Exactly like the one pictured above (the thing in the middle). Let me debunk some myths for you. Pregnancy is not always a time of sole pure bliss. Of longing for your little one. Neither of feeling pretty or just continuing your daily business for nine months until you can give birth covered in rays of sunlight. Although, in my case the last part might happen. May, you know, there is a chance that might happen…
So, about that frog thing. Your body immediately starts to change when you get pregnant. That’s also the way I noticed that this was not a normal delayed period, but some new adventure my body was readying itself for. Fun! Right? Think again.
I now go through life huffing and puffing and feeling older than my 80 year-old grandma. My body is swelling up in places that used to be skinny and kind of flat, and it feels like it’s no longer mine. Like the baby temporarily replaced my old Me with a new being. I am transforming into a living airbag. Which I must say, might work out pretty well in case of an accident. Or maybe so as to make sure I will never forget that I am now not one. No, I’m two. Two beating hearts in one body. Which I can assure you, I would also haven’t forgotten this without the bloated frog look.
Maybe it’s because I didn’t prepare for the whole being pregnant thing. Maybe it’s because I tend to glorify almost all aspects of life, until I realize the bleak truth. Not all that glitters is gold, or something. Is that accurate in this situation? I don’t know. The only thing I know, is that I wish to have been a bit more prepared. To have read some more stories about pregnancy, without the focus solely being placed on either 1) the horrific event (or so it seems) of giving birth or 2) that getting pregnant is a beautiful miracle (which is of course why there are now 7 billion of us)(ok ok, kidding – kind of).
So I’ll take some more time to get used to this for the coming 5 months. To come at peace with the airbag version of me. And let me, please let me, dream about the day I will kiss my big prince and my little baby, and will turn from a frog into a princess.