The sense of smell develops dramatically, the emotions go on their own, the body changes… Pregnancy is the period that most of all prepares the future mother for her new life. And not just because a child grows inside her. On the Parents blog of the Huffington Post, Lynn Shattuck has drawn up, with a touch of irony, the list of points in which pregnancy prepares for motherhood.
It may seem obvious, but pregnancy is the period that more than any other prepares for motherhood. Not for the obvious reason that the baby grows within you at that time, but because you too are transformed as you prepare to face the future life.
How? For example, by excessively developing the sense of smell and starting to perceive the smells of the environment with greater intensity. The reason may not like it, but there is only one: the future mother, in this way, prepares to react quickly when it is time for the baby to change the diaper. On the blog Parents of the Huffington Post, Lynn Shattuck has compiled, with a touch of irony, the list of nine ways in which pregnancy prepares for motherhood. (READ: How maternal love is born)
1. You are never alone
From the moment the egg is fertilized, your body is no longer yours alone: you start sharing it with your child. And when the baby is born, it continues to be with you at all times. Even when you go to the bathroom.
2. Your emotions go their own way
Pregnancy is that period of life when you can do almost anything and then blame the hormones. And since you carry a new life in your womb, anything is forgiven you. Babies work the same way: they cry, a moment later they laugh, and a moment later they scream. But everything is allowed to them: they are children …
3. The sense of smell changes: what a stink …
When a woman is expecting a child, his sense of smell develops and becomes as powerful as that of a dog: smells never noticed appear suddenly, getting on public transport in the summer becomes intolerable, taking the dog to do his business is a torture for the nose. The reason for this transformation is simple: the mom-to-be is getting ready for diaper season.
And to understand when it’s time to change the diaper even before the baby’s scents become unbearable, you need a very fine sense of smell.
4. A period of phases
Pregnancy is a succession of phases: that of nausea, that of peeing, that in which you no longer see your feet, that in which you discover that even the fetuses have nails and they seem to want to use them to get out of there … children work in phases: there is that of colic, that of the potty, that of bedwetting … And even in this case, experiencing pregnancy helps to understand motherhood. (Read also: pregnancy, your changing body)
5. You are always the center of attention
When you are pregnant, you are like a rock star: you are special, everyone looks at you, everyone tries to touch you, everyone wants to know something about you. When you become a mother, you continue to be the center of attention: to breastfeed the baby, to take care of it, to do anything else, the password is always “mom”.
6. Your heart works overtime
When you are pregnant, the blood volume increases in order to feed the fetus as well, and therefore the heart has to undertake the extra work necessary to pump it. But even when you become a mother, your heart doesn’t stop working, first full of love for that little one, and then, when it grows up, full of anxiety until it comes home on Saturday night.
7. You can’t always be perfect
Maybe until you discovered you were pregnant you were a perfect woman, never went out without make-up, never a hair out of place, never a rumpled dress, never a gram of fat on your thighs … Well, during pregnancy everything changes: the nausea and the insomnia can reduce you to a rag. And stretch marks take care of the body, and maybe even hemorrhoids. After giving birth, however, you will have to measure yourself with drool, vomit, pee, poo and all the rest of the repertoire. But you will still love your child, and he will love you despite your stretch marks.
8. The sense of time changes
The months can go by very slowly, like in the first trimester, when the days of nausea and exhaustion never seem to pass, and you can’t wait for the second trimester to arrive that, they have you …