Thursday, February 24, 2011

Winter Pregnancy = HATE

Gee, which would you prefer?!

So I have to say I absolutely hate being pregnant in the winter. Everyone always comments on how horrible it is to be pregnant during the hot summer but I completely disagree, I think winter is waaay worse! 

First off the wardrobe. You have 5+ layers of clothing to put on to do anything... so much for being bra-less in a sundress and flip flops, oh no, you've got tight jeans, an uncomfortable bra, a camisole, a long sweater, socks, and then a coat. It feels as if you're strapped into a girdle all day long and I rejoice the time of night that I can strip down and put on some comfy sweats and an oversized t-shirt.

Along those same lines, since you're fully clothed in a ton of layers no one knows definitively if you're pregnant or not. I mean at 6+ mos pregnant with all of my garb on I can definitely look just really chubby. And I don't know about any other women out there but I don't ever want to feel chubby, I don't enjoy the questionable looks, I almost want to throw on a midriff tee just so that everyone who's been wondering in secret can finally go "Oh. Yeah she's definitely pregnant."

You can barely tell Naomi Watts is
9 months pregnant under all this crap!
Moving onto the shoes. Like I said, so much for flip flops that you can slip on and off without even bending over. NOPE! Even the slip on boots require bending in half, which let's be honest, is not entirely possible at this stage in the game therefore you have to plop your big butt down on the floor to get them on... which means THEN you have to get your big butt back up... with a toddler in hand... and a diaper bag. And forget about any shoes that lace or god forbid boots with heels and zippers... it's not happening. Basically anything cute is out the window.

Next up... dry... Colorado... air. The air here sucks you dry and it's a million times worse in the winter. This means that the annoying eczema that I've dealt with my whole life is majorly amplified in the winter... AND it's amplified by pregnancy hormones. The result? My skin is worse than it's been since I was 14 years old, seriously. I itch my legs to the point that they are covered in bruises... I'm not kidding... and the itching is so bad that it literally keeps me up all night long even after taking Benadryl right before bedtime. Seriously it's miserable.

Another joy about the winter here, the clocks change back. So basically it gets dark about 5:00 and when it's dark it makes me feel like it's time to sleep. I mean I pretty much feel like I'm hibernating in the winter, the clock hit's 4:30 and it's time to get dinner going, then we eat, and shortly after it's crash time. Am I the only one who thinks this SUCKS?! In the summer it's another story, it doesn't get dark until about 9. So I don't even think about dinner until about 7, etc. All in all it leaves a lot of time to hang and relax, visit with friends, throw bbq's etc.

Not to mention the activities there are to do in the summer vs the winter. We go boating, we have bbq's, football games with friends, camping, 4 wheeling, playing at the park, gardening, etc. So much to do it's invigorating... not so much during the winter... in the winter I feel like a sloth and even more so with a big ol pregnant belly.

The doctor's appointments- nothing new here except now you get to trek out in blizzards with all of the stupid drivers on the planet. More mess, more hassle, crappy road conditions mean showing up late to appointments which means stress and high blood pressure readings. And forget about getting acurate weight measurements! Depending on the wardrobe of the day, leggings vs heavy jeans, wool sweaters vs henleys, shoes vs boots, your weight can go up and down 3+ lbs per appointment (precisely the reason why I weigh myself naked hah!).

I really could go on and on and I've decided that I will not have another winter pregnancy in the future if I can help it. I'd take the hot sweaty weather anyday over this nonsense.


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