Restarting Video Games – Thoughts from Pregnant Gamer


OK – so say you put a video game down after playing for a few hours and then you pick it up again several months later…

Do you start a new save file? Or do you pick up where you left off?

The blogger in me thinks that you should try to pick it back up and go for it. That’s what I would do with a written project. But a video game is different. You can almost remember the story, goals, and gameplay, but something is lost when you put it aside.

Anyway, I’m trying to pick up video gaming again. I know, it sounds like a terrible hobby for an expectant mother, but I need something to get my mind off of everything. I can read no more baby books. And I can sit in chairs no longer. Colouring, painting, and journalling require a similar posture to my work day, so I’m trying out video gaming. And that’s OK.

I kind of wish I were one of those super pregnant woman with a blog called something like ‘my super fit pregnancy’. I would share eating tips and my workouts… Stuff that would be impressive and inspiring. But the reality is that I work full time, have a rough time breathing, and need at least 10 hours of sleep a night. I eat reasonably healthy and take walks every day. But I’m not lifting weights or eating organic. I’m just kind of normal.

And I think that normal is OK.

I think it’s OK to admit that you still have morning sickness or that you have a hard time working. Not every pregnancy is easy – and it gives me hope to know that other women throw up at work. Or have to leave meetings for fear they might faint. Or experience any other weird pregnancy symptom. It’s good to know that not every woman can stay at work until her delivery date – although those women clearly rock and should be acknowledged. We’re all different and there are plenty of right ways to approach pregnancy.

I think I have to start a new save file. I need to clear my head and relearn the game. Because there are so many things going on in my life that stir my thoughts – I’ll never be able to retrace my steps without looking at the bigger picture.

Sometimes in life you can jump back in, but other times you just need to take your time and start over.


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