Many women dream of becoming mothers, imagining all the beautiful moments that come with having a baby. However, it’s also completely normal to fear or be unenthusiastic about pregnancy itself. Those important nine months teach you just how awesome — and kind of weird — the human body can be.
Pregnancy is a very personal time that’s different for every woman and every pregnancy. Most pregnancies provide plenty of joyful and funny anecdotes.
They also generally entail morning sickness, back pain, stretch marks, or other often-temporary discomforts. Some encounter more serious complications like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. 10 to 15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriages.
Whatever you or your loved ones are going through, odds are that someone out there can relate. Thanks to the internet, it’s a lot easier to find others who understand both the serious and lighthearted moments. They may even have the exact wisdom you need to hear. Check out these videos for a mix of spoofs, uplifting tales, and somber accounts of pregnancy.
Pregnancies are filled with some wonderful — and some not so wonderful — experiences. Esther Anderson makes you chuckle as she highlights some of those less desirable moments. For example, newly pregnant women may discover an unexpected side effect when sneezing, especially in the third trimester. Rest easy — the pregnancy “struggle” is temporary. As she shows you, the memories fade quickly once you’re holding your bundle of joy.
Prepping for a baby is an exciting time, perhaps so exciting that it can make you a little weird. Not just in terms of cravings for pickles and ice cream. Eager to capture every moment, you may find yourself filming your pregnant belly waiting for a kick. You’re not alone. BuzzFeed presents one couple’s glimpse into pregnancy, including their many trips to the bathroom.
In this Boldly video by BuzzFeed, real women open up about their relationships to pregnancy. They discuss the physical changes, but also the unexpected emotional experiences like antepartum depression. If you or partner are feeling alone or scared, watch this video. The women encourage you to stay positive, and that, “you’re the perfect parent for your child.” And they all agree — parenthood is worth it.
While you might absolutely love being pregnant, sometimes the bump just gets in the way. This highly-relatable video from BuzzFeed pokes fun at the issues of having a bump. Sure, there are women who can fit into their jeans all the way through, but they’re unicorns. Perhaps people have already started talking straight to your belly. At least you’ll be ready for the awkward tummy hugs that come with the territory.
Jayleen is a single mother who’s going back to school to be a nurse. Though she encountered some added challenges as a new mom, her positive attitude shines through. She shares how her perspective changed completely now that she has her son. Her joy is both infectious and inspiring.
In New Jersey, pizza and bagels reign supreme. So when Jenni Farley, aka JWoww, was pregnant with her second child, this Jersey Shore alum craved all kinds of pizza. To put an end to her hunger pangs, she cooks up several different varieties. Varieties include chicken Caesar salad, buffalo chicken and pickle, Doritos, and a Nutella and Twix pizza. Next time you’re jonesing for some homemade pizza, why not give her recipes a try?
There are all kinds of creative ways to share the big news via photos, email, social media … why not a music video? The Shocklee family spills the beans about their new addition while rocking out to a Meghan Trainor melody in the car. Their two daughters chime in from the backseat as well. Perhaps their video will inspire you to get a bit silly about the joy of announcing your own soon-to-be family member.
Walking, Pilates, yoga, and other low-impact activities can be great for future moms. Not only do they keep the blood flowing, they also help maintain or build strength, and keep weight in check. Don’t have time to get to the gym or studio? This 6-minute workout is the perfect solution for squeezing a bit of fitness into an already crowded day.
There’s morning sickness and then there’s hyperemesis gravidarum. It’s a condition marked by nausea and vomiting so severe that you may have to be hospitalized to keep hydrated and receive nutrition. TEDx speaker Neema Isa talks about how this condition made pregnancy the darkest period of her life. Her hindsight about her despair and isolation, her guilt and shame, may offer others with hyperemesis some solace.
This spoof on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” hits all the highs and lows of pregnancy. This mom-to-be shares her everyday bummers, like the need to pee every two seconds, and having to forego sushi. Against the upbeat backdrop, she pokes fun at newer customs, like push presents and baby shopping overloads. The video also highlights silly social annoyances we may all want to keep in mind with pregnant friends.
Roxy Limon shares how her real-life pregnancy stacks up to the one she envisioned. For example, she thought she’d continue to eat healthy and stick to her exercise routine. That clearly went out the window as she opted for junk food and sleeping instead. Watch Limon’s video for some other lighthearted reality checks.
Anna Saccone speaks about her fourth pregnancy, which came after a miscarriage. Saccone opens up about her symptoms and the early tests she underwent. She offers a frank recounting of her mixed emotions during those first three months. She also touches on a good point: pregnancies can feel very different, even for the same person. Watch her vlog for a glimpse into what it’s like to begin a pregnancy after a miscarriage and feeling uplifted again about a healthy pregnancy.
Catherine is a journalist who’s passionate about health, public policy, and women’s rights. She writes on a range of non-fiction topics from entrepreneurship to women’s issues, as well as fiction. Her work has appeared in Inc., Forbes, Huffington Post, and other publications. She is a mom, wife, writer, artist, travel enthusiast, and lifelong student.