…..feet and hands swollen, back aches, mood swings, sore breasts, Braxton hicks, SOBRIETY. Yes, sobriety should be considered a symptom of pregnancy and, in my opinion, is one of the worst.
But before I go on, let me be straight with you, I’m not an alcoholic, however I do enjoy wandering down to the pub after work with friends to have a nice, tasty, delicious glass of red wine. ; )
So…..since becoming pregnant, I have realised how much alcohol is a part of our lives. BBQ? Have a Corona. Brunch? Giggles with champagne and orange juice. Lunch? Wake up and smell the Espresso Martini. Dinner? Oh yeaaaa, there’s that nice wee glass of red wine I was talking about. Movies? Yes, you can drink and eat dinner at the movies now. Bowling? Oi! Where’s that corona?! Boat party with coworkers? Ay, Ay, Captain Morgan and lemonade mix. Bunga Bunga? Who could turn down a butt-shaped cup filled of sweet cocktail goodness?! Sign me uuuuuppp! Baby shower? White russian shots for everyone! (Okay, this one was my bad : ) )
Name an occasion which doesn’t involve drinking………think about it……….am I right?! Alright, I’m over-exaggerating a bit and obviously there are people that don’t need a drink for any of these occasions. BUT my point is that most people, I’d say more than 95%, do take a drink on every single occasion mentioned above and thus, I became highly aware of how sober I am.
On the bright side, I have learned many things about being completely sober.
1. You wake up feeling A-M-A-Z-I-N-G the next morning, who knew?
2. You become more productive. Hello organising my calendar and folding my clothes into drawers!
3. You walk into work Monday morning with……yes I’m going to say this…an actual smile on your face. You are ready to get iiiinn and do the work.
4. Your outlook on life becomes more positive as your focus shifts to things that actually make your soul feel good.
5. You have SO MUCH MORE MONEY. I am now able to buy that expensive winter coat I have been looking at for a year.
6. You become a better friend. You make more of an effort and learn more about the person when you just go for a coffee (rather than getting shit-faced on Yeager bombs with your best friend and dancing until 2am, waking up and forgetting the whole night, ‘what did we even talk about?’)
7. You are YOU. You realise you don’t need a social buffer to be more comfortable, you’re just you. You stop caring about what other people think. 8. You listen.
9. You want more out of life. Saturday morning I put up inspirational quotes on my wall and wrote down my goals for 2016 (it’s not even December!).
10. You lose weight! While I was supposed to be gaining weight during pregnancy, I actually lost a few pounds in the first trimester and since then have become healthier.
In conclusion, I think when I return to the ‘real me’ again AKA not carrying another person inside of me, I shall look upon this epiphany and drink a bit less on a Friday evening. : ) and I’m out.