6 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Pregnancy

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When I was expecting my first child I read books, blogs and talked with experienced friends about the joy of pregnancy.  Despite all that research, there were still some things no one ever told me about pregnancy!  I’m going to be honest with you here, pregnancy is messy! Sure it’s lovely and beautiful and miraculous but it’s also gooey, uncomfortable and unpleasant at times.  Thankfully our minds have a way of forgetting the gross and painful side of pregnancy and delivery or no one would ever do it again! Here’s what your most loving friends and all those books neglected to tell you about pregnancy.

1. Aches and Pains

Your muscles and ligaments will get pulled to accommodate the growing uterus but what you don’t know is you’ll have pain in places you didn’t know you could have pain.  You’ll wish you would have known that before you frantically call the doctor thinking you maybe did something wrong to cause the pain! Don’t worry you most likely didn’t do anything to cause it.

2. First Trimester Queasiness

The books will tell you the first trimester can bring on morning sickness and general queasiness while your body adjusts to the elevated hormone levels.  That’s normal.  But let’s be real not all women are bound to the 12 week rule. Some women will be sick every single day of their pregnancy. Or only at night or only in the morning or only on days when they don’t eat before they get out of bed. What I’m saying is that your loving friends seem to forget that pregnancy queasiness can go far beyond just the first trimester and isn’t always fixed with some ginger ale and crackers.

3. Bigger…all over!

I expected my breasts to get slightly larger, my feet to swell and my midsection to grow exponentially. However I wasn’t prepared and no one told me that my rib cage may expand, the palms of my hands would grow and my feet would go up a whole size!  I expanded two inches through my chest, outgrew my sneakers/close toed shoes and soon had hands larger than my husband’s.  I felt like a giant! My tip, don’t buy shoes until you know your feet are that size for good or shrink back down to ‘normal’.

4. Nothing fits

Obviously you’ll outgrow your regular clothes and need to buy some maternity clothes to get through the nine months of pregnancy.  But, regardless of your size during pregnancy nothing will fit in the last couple of weeks prior to delivery day.  You can try to buy bigger maternity clothes, but why bother…you’re about to pop. You can raid your partner’s t-shirt drawer but some how the belly will still find its way to peek out the bottom.  Accept it and know you’re almost done!

5. Snail trail

You may have read somewhere on some pregnancy internet forum about the snail trail. While that’s an accurate description it’s not quite accurate in the amount and frequency. There is so much fluid, goo and general wetness you’ll be contending with throughout the course of your pregnancy. When you’re not accidentally peeing yourself you’re cleaning up the excessive goo and ick during bathroom visits.  Invest in a bulk size box of pantiliners.

6. Hair, hair… everywhere!

Pregnancy hair is real and beautiful, but it also grows everywhere. Sometimes in places you don’t want it to grow.  Be prepared to see random hairs sprout up in the most inconvenient places, it’s normal, slightly embarrassing but not permanent!

What are some things you wish someone had told you about pregnancy?  Please share in the comments below.

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Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams is a former elementary and special education teacher turned stay at home mom with a writing job on the side. She’s a native Bostonian married to a southerner raising a family of blondes in the Queen City. Lindsey wants to do it all and believes she can with some coffee and a color-coded to-do list.

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