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This pregnancy has been so weird for me. I had all the spotting early on so I was worried then and now that I'm less than a week away from finding out the sex I'm still not sure I believe it. It's so surreal this time around. I haven't felt too many convincing movements yet either so I guess that's partly why. When am I going to finally FEEL pregnant?
I know you would like to get some very clear reminders that there is a little one growing inside you, but maybe it's best to be thankful that for the first part of your pregnancy things went about as pretty normal. Soon enough your belly will get bigger, you'll feel movement, and in just a few months you'll be dreaming of the days your back didn't ache and you felt like your old self like you do now. Perhaps seeing the baby again in ultrasound and finding out the sex will make him/her more real to you. Do you have a name picked out yet? Maybe once you know the sex, calling your LO by its name and talking to him/her will make them more real to you.
This is my 2nd pregnancy as well and I felt the exact same way for the longest time. I think part of it had to do w/ being so busy w/ my daughter than I didn't have all the time and energy to focus on the pregnancy. That and since it's my 2nd pregnancy, there isn't the novelty that there is w/ the first, ya know? Once I found out the sex and started thinking of names, I felt a lot more connected. Now I have a big huge belly and can no way NOT feel pregnant, LOL!
Once that baby starts moving, there is no doubt you will feel pregnant! It's hard to be in the first half, because there is so little happening with the baby and usually so much with our bodies. I felt my first kick around 17 weeks and by about 22-23 weeks, I was getting consistent movements. Only a few more weeks!
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)
Are you nursing your other child? For me, when I was pregnant with #3, I was nursing her 1yo sister. I didn't feel pregnant almost the whole time! I knew I was, I could feel movement and the rest of the blessed pregnancy symptoms but hormonally, there wasn't as much of a change since I was still nursing. It was very surreal the whole time. When she was born, it took a little mental gymnastics to really truly believe it all. I know that sounds weird. There was a point towards the end (when you become incapable of any logic) that I started to believe that I wasn't pregnant that this was just the way my body looked. Nuts! I know.
To reassure you, I bonded with her very will and she totally stole my heart. Not feeling pregnant is kind of a gift. It made the time fly by!