Being pregnant doesn't usually stop you from doing anything you did before — except for maybe drinking alcohol.

Modern moms often stay at work, keep exercising, and do just about everything they did before getting pregnant. It's inspired many mothers, like Maya Vorderstrasse, to use social media to show the world what it's really like to "have it all."

There is no doubt that pregnancy can bring about a special kind of bliss. But for all the ups, there are undoubtedly a few downs too.


As an illustrator and a mother of two, I try to depict all sides of motherhood in my cartoons — the joyful, the hard, and all the humorous moments that make pregnancy so uniquely special.

1. Simple tasks can become impossible.

All illustrations by Line Severinsen. Reprinted with permission.

2. This is what comfort feels like:

Grabbing every pillow in your house just to get comfortable.

3. The worst sleeping position:

Like a cow pretending to be a dead bird.

4. Trying to stay positive:

‌You keep mentally preparing yourself for the final battle by watching all those pregnancy shows. And yet, you end up terrified.

5. Thought your cramps were gone?

Ouch!

6. Expect the unexpected.

Water can break at any time … any place.

7. Gotta stay sober.

Your self-control is at the highest level!‌‌

8. And the cravings...

‌‌Those sudden cravings for a particular flavor are endless.

9. Hormones bring surprises!

Your body‌‌'s changes may bring some unwanted hair.

10. "Sympathetic" pregnancy.

‌‌When your husband starts turning into your physical counterpart. Way to go, belly!

11. Care to comment?

12. The waiting never ends...

You‌‌'re dreading how long it will take to get back to your regular figure.

13. Put up your dukes!

‌‌Is that the baby or a bar fight?

14. Don't count your grudges:

‌‌Nine whole months and you still can't find a name.

15. That's what you're worried about?

‌‌Your husband's greatest fear is mostly no big deal.

16. I can't reach!

Can‌‌'t see your feet anymore? Welcome to the third trimester.

17. Wandering hands:

‌‌It's like your belly is some kind of magical ball and everyone wants a rub.

This story was originally posted on MetDaan.com and is reprinted here with permission.

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