And, no. I’m not currently pregnant. But let’s take a walk down memory lane….
Top 10 Hardest Things About Pregnancy:
10. Ailments. Including, but not limited to: nausea, heart burn, sciatica. Varicose veins and bruised ribs. Stretch marks, frequent urination, and shortness of breath. Rhymes with schremroids. Swollen feet and charley horses. Sheer and utter exhaustion cuppled with a short temper and one freaking remedy for it all: Tylenol. Really? That’s it?…..Yep, really.
9. Trying to convince your husband that naming your son “Homer” is a BIG mistake. Big. Huge. (<—- name that movie*)
8. Oh hello there 5 more pounds, don’t you know it’s bathing suit season?
7. Despite everyone and their mother’s recommendation to “Do it while you can!”: SLEEPING……pffft, need I remind you of number 10?
6. Dropping things…. and then having to pick them up.
5. Ice cream and willpower.
4. Wine, and lack thereof.
3. Kissing your former life goodbye (things like cars without tops, hot coffee, gummy bears in bed, a cute belly button… you know, those sorts of things)
2. Waiting 9 (or is it 10?) whole months to meet
the little bugger who has been kicking your ribs like a mother the love of your life.
1. The unknown….
….and there is so much that is unknown about that little being growing inside of you. It’s enough to keep a new mom up all night. Oh wait, (see number 7) – she already is. But in all seriousness, being pregnant can be scary so when Panorama Pre-natal Screen reached out to me to celebrate pregnancy and gender reveal and the importance of prenatal testing, my answer was YES!
They stand for everything that is motherhood is all about:
- being responsible and proactive
- dealing with and being prepared for the unexpected
- and the fun stuff (because yes, they can also tell you the gender of your baby as early as 9 weeks!)
Panorama Prenatal Screen offers non-invasive prenatal testing (meaning, it’s safe for mom and baby). Besides being able to tell the gender of your baby, they can also test for Down’s Syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities with a simple blood draw test.
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….. because just like motherhood, pregnancy isn’t all glowing roses…. Or even just plain old roses for that matter. But being informed and prepared is one way to put your mind at ease. And once your mind is at ease, you can celebrate your baby and the little girl or boy that will soon be born.
I was “boring” and kept the gender (and the potential names) of my first two babies a surprise until D-day. We did find out for the third, but not in the ultrasound room. We had the doctor write it down and we opened it as a family the following day.
“Sooo…. Are you going to find out what you are having???
Me personally? I’ve done it a bunch of ways:
Pregnancy 1: Holding out.
I had dreams about my baby having one eye ball. I had dreams about the baby coming too early. I had dreams that the baby was a boy. I was right. We, and the rest of the world, found out “It’s a boy!” right there in the delivery room. Best surprise ever.
Pregnancy 2: Holding out (except for super secret keeper sister)
With my second pregnancy, we switched it up a bit. I had another baby coming in April (again) and still did not want to know the gender until D-day. BUT, when the 20 week ultrasound rolled around, we had the doctor write the gender and seal it in an envelope. I held that blasted envelope in my house and did not once hold it up to the light to try to take a peek. You guys. Serious willpower. We mailed the envelope to my sister who was living in Colorado at the time. She knew the gender, but we didn’t. And now you are asking, “Why would you do that?” Come on people, obvious reasons. I was having a second baby in April. If it was a boy, he would be set with seasonally appropriate hand-me-downs. If it was a girl, well, that’s where my sister would step in. It was her job to make sure that the little girl didn’t come home from the hospital in a football layette. But suuuuuurprise, “It’s another boy!”
Pregnancy Three: For the love of babies I can’t wait 9 months again!
When I found out I was pregnant third time, I wanted to know. I wanted to know if I was going to be a full on “boy mom” or if there was a chance that I would ever be found in the girl section of Baby Gap (dresses, rompers, and sun hats oh my!). But more important than the gender, I wanted to have both experiences. We went to the 20 week ultrasound, had the doctor write the gender down again and seal it up. The following day was Thanksgiving. My husband and I took the boys outside and opened the envelope as a family. Somebody get this girl a queen’s crown because it’s…..ANOTHER BOY!
Despite the amazing surprise that it is to find out in the delivery room, I really, really liked knowing the gender of my baby. I truly do think I felt a stronger bond with the baby knowing he was a HE.
And what’s a better way to kick off your baby’s life than a one-of-a-kind announcement? With all the social media trends in creatively sharing your news – it can be a lot of pressure, but still so much fun. Whether you find out or not, check out these “outside the bump” ways to share your baby news with the world:
Congratulations to all you pregnant mama’s out there and a huge thanks to Panorama for sponsoring this post. All opinions, including those about my formerly cute belly button, are my own.
*And the movie? Pretty Woman. Come on!