My pregnancy has been so full of excitement! I recognize how lucky I am to have avoided all complications and/or problematic occurrences during my first two trimesters, and I’m incredibly grateful. As a result, I’ve had the freedom to enjoy everything from the extra cuddles from my hubby and excited questions from family, friends, coworkers and strangers, to every single medical appointment. But my absolute favourite part of the experience so far is feeling our baby move.
In the beginning, I was worried because I wasn’t able to feel anything at all, while my friend who is due about the same time was already getting kicked in the ribs. Once I confirmed with my midwife that it’s different for every woman, I felt better but I was still anxious. Then I went for a massage.
Earlier that week I felt like I had an unusual amount of gas. TMI maybe, but there it is! At the massage, I was laying on the most comfortable pregnancy pillow ever when I started to feel something. I assumed at first that this was just more gas, but then I realized the feeling was not quite the same… and it slowly dawned on me that I was finally, for the first time, feeling my baby move! It was absolutely thrilling!
I assume that this was simply the first time I actually recognized what I was feeling, probably because I was lying on my belly which I hadn’t done in months and that, combined with the massage, probably encouraged my baby to wiggle even more than usual. Whatever the reason, I felt so excited and happy and I couldn’t wait to get home and tell my husband. And I still haven’t gotten used to the feeling. Somewhere between gas and a roller coaster and a hungry tummy, the feeling is instantly noticeable now and I constantly find myself putting my hand on my belly and watching for more!
Now I find myself considering how much I’ll miss these constant flutters and tummy movements when I’m no longer pregnant! But that’s in the future. For now, I’m just basking in all these precious moments with my little belly fruit.