That being said, I've learned a lot in my first trimesters of pregnancy - and the ride trying to get there. In no particular order, 25 things I've learned in my first 25 weeks of pregnancy...
1. You almost need to take a class to learn all of the acronyms and lingo. Let's see, there was TTC, DPO, BFP, BFN, AF ... And don't forget your DH, DS, and DD. WTF?
2. Getting pregnant is not as easy for some as it is for others. It's important to remember that when discussing a very personal subject. A little sensitivity can go a long way.
3. I am pretty much always hungry. Like I can eat a full meal and want another one in an hour. So basically, pregnancy = tapeworm.
4. Maintaining my exercise routine has been a saving grace. I monitor my heart rate and modify some exercises here and there, but I couldn't imagine not staying active throughout this pregnancy. It's the one thing that makes me not feel like a big blob of goo.
5. Sneezing sucks. And coughing, laughing, blowing your nose, etc. I never imagined a simple act could hurt so much.
6. Round ligament pain. Google it. It's a real thing.
7. Being sick is never fun, but being sick while pregnant is SUPER not fun. I mean, I knew I'd miss wine and sushi, but I had no idea how much I'd miss Nyquil.
8. Popsicles are not wine, but they're an acceptable short-term replacement.
9. I don't know if I've ever been as overwhelmed in my life as I was the first time I walked into Babies R Us and had to actually think about needs for my own child. Why are there 50 different carseats and strollers? Can't there just be one of everything called "The perfect (fill in blank) that is perfect for your child and will keep him/her safe forever?"
10. Full-panel maternity pants are the way to go.
11. Picking out baby names is hard, especially when your last name starts with a vowel.
12. It is possible to pee 1,000 times in a day. Or at least it feels like that.
13. Some things are much easier than I thought they'd be.
14. Some things are much more difficult than I imagined. Like sitting down. And standing up. It's amazing how I can do burpees at the gym just fine but then come home and need help getting up from the couch.
15. Foot rubs feel better when you're pregnant.
16. Strangers have no shame in talking about your growing body and body parts involved in pregnancy.(Yes, airport restaurant waitress, I'm sure I want that waffle, but thanks for breakfast-shaming me.)
17. Feeling your baby kick is the coolest feeling in the world.
18. As a woman, it's natural to compare yourself to other women. It's just what we do. And when I see a nine-month pregnant woman who looks better than me, I secretly hate her (just kidding). And hope that my ginormous hips and thighs will give me an advantage in this whole childbirth thing (not kidding).
19. Oh, and the women who complain about not gaining enough weight during pregnancy. I just literally. can't. even.
20. Weird things happen to your body. Things I don't feel comfortable discussing here. And parts that were already plenty big enough just keep on getting bigger, like it or not.
21. No matter how thankful you are to be pregnant, or how fully you understand that gaining weight is part of pregnancy, it still isn't easy to watch your body morph into an unrecognizable marshmallow, and it's never fun to see the number on the scale getting higher with each week. People can say "you're not fat, you're pregnant" all they want, but that baby is less than two pounds right now. Where did the rest of this come from???
22. It's tough for those of us who want to be working mothers here in the U.S. You have to make a choice between spending real quality time with your baby after birth or returning to work. You can't have both, and you don't realize how difficult that will be until the time is almost here.
23. I watched a video of a woman giving birth in one of my classes. That looks painful. Why anyone would even try to do that without drugs is beyond my comprehension. (And seriously, how did she not die? I've never seen that much blood in my life.)
24. Having an amazing husband is ... well ... amazing. You need all the support you can get while going through this, and for those of us who get it from an amazing husband or partner, we are very, very lucky.
25. It absolutely IS possible to love someone with every fiber of your being, and every piece of your heart, before they are born.
Pregnancy certainly isn't glamorous, but it sure is beautiful - and a miracle I'm blessed I get to experience. I can't wait to meet my baby boy in a few months. I know I have a lot to learn until then, and I'll likely spend the rest of my life learning from him. But I couldn't imagine a better teacher than this precious little boy I'm lucky to call my son.