I was really scared of ever falling pregnant, for the sole reason that I feared I would pop. Like a balloon. My mom had told me that no-one had ever popped before, but I was convinced that I’d be the first. I’m pleased (and very relieved) to say that I had 2 pregnancies and didn’t pop either time. God is good!
I had fairly easy pregnancies compared to some people I know, like my cousin, who was sick from the minute she conceived until she gave birth. This wasn’t just morning sickness, this was morning, afternoon and evening sickness. No wonder she’d lost a couple of dress sizes by the time her baby was born. Bless her.
Without meaning to scare you, here are some things that no-one tells you about pregnancy. Please feel free to add others in the comments.
But you didn’t need to be told this, right? If you did then you have no business being pregnant!
The size of your belly grows gradually to start with and people may not notice that you are pregnant until about 5 months in. So go and get that job quickly, because no-matter how many anti-discriminatory laws are in place, you aren’t going to get the job if you turn up looking pregnant.
If you’re a bitch at certain times of the month, then you’re going to be the bitch of bitches, just a little less bitch than Katie Hopkins. Or you could just burst into tears at the mere sound of your name.
Probably nature’s way of protecting you from danger. I could smell a curry or coffee from a mile away, and I could smell a fart before it left the offending bum! Your taste could change too. You’ll probably have cravings for some foods, and start hating the taste of foods you once enjoyed.
The bigger your belly gets the more your centre of gravity shifts. You may have to think more about balancing than you’ve ever done before.
To grow and nourish your baby your blood volume increases and your appetite will probably increase too. Speaking of blood, your gums may bleed and even grow! Towards the end of my first pregnancy my gums bled quite easily, and they even started growing. I had gum-teeth growing in the gaps between my real teeth. Pregnancy can make gums go crazy!
Even the simple things like walking take more effort and are tiring. Towards the end of your pregnancy your walk becomes more like a ducks waddle as your legs can’t close. The weight has an impact on your knees, back and feet.
Your body has a high amount of the hormone relaxin, which makes joints more flexible and is the reason you should be particularly careful when exercising during pregnancy.
Despite being more flexible, you can’t touch your toes towards the end of the pregnancy, for obvious reasons. If you desperately wanted to touch your toes you could put your legs behind you with your feet over your shoulders – contortion – not advised! Get someone else to cut your toe nails.
This is not a good reason to get pregnant – there are supplements and beauty products on the market that offer this.
Not really, although you won’t see it for the last few months of pregnancy. But don’t worry…it’s still there.
Does this only affect people ‘of colour’? My light-skin cousin’s arm pits went pitch-black when she was pregnant, and my belly did the same with my first pregnancy.
Aka Baby-Brain, you forget things, can’t remember things, forget things…This typically lasts all through pregnancy until your baby is 18 years old.
Unless you’ve been blessed with special genes, you’re probably end up with stretch marks. You may get to the last months without any and them bam! But don’t worry too much about these. You have other things to worry about, like how that big bump is going to get through your vagina.
Just as your senses do, your emotions could heighten too! When you’re happy you’re very very happy, and when you’re mad you’re very very mad! I’ve even heard of women who hate a person when they’re pregnant. It could be a sibling, a friend, a colleague, or even a spouse or partner. Just seeing the person makes them mad.
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