Top 5 loves and struggles of pregnancy

Pregnancy is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before, and will likely experience again.

It was challenging. It was stressful. It was sickening, at times. It opened my eyes to a world of assumptions and judgments.

But it was also incredibly feminine. It was primal. It was private, beautiful and created special memorable moments. I learned to love the bits I loathed.

Here are my top five Struggles and Loves of being pregnant:



I swear I aged about 10 years during my pregnancy and labor

Body changes

Finding skin tags, stretch marks and other random things like brown marks on your skin.  Weird.


Having to roll everywhere – out of bed, off a chair, out of the car. Having to slow down – no more running, even walking was more like a waddle at the end.

Wide load

Discovering that you can fit more easily going through a door front ways than side on.

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting.  Everywhere…  All the time….  Loudly.  Urg!!




Buying lots of really tiny and cute clothes

Chivalry (is not dead!)

People are more chivalrous towards a pregnant lady (unless you’re at your beauticians waiting room and no one is willing to give up their seat despite there being no seats available and you are obviously very pregnant and uncomfortable…. grr!)


Looking and feeling feminine – well only between weeks 20-30 for me.

Tears of joy when announcing

Telling my family that they were going to be grandparents, aunts and uncles for the first time.  Such an amazing feeling!

Feeling my baby

By far the best thing about being pregnant is feeling them kick for the first time or hiccup, or roll over.  And feeling this and no one else in the room knows, just you and bub.  Very special!!


What are your struggles and loves about pregnancy? Please share in the comments below.

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About Lauren Jackman (161 Articles)
Lauren Jackman is the author of Canberra Mummy. A self-confessed perfectionist, Lauren writes about the truth about pregnancy and parenting for perfectionist mummies. Lauren is a mum, wife, author, runner and a not a bad cook