Pregnancy is Weird, isn't it?
November 16, 2007 10:34 AM Subscribe
Being pregnant is easily the weirdest experience of my life. How did you cope?
posted by otherwordlyglow to Health & Fitness (30 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Wow. This pregnancy thing is strange. Back story: I'm 39, first pregnancy and it was unplanned (failed birth control). I'm 9 weeks pregnant and incredibly overwhelmed. My partner and I are similarly ambivalent about being parents when we discuss it now but know that we'll be great parents and are both anxious and excited about it. In the mean time, my body is no longer my own. I have strange aches and pains, every single system in my body seems out of whack and, jesus christ, I'm going to be a parent and do indeed feel like my life will no longer be mine. Are these common reactions? I guess in the past I had always thought I'd be thrilled and happy and looked forward to this time. But now in the moment the enormity of it all is hitting. Hard. Daycare! Car seats! Diapers! Names! College Funds! To immunize or not! Circumcise or not! (I'm NOT asking for opinions on these topics, don't worry).
I've had my first checkup and am scheduled for genetic testing soon so I think the medical portion is well underway. But staying calm and being okay with everything that's changing and about to change seems to be more of a problem. Perhaps it's just that I'm an older first-timer so I'm more aware of my established life or maybe everyone goes through this. Did you? What helped to make it better?