Pregnancy is definitely not always a walk in the park, and Whitney Port is here to remind us that it’s more than OK if you didn’t exactly love every moment of those nine months. In an interview with People’s “Celeb Parents Get Real” series, Port shared that she “was losing it every day” during her first trimester.
Things didn’t get much easier in Port’s second and third trimesters. “[T]hen the second trimester comes and you start to put on weight and so you have a bunch of body-image issues,” she said. “And then the third trimester comes and you feel extremely uncomfortable because you’re so enormous and you’re scared about your life change.”
If you’re thinking about having kids and this description of pregnancy already has you heading for the hills (pun intended), just hold up because Port also has plenty of uplifting and encouraging words to share. Most important, she wants to assure pregnant women that it gets easier, and the difficult phases of both pregnancy and new motherhood pass.
“Phases are really short, like the difficulty-with-breastfeeding phase and then the teething phase and then the crawling phase,” Port said. “These things seem really overwhelming the first year, but just as they start is kind of as quick as they end.”
Although there were plenty of difficult phases for Port, there’s at least one thing that she and husband Tim Rosenman nailed on the first try: Getting baby Sonny to sleep. In fact, they only had to sleep train for one night, and Port considers this her proudest moment thus far.
“Sleep training is a difficult thing that parents really dread and for Sonny, we only had to really enact this certain routine for one night and then he was able to sleep 12 hours a night,” she shared.
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I need to get myself a situation like this. Yesterday we may have spent three hours in the pool with him. Is that ok?! I mean, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration but a bit of advice here: if you have a baby, get yourself a sweet floatie situation, head to a pool and enjoy the freedom. Happy Sunday everyone! Now let’s get this kid to sleep so we can watch tv and do nothing. K, thanks! Don’t judge me!
Major props to Port for her sleep-training skills — but what’s even more admirable is her honesty about the difficult phases of pregnancy and motherhood. New moms often feel intense pressure to be perfect, and Port’s honesty is so refreshing. Moral of the story: The struggle is real, and it’s totally normal — and certainly nothing to be ashamed of.