Pregnancy goes through different stages, from discovery to the moment of delivery: this is how pregnancy is lived
How pregnancy is experienced
When a woman gets pregnant for the first time, she typically goes through some stages that we wanted to bring back to you here. Here it is how do you live there pregnancy, are you there too?
The excitement is sky high, but even though pregnancy has been sought, happiness comes with terror: you can’t believe you will become a mother. Perhaps you are afraid of the moment of delivery, or you have doubts about which modality or which hospital to choose. Everywhere you look you see pregnant women. You are tired, exhausted, pass out on the couch at eight in the evening and have a hard time getting up at seven in the morning. You wonder if you should tell others that you are pregnant, and at the same time you are dying to shout it out to the world.
- Second phase: that period “neither meat nor fish”
More than pregnant you look fat. Sometimes you scrutinize the gazes of the people who land on your leavened belly and you are strongly tempted to spill the beans. The people you told this to ask you how you are a hundred times a day, they pamper you with a thousand attentions and vices: and you will do well to enjoy it, since the second time will not happen and you will feel like a movie you have already seen. You still feel very tired, your breasts hurt, you vomit and pee runs out every half hour. One day you walk in front of a baby shop, walk in and buy a pair of tiny, delicious white shoes. A simple gesture and everything feels more real to you … and you feel wonderfully happy.
- Third phase: officially pregnant
Now you could be the star of a maternity advertising campaign. Everyone notices that you are pregnant, congratulates you and tells you that you are radiant. Finally you are not so tired anymore, the nausea has disappeared, you have fully realized (or almost) what is happening to you and you are starting to make plans: the bedroom, the layette, the hospital suitcase. You sign up for a preparation course and a hydrogym course for pregnant women. You buy some maternity dresses and you feel beautiful. The bad news is that this phase lasts about… a week?
- Fourth stage: heavily pregnant
You start to get out of breath when you go up the stairs – and you live on the first floor – you have swollen ankles and you are tired of constantly wearing the usual four maternity dresses you bought. But above all you are tired of people hammering at you to know if you have chosen the name, if you have chosen the hospital, if you have finished your suitcase. Shaving is getting extremely complicated.
- Fifth stage: copiously pregnant
You are huge and you don’t even fit in maternity clothes anymore. Sometimes you would want to simply roll down the stairs and, when you come back, hoist yourself on a freight elevator that deposits you directly on the sofa through the French door to the terrace. Especially if you are late on the DPP, people keep asking you “Still nothing?” but there are also those who dare “Are you sure they are not two?” You feel intimately connected with the elderly and obese and you suddenly advocate for their rights in the community. You’re not afraid of childbirth anymore – you just want it to come out, damn it.
- Sixth stage: no longer pregnant
Your wonderful baby is here with you. Get back into maternity clothes and look forward to a good night’s sleep and a hot meal. Um …