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Getting pregnant is a dream come true for most women. Finally, they can have the glorious feeling of having a life growing inside them, and start to plan for having a child. However, being pregnant is also a lot of hard work. Suddenly, there are lots of things you have to do, and even more things that you cannot do anymore. No more partying until the sun comes up, no more alcohol, no more smoking, no more blue cheese, no more unpasteurized dairy products, no more looking after the cat. The list is endless! However, I am here to tell you that your life isn’t over for the next nine months, nor will it be over once you become a mother and have to be a responsible adults. Pregnancy is fun, motherhood is fun. All you have to do is learn how to enjoy it.

Across this series of articles, I will discuss with you all the things that are so much fun about being pregnant. From being well within your rights to tell your partner to go to the supermarket in the middle of the night for that jar of pickles you absolutely need, to being allowed to nap whenever the fancy takes you, to knowing how all those sacrifices are totally worth it the first time you hear your baby’s heartbeat or feel the fetus kick inside your womb.

Being pregnant doesn’t mean that your life is over, it simply means that a new chapter in the book of your life has started. While it is certainly true that there are many things you suddenly can’t do, those things also prepare you for what it means to be a mother. Being a mother means making sacrifices, but those sacrifices are so worth it when you see your child grow up into a responsible person, all thanks to your hard work.

Furthermore, there are things that you can only do when you are pregnant, one of which is enjoying the magic of what is happening to your body. There are also lots of very funny pregnancy quirks; moments when you will look at yourself in the mirror or stop yourself in the middle of some action, and wonder what it is that you are busy doing. These are all wonderful moments, and I recommend that you write them down as well. One day, you will look back at those moments with so much love and happiness, perhaps even sharing them with your child.