Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Honest Truth . . . That You Will Never Hear

In response to the "How are you feeling?" question directed at an obviously pregnant woman, the pregnant woman always says "Fine," or "Good."

That's a lie*.

The truth is ugly. The truth is little sleep and exhaustion and carpal tunnel in the hands and plantar fasciitis in the feet and back pain and aches in all the muscles and panting from walking upstairs and feelings of suffocation when forced to bend over.

But who wants to hear that? No one. And who wants to say it? Not me.

So how am I feeling? Fine. Thanks for asking.

* So is the conventional response of, "Well, you look great!" but the social niceties must be observed.


tu mere said...

Really glad you got that out! Not that it makes anything better, but it's good for the soul, if not the body, to just vent every so often.

All of us that have been there really feel for you (especially this the mom).

Anonymous said...

Well, you look great!

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Lindsey @ Half Dime Homestead said...


I would've responded: "How do I feel? I'm wearing the wrong underwear for a pregnant women, I can't seem to stop peeing, and I've got a tedious fear that my child will be born a hermophrodite."

Yeah. "Fine" is much better.

And you know what? We don't look great. We look, at best, alive.

Alyssa said...

I'm home on my first day of maternity leave (pre-baby) so I have the luxury of catching up on blogs. All I can say is that my list is a little different, but YES.

Also, Lindsey - are you reading my mind?

Full moon tonight, and due in a few days, so I may be finding relief soon?

Daisy said...

My sister in law had an awesome maternity sweater. It just said "Super Uncomfortable, thanks." Perfect.