Sunday, June 24, 2007

Six things I've learned in the past 15 weeks of pregnancy

1. People like to scare pregnant women. I don’t know how many conversations I’ve been a part of that go something like this:

Person: “So, are you tired?” (said with great compassion)

Me: “Yes.”

Person: “You can’t even begin to comprehend the meaning of tired.” (said with great malice).

People especially seem to like to scare pregnant youth pastors: "You like teenagers now, but I can't wait to see you when you have a 16-year-old terror.

2. Morning sickness does not always occur in the morning. It’s been night sickness for me.

3. Some people like to touch your belly…even if you don’t have one yet.

4. Apparently, I’m wearing a sticker that reads, “Hello my name is: Momma!” As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one person who can properly use that term…and that person’s vocal chords have only recently formed.

5. If a pregnant woman’s nausea is offset by the smell of anything minty, she should not live on the third floor of a dentist’s office.

6. I’m a bit of a food aversion/craving hypochondriac. Two of my very good friends are currently pregnant. When one friend said she drank cranberry juice all day long, I was delighted to discover that I, too, wanted to drink cranberry juice all day long. Not so delightful was when this same friend confessed an aversion to water. I suddenly realized that yes, water made me throw up as well.