My very pregnant friend texted me, “I am soooo grumpy today. Please tell me that is a sign. Haha.”
And I texted back, “Oh yes, in fact, I think it was officially added to the map of labor. It is its own stage I’m sure.”
Well. Isn’t it?
We must get grumpy before the baby comes!
Well, at least I do. And being a doula and childbirth educator I see it in many of the mommas I work with. I would say it is the “transition” part of pregnancy or even that stage of labor before the first stage of labor. For me it is when I get to the point that it is better for me to stay at home rather than go out. Why? Because I will just get offended or offend someone else. Truly. Save me. It happens even though I try so hard to pretend to have my cool in those last weeks and days before the baby comes. And this stage can last and last so beware!
But who can blame a woman for snapping back when someone says to her,
“You look like you are going to pop.”
“Are you like overdue now?”
“Wow! your belly is big.”
“When is that baby coming?”
Seriously? My BIG pregnancy clothes don’t fit, I can’t shave my legs, I mistake pee for amniotic fluid and you want to remind me that I look big. Boo! And by ‘boo’ I mean scatter, move aside, grumpy pregnant lady coming through. Don’t mess with me.
Anyhow, if you are in the “grumpy” place, good, that means you are almost there. You are going to make it I promise!