The awkwardness of being so big, the weariness of hauling someone around inside you, an incessant need to pee, heartburn, constipation, headaches, back aches and pains in just about every other part of you…. is there really anything to miss about being pregnant?

Even if you had every single one of these ailments (poor you!) and didn’t enjoy being pregnant, believe it or not, once you’re not expecting there are certain things that you will miss. It’s true!

Here are five more things that I miss about being pregnant…

1. The Glow – All that extra blood circulating in your system gives you a radiance that can’t be replicated by cosmetic products, surgical procedures or even love! Enjoy every minute of being complimented about how gorgeously glowing you are. You might be carrying 20 more kilos but the love and happiness about it is just pouring out of you.

2. Body confidence – What is it that’s so empowering about carrying a baby? Your body is doing exactly what it is designed to do and it knows it. Those admiring glances and the caring attention from family, friends and pregnancy carers empowers you to not only carry bub but also gives you a head start to having the confidence to be a great mum.

3. The anticipation – I don’t know about you, but as a grown-up, there are very few things that give me butterflies in the tummy feelings of excitement that were so frequent as a child. But being pregnant sure is one of them. Thinking about what kind of little person you’re carrying, their future and your family life together is a rich source of daydreaming that starts with the long awaited day that you finally get to meet your bub.

4. The love – That special mother love for your children starts during their gestation. Fierce, unconditional and life-binding, this love is stronger than any other. It’s the kind of love where you would selflessly sacrifice your self for your child.

5. Smiles from strangers – These might come from women or men, but either way if they have been through it before and empathise with you, people share their feelings through their smiles and their eyes. Those incredible pregnancy hormones circulating through your body make you feel as though everybody loves you. Ain’t the world and all her inhabitants beautiful?

How about you? What do you miss about bearing a bump?

For more things to miss when the big day is over, visit http://pregnancypanache.com.au/things-to-miss-about-being-pregnant-part-1/

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  • I don’t miss the relentless morning sickness, but I do miss the kicks, and the excitement of waiting to welcome a new life.


  • A lot to miss :), just as many to not miss! A good read, thank you.


  • A good read, but I don’t miss not being able to see my toes, the indigestion, the bladder weakness, the cravings for sushi at 3 a.m., and people saying “Oh, you’re pregnant are you?” (no not pregnant, I’ve just stuffed a football up my jumper), or patting my stomach without asking me. Nope, don’t miss those things at all.


  • I was pregnant but better out than in now as she is the best ,Thanks a lot for sharing. I enjoyed reading it. Great information.


  • I miss the smiles from strangers but I don’t miss the unwanted horror birth stories.


  • yes I do miss the glow


  • Um no. I adore my kids but I loathed being pregnant. Guess I’m weird that way


  • I never really thought about what I missed about being pregnant until now.


  • Thats was a great article to read – thank you for sharing!


  • I do miss feeling all the bumps and kicks of my daughter when I was pregnant but better out than in now as she is the best fun! (even when shes a cranky bum — teething at the moment!)


  • Thanks a lot for sharing. I enjoyed reading it. Great information.


  • this is so true :)


  • Even after reading this I don’t miss being pregnant. I love the end result, just not the uncomfortableness of pregnancy.

    • Especially the last month of pregnancy ughh.


  • Enjoyed reading – thanks for sharing.


  • such a special time when it really is just you and bub before you have to share them with the world


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