The 10 Holy Commandments of Pregnancy

The 10 Holy Commandments of Pregnancy

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The 10 Commandments of Pregnancy

The 10 Holy Commandments of Pregnancy

1. You shall not apologize when a random smell makes you puke or a single flight of stairs leaves you exhausted.

2. You shall read enough about pregnancy and labor to be informed, but not so much that you drive yourself crazy.

3. You shall savor those first baby flutters, like a special secret between you and your little one growing inside. 

4. You shall choose a name that you and your partner love—because that’s all that matters—and not worry about everyone else’s opinion. 

5. You shall not compare your weight gain to anyone else’s because every body and every pregnancy is different.

6. You shall always know the location of the nearest bathroom.

7. You shall recognize that the need to “eat for two” is a myth, but pregnancy cravings are not—and indulge accordingly.

8. You shall respond “yes” when someone asks to hold the door, pick up that box, or give up their seat for you.

9. You shall not refer to yourself as a cow, elephant, or any other large animal that a pregnant woman most certainly does not resemble.

10. You shall relish the fact that your body is spending nine months performing nothing short of a miracle.

Did you obey all 10 of these commandments while pregnant? 


  1. Vicky D'Agostino
    May 11, 2015 @ 21:02:44

    Good choices Katie!


  2. rebecca
    May 12, 2015 @ 22:54:21

    The weight gain thing…. oh man. With my last pregnancy, I gained 22 pounds and the doctor scolded me so bad saying that no one should ever gain that much. It was unheard of to gain more than 15 pounds and anything over was absurd. He had me so stressed out so much about it every week I went in. I felt so punished and couldn’t help that I had gained 22 pounds. It made me feel like a whale and all I could think about was how can I stop gaining anymore weight before the baby comes.


    • Katie M. McLaughlin
      May 13, 2015 @ 09:02:37

      That sounds like a miserable experience, and I’m so sorry you had to go through it! Especially considering that for most women, 25-35 pounds is now the recommended amount of weight gain!


  3. Nina
    May 13, 2015 @ 10:41:51

    So true, especially the flutters 🙂 That was by far my favorite part of pregnancy.


  4. Nikki @ Tikkido
    May 13, 2015 @ 12:19:14

    LOL, great list to keep in mind. I’m especially passionate about #2.


  5. terristeffes
    May 13, 2015 @ 15:15:12

    LOL, this was great!! I made reference to myself as a whale a few times…


  6. Zephyr Hill
    May 13, 2015 @ 16:02:46

    I wish eat for two was not a myth – so I could indulge without guilt! lol


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