…..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. 
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18 thoughts on “The worst symptom of pregnancy is Sobriety”

  1. Ha ha this made me laugh. I lost 1/2 stone during pregnancy and I’m putting it down to not drinking! Now I measure my intake a bit better and HAVE to get to bed a bit earlier but still like a glass of wine at 7pm when kids asleep!

  2. Good points 🙂 Sometimes its funny watching others drunk when you’re not too haha. I find if I chose not to drink I’m fine, but if for some reason I can’t drink I always find I really want one. #bestandworst

  3. I get where you’re coming from – at first I really missed beer and wine when I was pregnant, but then I just got used to not drinking. I was really paranoid about drinking while breastfeeding at first so I didn’t drink at all for the first few months – but I’m over that now. As long as I know that she’s not going to feed for at least 2-3 hours, I allow myself the occasional tipple – and it’s great. 🙂 #bestandworst

  4. The advice about drinking and eating during pregnancy / feeding is so confusing! It changes all the time. When the Tubblet was born, the advice was you could have a glass of wine occasionally. A few years later, nothing at all!

  5. I’m so with you here! I LOVE a glass of wine of two, as you may know.. When I was pregnant it was SO hard, as wine is just part of my life. I love that you have good intentions to keep up the good wine limiting behaviour once you are no longer carrying a human. It didn’t work for me. Having a baby sometimes made me need wine more!! Thank Jesus, for the delicious juice of the Gods! #coolmumclub

  6. Hey,
    I am not a mother so have never been pregnant, but I’ve decided to give drinking a miss for a while, not even because it’s dry January but because I just don’t feel like it. It’s amazing how much more energy you have how much do you listen and spend time with your friends, and generally just how awesome you feel!
    Thanks for a lovely read! 🙂 #Abitofeverything xxx

  7. Brilliant. You def have a slight smugness at no hangover for 9 months but it can be a little dull. Bbq’s/Christmas/birthdays are not quite as much fun with beer/wine ha ha! #coolmumclub lifeinthemumslane

  8. Oh I never had this problem! I’m not a huge drinker and it genuinely never bothered me to not drink. Infact I got so used to it (especially with having three babies back to back) that these days, I never really drink at all!! #sharewithme

  9. Ah, I am someone who is almost teetotal, so I found pregnancy a pleasant reprieve. I finally hd a socially acceptable reason not to drink, and didnt have to give an in depth summery about my reasons not to drink. You are right drinking is such a part of our culture these days and not joining in is often met with great suspicion.
    Thanks for linking up with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

  10. Hahahaha! I must say I don’t drink much and really didn’t feel like I even wanted to during pregnancy. I did occasionally vaguely miss having a nice cool glass of wine if hubby had a beer, but to be honest, he didn’t drink much during my pregnancy either. It probably did us both good!!

    Thanks for sharing #TheBabyformula

  11. I love this and so true it’s such a different experience on the other side and to be honest i hardly drink ever anymore after having my two back to back as I was either carrying a baby or feeding for the better of three plus years so when I was me again I didn’t actual like the taste who would have thought. lol It changed my tastebuds and I really can’t stand wine anymore I know gasp!! Never thought I would say that. lol You never know. 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

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