And Baby Makes Three (part 2)
In this part - cravings, nut-cakes, and Tenten terrifying Hiashi. Based off actual stories from expectant mothers.
The Hyuuga clan is used to difficult pregnancies. The peculiarities of their bloodline limits means that conception is difficult to achieve in the first place, and miscarriages sadly common. It is a dark joke among them that only the Hyuuga could deal with such pregnancies, because without the Byakugan’s ability to see the developing fetus, even more miscarriages would occur than already do.
They are used to exhausted and weakened women, all their energy and chakra redirected to the high demands of the growing fetus. The Hyuuga blood limit is particularly demanding in its development, with the highly complex genetics of the Byakugan exacting a high toll in chakra and the mother’s health. The Hyuugas are used to enforced bed rest, highly regimented diets, and closely-watched daily routines.
That is why they find Tenten’s cheerful vitality strange and just a bit confusing. She no longer spars, but does spend much of her time performing katas and shadow-boxing with Neji. Tsunade herself is her personal physician (“After that dramatic announcement, I just have to see this through to the end,” explains the Hokage) and assures them that not only can Tenten maintain this level of activity, it’s actually good for her and the baby. It takes a reputation the size of the Hokage’s to keep the Hyuugas from asking Tenten to take it easy, please.
True, Tenten is a jounin - field promotion from the Fourth Shinobi War, with enthusiastic commendations from Darui of Hidden Cloud - and with larger-than-normal chakra reserves for a kunoichi, which explains her less-than-stellar chakra control. It’s well-known that the higher the chakra capacity of the mother, the better off the child. Still….
Tenten leaps up to the roof in order to enjoy the sunset light, a leap easily twenty-five feet high, and every watching Hyuuga winces.