The joys of being a parent can be plentiful and rewarding. Having children is supposed to be a blessing from god, and they are supposed to light up your life. In the nine (give or take) months that lead up to baby being channeled into the world all you may be thinking about is cute baby name’s. This is a normal thought to have, but you should also be thinking about what kind of parent you want to be and how you want your children to view you. This is why parenting is so difficult. You are no longer just looking out for yourself in this sometimes cruel world. You are responsible for another life now, a life that will depend on you making decent parenting decisions for at least 18 years. This all begins with pregnancy!

Ugh, my aching body!

Regardless of what you may read in pregnancy books, or see on TV, no pregnancy is the same. It is hard to know what to expect because of this reason, however, it is ok to prepare for what you may experience during pregnancy. Most women, in the beginning will experience morning sickness, loss of appetite, and severe mood swings. It is very normal to lose weight rather than gain weight in the beginning as well. As your little bundle of joy grows inside your expanding womb, naturally you are going to experience discomfort and a few aches and pains here and there, especially in your back!

The Discomforts of Pregnancy

Some pregnancies are more difficult than others because while some woman only experience a few of the discomforts of pregnancy others experience them all. Some of the more common discomforts include;

  • Morning sickness
  • Constipation
  • Lose of perfect vision
  • Pregnancy amnesia
  • Swollen feet and knees
  • Itchy skin
  • Difficulties breathing
  • Tender breasts
  • Heartburn

However, it is possible for some woman to not experience any of these discomforts. It is also possible for some woman to experience more rare symptoms of pregnancy such as;

  • Liver dysfunction
  • Kidney stones
  • Rashes all over
  • All day sickness
  • Fatigue all day
  • Fainting

As I stated before every pregnancy is different, but no matter how uncomfortable it is, it is where mothers begin making wise selfless parenting decisions.

Being Selfless

To be selfless you have to put the growing baby in your belly needs first. This means you have to re-evaluate everything about your lifestyle choices and make sure they are suitable for baby. For example, how do you intend to support baby financially? Do you smoke? Do you drink alcohol on a regular basis? Do you lead a stressed life? Do you have friends or families that are shady characters? Straightening up your own life is the first joy of being a parent; it leads you to a healthier future.

In conclusion, there are many joys to being a parent though it can also be very difficult especially when you have a rough pregnancy to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Just remember, the little bundle of joy inside you is dependent on you making the right decisions and keeping him/her safe.  If you experience a difficult pregnancy keep in contact with your OB GYN and they will help you to make it through that long nine months. When baby is born you will most likely find the child lights up your life!