I'm currently 21 weeks pregnant as I write this. Even though I'm only about half way through pregnancy, there are a few things I wish I had known beforehand...
#1. Pregnancy zaps your energy!!
If I could go back, I would tell my pre-pregnancy self to be as productive as possible before getting pregnant, because once you are, you will not have the energy for many of the things you used to. You'll have to give yourself lots of time to just rest during pregnancy.
#2. Pregnancy changes your outlook on life.
Now that I'm pregnant, I see things in a new light. I feel for other moms more than I used to. I have a deeper sense of compassion and care for others. I'm starting to realize that what's really important are the ones I love and who love me. It all boils down to family and relationships.
#3. Pregnancy gives other people the sense that they can now give you unsolicited advice - on the daily.
I've always been a pretty independent thinker with my own ways of doing things. It's no different with my future baby and how I'd like to care for and raise her. It urks me when well-meaning people tell me their ideas and opinions about baby care and parenting. I get that they're trying to be helpful, but the unwanted advice gets to me sometimes. i wish I had known ahead of time about all the advice I was opening myself up to by being pregnant.
#4. Pregnancy makes it suddenly okay for everyone to comment on your weight and the shape of your stomach.
I didn't really think about this onw before I got pregnant. Pre-pregnancy, it would have been very odd for someone to openly comment on how "big" or "small" or "high" or "low" my stomach was. But now it's somehow totally okay! It feels kind of strange, but I'm adjusting and just trying to remember that a growing belly means a growing baby, which is the main goal.
#5. Pregnancy changes your life forever.
Now that I have a baby on the way, I'm coming to the realization that baby is now going to be the center of my world. Things are going to change. Exhaustion is going to be the new norm. It's not all about me anymore. I'll have a little one to care for, guide, and be there for whenever she needs me.
I know that I'll never be the same, in all the craziest and best ways possible. Being someone's Mommy is giving me a whole new sense of identity and purpose. I wouldn't trade that for anything.