I have officially been very pregnant in the summer and very pregnant in the winter. I get asked a lot which season has been more enjoyable so that got me thinking? Before I get started, this isn’t a post complaining about pregnancy. I do not take it for granted but I have come to the conclusion that being pregnant in the winter is for sure more of struggle then the summer. Being pregnant in the summer time for myself was fairly easy. Yes it got hot and my ankles may have been bigger than usual but it was fairly easy to float around in maxi dresses and flip flops and pretty much call it a day. If we didn’t have an air conditioner in our home I may have been singing a different tune but it made it bearable and comfortable to sleep at night sprawled out in my bed, pretty much naked with the fan hitting me perfectly. Summer pregnancy for me was enjoyable. Hot but carefree and almost liberating!
Being a whale in the winter poses some different challenges that I was not prepared for. Sure in the summer I can’t see my flip flops but in the winter I can’t see my boots and this causes more of a problem because I can’t see anything past my big winter coat. Trying to bend over and attempt to pull on winter boots has been my biggest struggle and the most uncomfortable and every time I have to do it I secretly curse to myself. If you are in a rush, don’t wait for me because I will be a while and when you hear me moan and groan I am ok…just annoyed.
Getting Isla ready for daycare every morning in her jacket, snow pants, boots, neck warmer, scarf, hat and mitts leaves me sweating, struggling for air and Isla asking “You tired mommy?”
Watching for ice is also something to be taken seriously. Throw in a waddling mom with a big belly and you do not want to fall. You will spend the whole winter watching every step you take and assuming that anything with a sheen to it is a thick patch of ice just waiting to take you out. Add winter storms and driving to the mix and you have someone that has been a complete hermit for most of the winter.
A brighter side of winter pregnancies so I don’t completely scare you off are foot rubs by a warm fireplace, copious amounts of hot tea and knowing that once the spring weather hits, you and your new baby will be able to enjoy it outdoors together. That’s what I’m looking forward too!