During Pregnancy, I used to think that this is the hardest time. Things will be easier once the baby pops out. I was unaware of the fact that the hardest time was yet to come. I was in retrospect one day, then I noticed the changes in my day-to-day life. Here are some of them:
1. Sleep-Wake Cycle
During Pregnancy: Could sleep anytime and wake up anytime and nobody minded or bothered.
Now: Can’t sleep even at night without being woken up multiple times. Have to wake up super early in the morning to finish personal chores before the baby wakes up. After he’s up, there’s no time for me to pee also.
2. Dressing up
During Pregnancy: Could wear anything that fits with matching accessories.
Now: Have to wear breastfeeding-friendly clothes with minimum or no accessories. Clothes shouldn’t have embroidery or work that can hurt the baby. Can’t wear fancy necklaces as either my baby will get hurt or the necklace.
3. Eating Habits
During Pregnancy: Could eat almost anything.
Now: Have to eat foods that help in milk production. Avoid food that may harm the baby – spices, ice-creams, curd etc.
4. Going out
During Pregnancy: Could go out anytime. Late-night movies, dinner dates, or shopping with friends, you name it, and I am there (mostly).
Now: Going out is a task. Even if I want to go out, the baby should be fed and slept, and the diaper bag should be packed. I have to be back before his sleeping time too, else he becomes super cranky, and I have a sleepless night. Impromptu plans are a thing of past.
During Pregnancy: Could binge-watch an entire season overnight.
Now: Takes 4 hours to watch a 1-hour episode.
6. The Baby
During Pregnancy: Could feel the baby movements and could see the blur ultrasound images.
Now: I can hold my baby in my arms in flesh and blood, see him grow every day, enjoy his smiles, his expressions, play with him, hug him, kiss him, love him, and the list goes on.
Being a mother might keep me on my toes all the time, but when I look at my baby, it’s all worth it.
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