Since I realised that some of the symptoms I’d been having were stress related rather than pregnancy related, I’ve found my pregnancy to be much more enjoyable and have relaxed into it. Saying that, there are a few things I’m looking forward to postpartum which I thought I’d share in a tongue-in-cheek post whilst we await the little man’s arrival.
Getting up without having to catapult myself up
Getting up from any position is increasingly a chore and I’m finding that the easiest way to do this without additional help is by launching myself upwards, particularly when I’ve been relaxing on the sofa.
The additional weight of Mini and his ability to really dig his limbs into my bones often means that this is often the quickest (and most painless) method though I imagine it is becoming increasingly odd for those around me (though Chris just thinks I’m maintaining my stubbornness by not asking for help up).
It will be nice to get up from a chair, sofa and out of bed like a normal person once I’ve recovered from labour (one can hope at least!).
Not having to contort myself to put socks on
As Mini’s home has increased in size I’ve found myself effectively practicing yoga poses whilst trying to reach my feet and put on socks and shoes. For some reason putting on socks is much harder than putting on shoes and it’ll be good to be able to put socks on without stretching my hips in weird and wonderful ways once he’s arrived.
Being able to sleep on my back without waking up feeling guilty
There’s a lot of advice about sleeping on your left side whilst pregnant and some nights my body likes to ignore this advice completely whilst I’m asleep and I wake up in a dazed panic trying to quickly flip over to my side. I imagine this will last for a short while after birth but the ability to allow my back to sink into the mattress will be welcomed postpartum, especially as sleeping on your stomach isn’t advised if you’re planning to breastfeed.
Being able to sit up without a foot digging into my ribs
The further into my pregnancy I’ve become, the more I feel limbs in my ribs and the pressure against my ribs increases the more I try to sit properly upright. This is having a great effect on my posture as you can imagine and probably isn’t doing my back much good but he’s running out of room in there.
While I expect that Mini will continue to find ways of digging his limbs into my bones (and no doubt Chris’s crotch) at the most inconvenient of times, the ability to sit up for longer than a few minutes without a foot easing its way between my ribs will be very much enjoyed.
Lastly, the key thing any parent-to-be is going to be looking forward to postpartum is cuddles and getting to know their newborn. We’re no different. Chris has been telling Mini for weeks that he can’t wait to meet him (and then has quickly told him not to follow the light quite yet as he needs to be fully grown and ready to cope with the outside world).
I’m hoping that the summer will return so we can have picnics in the park, sit outside in the garden eating breakfast, spend the weekend lounging around the house with the windows open and I think it’ll be a special moment when Chris and Mini snuggle up on the sofa to watch their first Grand Prix together.
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