It's getting harder to forget you are pregnant now. Frequent
niggles and pains, kicks and prods mean you are constantly being
reminded that there is a baby in there. This causes some women to
feel like an incubator, the sheer physical nature of their
pregnancy making it all a little too much to enjoy. Societies view
of pregnancy being ultra feminine and lovely doesn't always match
with the reality. Many women see their pregnancy as a means to an
end, a necessary process in order to get their baby at the end of
the forty weeks. Your attitude towards being pregnant is not an
indication of how you will feel about your baby once it is born.
Try not to worry if you aren't enjoying every minute of being
pregnant. This is a common experience for many women, but one which
isn't talked about too often.
If this is your first pregnancy, you'll have the benefits of
being able to focus on yourself and your partner. But if you've got
other children to care for, your opportunity to rest and ponder
will be limited. Try to take some quiet time each day to just "be
in the moment" and not think about what the future holds for you.
This can be such a busy time with organising and planning that days
can go by without any real appreciation for them. When you can,
just sit, breathe, relax and be still. Both you and your baby will
Week 34 follows.