…is that you’re hyper-aware of your body.
When you’re not pregnant, the only time you really take notice of what is going on with your body is when something is wrong. In general, you don’t have to think about it. You just are. You just exist.
Especially now, in the end stages of my pregnancy, I am constantly distracted by the various things my body is doing. It is, without exception, always up to something.
The baby might be moving. And if he isn’t, your hip might be hurting. And if your hip is fine, maybe your back is spasming. And if that’s all good for the moment, you’re probably contracting. And if you aren’t doing that, then your feet are probably swollen and aching in your shoes. Or you’re probably sweating profusely. Or you’ve got some sweet carpal tunnel going on. Or your skin is probably itching on your boobs. Or you’ve got heartburn. Or you can’t take a full breath. Or your nose is bleeding. Or you’re nauseous. Or you’ve got restless leg. Or you need to pee. Or you’re starving (probably for something very specific and nothing else will do!!).
Anyway. I’m not trying to complain. My point is that I was just sitting here in awe of how quickly you get used to constantly taking signals from your body. How quickly all of that becomes normal. So normal, in fact, that you almost forget about what it was like to not constantly be reading body-data.
Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t it fascinating that our minds allow us to make this kind of adjustment so that pregnancy isn’t completely torturous?
People ask you how you’re feeling, and you can honestly answer that you’re feeling fine. At the same time, if they asked you what pregnancy symptoms you were experiencing, you’d have a list a mile long. But somehow, “I’m feeling fine, thank you!” is still something you can say and mean.
But if you weren’t pregnant, and you were feeling all of those things, you’d never be able to say you were fine with a straight face. “Normal” has been completely redefined to accommodate this abnormal experience.
That’s pretty cool.