In a few days it will be six months since I gave birth to Arthur. Six whole months! Time seems to fly when you're older and even more so when you become a parent. Can you remember how the six week summer holidays felt like a lifetime when you were at school? Now six weeks flies by in the blink of an eye and even six months zooms past faster than you ever thought possible.
But even though time seems to have flown by, at the same time it feels like so long ago that I was pregnant. I feel like I've known Arthur forever and I can't remember what life was without him. Carrying him inside me was such a magical experience and I guess there are a few things I do miss, like feeling him kick and turn. It's a feeling that's so hard to describe to others but it just makes you feel so amazing. You learn your baby's pattern, know where they're awake and asleep and can interact with them before you've even caught a glimpse of their beautiful face. It's strange, there's been a few times since I've given birth that I thought I'd felt those kicks again, even though that's impossible because Arthur's here. Has anyone else felt like that?
Something else I quite miss about bing pregnant is body confidence. I can honestly say I've never felt as good about myself as when I was pregnant. I think that's because in my head, I was exactly what I was supposed to be. I loved my beautiful round bump and even though I was absolutely huge (and pretty damn swollen) at the end of my pregnancy, I still felt happy and confident with the way I looked.
Of course, there's also things I don't miss about being pregnant. One of these is the intense pain I felt in my hips and pelvis during the third trimester. It hurt to walk, it hurt to lie down and trying to haul myself out of bed was one of the most painful experiences of my life...apart from, you know, child birth! I think it was something to do with the way Arthur was lying, as one day the pain just disappeared, which I was so grateful for, as I really don't know how I would have managed to give birth feeling that way.
Many pregnant women hate maternity clothes as they're pretty boring (and sometimes even rather ugly) but I was actually happy to spend months in stripy tops that accentuated my bump, comfy maternity jeans and stretchy leggings. But something I definitely don't miss about being pregnant is 'pant problems.' I'm not kidding - finding pants that were comfortable became a tiring mission. Small knickers were uncomfortable but big granny Bridget Jones style pants dug in below my bump. I was so stressed about it and so fed up of feeling uncomfortable one day that I just didn't wear any. Problem solved.
Everyone's pregnancy experience is completely different and some people miss being pregnant more than others. Whilst I wouldn't say I miss pregnancy all that much, I did truly love the experience and hope one day I'll get to feel all of those amazing things again.
What are the things you miss and don't miss about being pregnant?