Turns out, some women do feel better (healthier) when they are pregnant than when they aren’t.
I read a magazine article the other day written by a lady that had 8 kids and was pregnant with her 9th. She stated her body reacted so well to pregnancy hormones that she actually felt better when she was pregnant. At one point she was pre-menopausal and was looking at not being pregnant anymore, which made her very sad, because she went through all sorts of physical changes and even bio-identical hormones didn’t help her feel better. It wasn’t until she became pregnant with her 9th child that she started to feel like herself again.
This shocked me, only because my body does not react well to pregnancy. My body doesn’t even like birth control. When I was pregnant with my first, I was moody and exhausted all the time. My second pregnancy crippled me with Bell’s Palsy and my last pregnancy made me an irritable, exhausted mess again. On birth control I always gain weight and have mood swings.
I am not looking forward to menopause.
I hate hormones. Kinda. I mean, because of hormones we are able to grow another human in our wombs. So I guess they are useful little buggers.
But have you ever heard of someone that is happier and healthier while she is pregnant? Is that you?
7 Real Stories of Women Who Felt Better & Healthier Pregnant
Here are 7 stories from other bloggers who felt healthier when they were pregnant. Their stories might shock you, or you might actually relate to them. I, personally, am pretty jealous of them.
8 Pregnancies & Always Felt Amazing
The first story comes from Jeanine, from Six Time Mommy. She should probably update her blog to 8 time mommy, because she said all 8 pregnancies were absolutely amazing.
I have 8 kids and I’ve always felt my very best when pregnant. Even with my last two pregnancies having gestational diabetes – I felt wonderful. I’m not sure if it’s because we know we have to take care of ourselves to the fullest when pregnant (which I often don’t after as I tend to the babies!) but I always feel amazing!
I love that she felt amazing even when she had gestational diabetes! That’s pretty awesome actually.
Purely Blissed Out
I love how Dee, from Cocktails With Mom, describes her pregnancies. She has a story many women can relate to. Her emotions were actually steady and she felt almost euphoric the entire time.
I felt my absolute best when I pregnant. No aches, no pains and was emotional steady throughout, or as some would say had no care in the world other than being purely blissed out knowing a tiny human was growing inside of me.
I know it’s different for everyone but mine were the best!
I’ve heard other ladies describe the blissful joy they felt knowing a human was growing inside them.
No More Migraines
Maureen from Wisconsin Mommy had a different experience. She struggled with migraines her entire life – except during her pregnancy.
Yes – my migraines disappeared when I was pregnant. That’s the longest I’ve gone without one since I was a teen. Then they got WAY worse after I had my son.
I wonder if her migraines got worse because of the baby crying, or because her baby turned into a teen? I’m kidding.
Clear Minded & Level Headed
Candy’s story is another one who felt absolutely happy while pregnant.
My self image was definitely higher and at its highest when I was pregnant (all 5 times)! I never felt more clear minded (even though I would forget things sometimes) but overall felt level headed and great about myself. I think having kids does a real number on you, mentally.
Since she felt this amazing with all 5 of her pregnancies, I believe her. My ability to enjoy pregnancies diminished with each one. By number 3 I was literally over it. So I admire her enjoyment of it.
No More Insomnia
Jen from Crafty Life said she actually slept better. Yup! She also said her skin was the best ever, which mine was too. I do remember my skin clearing up during pregnancy.
I was my healthiest pregnant despite the last one ending in HELLP – I had fibro & autoimmune that was undiagnosed unbeknownst to me at the time, but all my issues- insomnia, IBS, migraines and skin issues disappeared when I was PG. I loved being pregnant.
Even her IBS and migraines went away too during her pregnancy. Imagine that!
Balanced Out Hormones
Kara said she felt like her body was made to have babies. Her story is so full of joy!
Especially in my first pregnancy, I felt AMAZING. It was if my body knew that it was made to have babies because pregnancy seemed to balance out my hormones and was a huge blessing to my health. Plus, it made me be very intentional about what I ate, with no excuses.
What she said about being more intentional about what she ate is a very common theme with pregnant women and mothers-to-be. So that might have something to do with how amazing everyone felt.
Conscious About What I Ate
Our final story comes from Onyi. Her pregnancy gave her more motivation to work out, eat right, and restart her blog.
I definitely felt healthier while pregnant during my 1st pregnancy. I was working out consistently, very conscious of what I was putting in my body. Can’t forget to mention all of the positive attention was so motivating to restart my blog!
Why do some women feel better when they are pregnant?
There are scientific, medical reasons that some women react so well to pregnancy. I’m not a doctor, I just found some information online.
In fact, a thorough article on BabyCenter quotes multiple researchers from places like Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This article states that pregnancy can almost seem like a miracle cure for women who suffer medical issues beforehand.
Every single authority quoted in the article says that hormones are to blame. There are some healing affects of pregnancy hormones with some women’s bodies and mind.
Another reason some people feel better when they are pregnant is that they simply take care of themselves more and they get more positive support and feed back from friends and family.
Whatever the reason, if you are one of the lucky few, enjoy every single blissful moment!