Ahhhh pregnancy. The time when your body changes more then you could ever imagine. Now that I’m on my third pregnancy there are things that I expect but I have to say there are still things that have happened that I did NOT expect. So today I’m ready to dish my 10 pregnancy secrets that no one tells you about but SHOULD!
I’m sure there are things about pregnancy that you’ve heard a million times. You’ll be tired, your back might hurt, you’ll get morning sickness (more on that below), yadda yadda yadda. You’ve heard all those before though, right? It’s funny that no one ever tells you about the stuff you REALLY want to know. If you’re one to get grossed out easily then this post just might not be the one for you so I’m warning you now 🙂 If you’re ready for it, continue on…
There’s a lot that goes on in the 9 months that lead up to birth. Your body changes A LOT and every single pregnancy is different. Each pregnancy can be filled with surprises and so I’m sharing with you 10 pregnancy secrets I wish someone told me before having my first!
Morning Sickness? More like ALL DAY SICKNESS
Whoever came up with the term morning sickness must have been pretty lucky with their nausea. For me my sickness was ALL. DAMN. DAY. Literally. I’m sure some people feel more sick in the morning than at night but still, there is no such thing as “morning” sickness. It’s nausea. Plain and simple. And nausea can last however freaking long it wants…AND it doesn’t always last for JUST the first trimester. With my first I was nauseous through week 12. With my second pregnancy I was nauseous through WEEK 20 (aka horrible) and with my third I was nauseous through week 16. All different.
Getting dark spots on your face is normal
It’s called melasma. I had it with all 3 of my pregnancies. If you’re one of the lucky ones to also get it you can read up on some ways to help manage it in a post I recently published here. If you start to notice a darkening of the skin on your face and/or patches that’s likely what you’re looking at. It’s easily covered by makeup and simple solutions like using sunscreen can help keep it from getting worse. Something else you probably don’t know is that it often happens across the upper lip in a line like a mustache. I had that with my second. FUN.
People will think you’re a psychic
Still to this day I am confused by people who ask if I have a “feeling” what the baby is. Since I’m not a psychic I have NO CLUE what the sex is of the baby. But be prepared to answer this one because I can promise you’ll get it at some point in your pregnancy. And to touch back on the topic of every pregnancy being different – it doesn’t matter if it’s a girl or a boy the first time, you can have a very similar experience in your second pregnancy and still have a baby of the opposite sex, shocking I know! (Can you sense the sarcasm?)
People will (or will want to) touch your belly
It personally never bothered me but I know A LOT of people don’t like it. It’s intrusive and especially if it’s someone you’re not particularly close with – it’s awkward. But when people see a pregnant belly there is just something inside them that makes then want to reach out and rub that belly! Be prepared for SOMEONE to want to reach out and touch it!
You can’t sleep on your back
Back sleepers – be prepared. You can’t sleep on your back (or work out on it after the first trimester). When you lay on your back you can put too much pressure on the blood vessel that delivers blood flow to the baby. Your best (and really only) option is to sleep on your side. I’m a restless sleeper and I move all night long so for me this is really tough. One thing that has gotten me through the last few months of each of my pregnancies is the pregnancy pillow. It helps take the pressure off your hips and lower back while lying on your side.
You’re not actually eating for 2
People will comment all the time that you’re “eating for 2” and technically yes, you are feeding the growing baby inside you. However, that baby doesn’t equal an additional diet of a grown human being. On average most doctors will tell you to consume an additional 200-300 calories per day in the LAST trimester but up until that point you should be good with your normal intake. Of course you might be hungrier then normal and of course if you’re hungry you never want to deprive yourself. But in terms of eating extra calories just for the sake of eating extra calories, it’s really not necessary.
Towards the end you can’t see your lady bits
It is what it is. Pregnancy secrets are not for the faint of heart 🙂
You’ll still look pregnant immediately after giving birth
That’s not to say EVERYONE still looks pregnant after giving birth but if you do still look pregnant once baby comes it is TOTALLY NORMAL. Not only does your belly grow when you’re pregnant but your uterus also expands and that takes time to shrink. Sure there are women who look phenomenal the day after they give birth but don’t beat yourself up if you look like you still have a baby pooch.
Hemorrhoids are likely
I told you I wouldn’t spare any details. Some women get them during pregnancy but most women get them during delivery. If you have an epidural for labor and delivery you can’t feel A N Y T H I N G down there and when they tell you to push you literally push with all your might. Straining/pushing leads to hemorrhoids. I suggest being prepared and getting yourself a donut pillow so you have it when you come home from the hospital 🙂 Glamorous, I know!
You’ll probably feel Round Ligament Pain
Round ligament pain is a sharp pain in the groin area that you usually start to feel in your second trimester. As you and your baby grow your round ligament stretches leading to shooting pains. Usually quick motions make them more noticeable such as sneezing, coughing and standing up quickly. Mine have always started to fade after that initial growth period in the second trimester but round ligament pain can linger throughout pregnancy.
While each pregnancy is different these 10 pregnancy secrets should at least help you be prepared for some of the possible scenarios.
Hopefully you won’t have to deal with most of these but if you do at least you’ll be prepared!
Do you have any other pregnancy secrets you wish you were told? I’d love to hear them!
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