact that couples who are expecting a baby tend to spend more time together. They often enjoy an extra level of intimacy, which might include cuddling or something more.

Frequent Trips To The Store
You'll need to shop for maternity clothes as your body grows. You'll also need to buy things for your baby's nursery. From cribs and changing tables to car seats and strollers, there's a lot to buy before the arrival of your little one. That means frequent shopping runs. This is an ideal opportunity to spend quality time with your mother, sister, and girlfriends. Drag them to the store with you to enjoy the day together.

Getting Into Shape
Many moms-to-be find it's much easier to motivate themselves to get into shape while they're pregnant. This includes adopting a regular exercise routine, changing dietary habits, sleeping more, and drinking more water. Each of these things will not only make you healthier, but will also help you shed the extra pregnancy pounds more easily after childbirth. When your little one is born, you'll have much less time to devote to exercise, sleep, and eating the right foods. Start now and build the habit.

Experiencing A Miracle
Even if you're tired and wracked with morning sickness, feeling bloated and constipated, you'll never forget about the miracle of the life growing inside your body. Your body is sustaining another; your baby cannot survive without you. Before long, she'll arrive and begin her adventure through life. For now, though, she is an inseparable part of you. This is an experience you will never forget. You'll look back upon this time with fond memories of the wonder you observed firsthand.

Being pregnant is filled with ups and downs. You'll experience emotional highs as you feel your baby's first movements inside you. On the other hand, you'll also endure the discomfort and other physical challenges that are a natural part of pregnancy. Try to look past the momentary obstacles and enjoy this period while it lasts. Years down the road, you'll remember these nine months with affection.

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