Things you miss most during pregnancy

Things you miss most during pregnancy

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Pregnancy has some major pros, such as the attention, the anticipation, and the joy of feeling the baby move. But there are some woes, too. For nine months, you may be deprived of daily pleasures that you never fully appreciated…until they were gone.

Expecting moms weigh in here and on the our site Community pages about the pre-pregnancy perks they plan to enjoy again once their baby's born. Here's a selection of their comments.


"I miss wine. After a long stressful day or with a really good meal, there's nothing like a nice glass of wine."

"I miss blueberry beer! When it's hot and humid out, all I want is an ice-cold beer."

"Yes, a drink. Not just any drink, but a glass of Zinfandel or a cosmo."

"I miss hanging out with the girls, drinking margaritas."

"I miss home brewing. Technically I can still do that, but what's the point of making beer if I can't drink it?"
A our site member

Learn what experts have to say about having a drink or two during pregnancy.

Favorite activities

"Snowboarding next month and our annual 11-mile hike to Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon."

"Saunas and wood-fired hot tubs. So sad I can't do it all summer."

"I had many plans while husband was deployed that I have to put on hold now that I'm pregnant. Wine tasting tours, new tattoo, mud run, and skydiving."
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"I miss being able to play on the floor with my 2-year-old. When I do get down on the floor and play, I definitely miss being able to pop right back up."

"Exercising with full intensity. Working out while pregnant is a tough balance between not overdoing it and feeling like your body is moving."

"I'm gonna miss lifting weights with my husband. I know I can still lift lightly, but my husband has a fit if I lift anything at all."

"Hard workouts! I've been too sick to do anything more intense than walking. I would love to get all sweaty and worn out from more than just unloading the dryer."

"Drinking beer and playing roller derby (not at the same time)."

Find out if it's safe to get a tattoo while you're pregnant, and learn about the best kinds of exercise during pregnancy.

Off-limits foods

"I've craved sushi so badly since becoming pregnant, I almost don't want to eat. California rolls made with imitation crab meat have had to suffice."

"Deli meat. I was a sandwich-a-day girl, and lunch hasn't been the same since I got pregnant."

"Italian subs."

"I miss unpasteurized cheeses."

"Runny eggs and cookie dough."

"I miss the sheer joy of eating. For my entire pregnancy, eating has been tainted by morning sickness, followed by heartburn and indigestion. The biggest thing I look forward to after giving birth is eating three pieces of pizza without worrying about regretting it later!"

Get the lowdown on what's safe to eat during pregnancy, including guidelines for eating sushi, soft cheeses, and deli meats.

Caffeinating at will

"Coffee … sweet Lord, I miss coffee."

"I miss having caffeinated soda multiple times each day."

"I miss not having to watch my caffeine intake. I occasionally drink a regular soda, but I'd like to drink more of them."

"Diet Coke and unlimited raspberry java chip Frappuccinos."

"French vanilla cappuccinos."

"I have cheated with the occasional white chocolate mocha with whipped cream. Mmmmmmm!"

"Energy drinks: Oh, I used to live off of these. I know they're bad, but I really miss them."

"I should be missing chocolate because of the caffeine, but I couldn't give it up."

Find out about eating chocolate and having caffeine during pregnancy.

A normal sense of smell

"I miss the ignorant bliss of not being able to smell everything in the room."

"Before, I think I had an average sense of smell, but now it's sharp. Like a diva, I've abruptly left restaurants because of a disturbing smell. One example is washcloth odor, which repulses me beyond words. I've definitely embarrassed my husband."

"I totally miss having my ordinary sense of smell instead of the sensitive 'dog nose' I have now. I don't want to smell what my co-worker is eating 200 feet away."

"It seems all of my close friends and family members have distinctive smells (body odor, perfumes and colognes, or something they always eat). I actually have to avoid one friend who practically bathes in cologne. I have a hard time explaining it to him."

Get tips for dealing with smells that make you gag.

Peaceful sleep

"I miss sleeping on my back and stomach, not using the bathroom every hour or so, and not having back pain!"

"I miss sleeping a full night. At 5 1/2 months along, it's sore feet, three trips to the bathroom, and nightmares each night."

"Getting out of bed without having to roll off."

"I sleep eight to 10 hours and still need a couple of power naps each day."

"I used to put my head on the pillow and fall asleep. Nowadays it takes at least an hour to find a comfortable position, and then I need to go to the bathroom."

"Sleeping on my back, and sleeping without waking up to achy legs every 30 minutes."

"I miss sleeping, especially on my stomach. I'm 34 weeks pregnant with twins, so even sleeping on my side is impossible. I have to sleep sitting up, which makes dreams weirder, and headaches are almost a given."

"I miss being able to cuddle with my husband. Right now (4 weeks to go), I need to be surrounded by pillows to be comfortable for the few hours of sleep that I get."

"I can't seem to keep my eyes open past 9 o'clock at night. Of course, once I fall asleep, it doesn't last long because I get these vicious kicks to the bladder from my diva in training."

Find out more about handling pregnancy sleep problems and whether it's safe to sleep on your back or on your stomach.

Cute shoes

"I really, really, really miss my collection of heels, fancy shoes, dress shoes, stiletto sandals, and all the pretty shoes my usually tiny feet can fit into. I'm so sick of practical (that is, ugly) tennis shoes, and although I love my slip-on shoes, I'm sick of having to wear those as well."

"My feet aren't swollen so much as puffy, so my feet don't look good in cute shoes. I live vicariously through all the sexy-footed people I see each day."

"I'm sure my shoes and cute sandals all miss me, too. I had to stow away a huge percentage of my wardrobe just so I won't feel bad about not being able to fit into my thin clothes anymore. I can't wait until I can wear those again."

"I'm so sick of 'sensible' shoes."

"I had to wear flip-flops to a friend's wedding."

"Sexy stilettos!"

Find out why your feet may grow during pregnancy, and check out these fashion essentials for hip mamas.

Feeling sexy

"The sexy blonde doesn't look so sexy with her roots showing! I miss getting my hair done!"

"I miss being sexy because I don't feel that way very much."

"I can't wait to walk into a room and have all eyes on me again."

"I'm huge and uncomfortable, and I miss my cute outfits."

"I miss my cute little pencil skirts. Now that my legs are lovely with dimples (and a bit more enlarged), I don't show them off. No, thanks."

"I miss my thong panties. I hate granny panties. And I never want to wear another maxi pad in my life."

Learn the secrets to maternity dressing and get tips on looking and feeling your best during pregnancy.

A rocking sex life

"I really miss sex with my husband. My sex drive is fine, but he's convinced that it would hurt the baby."

"I miss being able to change it up a little. Being confined to the one position that works now is no fun at all."

"I miss my husband … sex with him, that is. There's something to be said about that kind of connection. I'm afraid of early labor because I've been getting contractions for the past month."

"I miss being close to my husband. We snuggle on the couch and talk, and I feel emotionally closer to him than I ever have. But I miss having him lay down on top of me for a few moments after sex while we both bask in the afterglow."

"I miss sex. We still do it, but it's just not the same. It doesn't feel the same: It's awkward, hardly spontaneous, and just not sexy."


Find out all about sex during pregnancy, including what's safe and what's not.

Feeling capable and independent

"I miss being viewed as a powerful and independent woman. People won't let me do anything for myself. I can still do a lot of stuff – slowly, mind you, but I can still do it."

"I miss feeling like I can remember things and being detail-oriented. I forget everything and make really dumb errors now."

"I miss being able to clean my house and keep it clean. I just don't have the ability or the energy to scrub it anymore, and my husband doesn't have the time. The mess just builds up and drives me crazy."

"I miss my mind. I don't feel as sharp or on the ball. And I forget a lot. The more 'ditzy' I feel, the more I feel like I'm less of a strong, smart, independent woman."

"What's driving me nuts is not being able to pick up things off the floor!"

"I miss not being treated like an invalid by friends and family members. They want to help with everything when they come over: They make me sit down while they cook and clean. I hate doing chores, but I still feel stupid sitting there twiddling my thumbs."

"I miss being in charge of what I do and don't do with my own body. I'm so sick of saying, 'I don't think I can do that,' and 'I can't.' I can't wait to say, 'Yes, I'd love to!'"

"I miss putting on underwear without face planting."

"I'm also missing my independence. I need help moving large objects. I'm too worried about falling to climb on a chair. (I'm short, so this is a big thing for me.) I often need to ask for help doing things that used to be easy."

"I'm forgetful, accidentally driving past places where I'm supposed to go."

Find out about forgetfulness during pregnancy.

Being visible and included

"I miss being my own person, not simply a vessel. I get random calls from friends who just want to know how 'we' are doing today."

"I miss being included in things. Everyone assumes that I won't want to go because I'm pregnant. I miss my mom calling to see how I am doing. Now it's, 'How's my baby?' (First grandchild – she's more excited than I am!)"

"I miss walking into a room and having people look at my face first. Now it's belly, then face!
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"We went to a theme park. I thought surely there'll be a ride I can go on. There wasn't. Being left out of fun stuff and not having enough energy to participate in things is awful."

"I miss having a conversation without people asking me about the baby every time. I feel like people don't care about me anymore – just the baby!"

"I constantly feel left out by everyone. I miss feeling like part of the group. Now I just feel like an outsider looking in."

"I miss going to parties on the weekends and hanging out with my friends, who seem to think pregnant people can't leave their houses."

Read about the pregnancy blahs and get tips on how to beat them.

Pre-pregnancy body

"I missed my feet. They disappeared somewhere around month five."

"I miss hugging like a normal person. Now I have to shift the belly to the side when I'm going in for a hug. My 7-year-old says she misses it too."
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"I missed, and still miss, the cute little belly button I once had."

"I miss laughing out loud like crazy or simply sneezing without a little pee leaking out. I tell my 3-year-old daughter when it happens, so she doesn't feel bad when she can't get to the potty fast enough and does the same thing herself. She cracks up, which in turn makes me laugh even more, and the cycle continues!"

"I miss my abs! I finally get boobs (from an A to a C), and now my midsection looks like I'm smuggling a melon."

"Since getting pregnant, my butt has gotten freakishly smaller, and now it's all flabby."

"What happened to my boobs? Goodness! My nipples don't match – they're dark brown and huge!"

"I miss holding my 3-year-old on my slowly disappearing lap."

"My chin – I now have two chins lumped together."

"Adorably pedicured, normal-size feet."

Get tips for feeling good about your pregnant body.

Emotional control

"I miss my old attitude (because apparently this one is b*tchy)."

"Everything makes me cry – either happy tears or sad tears."

"Oh, I miss having control of my emotions. I'm so tired of breaking down over stuff."

"I miss being laid back and not so sensitive. I cry all the time, and the smallest thing turns me into a witch."

Learn all about mood swings, depression, and anxiety and stress during pregnancy.

Watch the video: 5 Things You Need To Know If You Are Pregnant. NewsMo (June 2022).


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