5 Things They Never Told You About Pregnancy
Posted October 22, 2014 by Prairie Wife - 12 comments
Warning: Do not read this post if you are thinking about being pregnant but are not yet pregnant, if you are embarrassed easily by hearing people talk about bodily functions, or if you are male.
One of the fun things about this pregnancy is that I get to enjoy being pregnant along with my close friends and frequent contributor on this site TallGirlJ. While we are 6 weeks apart it’s still been fun to experience all this together. As we sat talking about the emotional/hormonal up and downs, the pain of thigh chaffing, the evils of the under-wire bra, and nipple changes that come along with pregnancy we decided to help our fellow ladies out. While many pregnancy books aren’t afraid to talk about painful sex or urine leakage, we have found that there are quite a few things that they skim over, or leave out altogether. In the spirit of true Prairie Wife sisterhood, we decided to talk about a few of the things those books never told us about pregnancy.
Pregnancy insomnia, it’s going to happen…and it sucks
TallGirlJ: Nothing is more frustrating than waking up at 2 a.m. and being super awake. Just laying there, thinking how tired you are and how you can wait until nap time the next day…Welcome to pregnancy insomnia. I tell myself that it’s my body’s way of getting me ready for what’s to come, though this doesn’t make it any less frustrating!
Prairie Wife: Everyone warns you about the getting up to pee and the challenges of finding a comfortable position when you have a big old baby belly. No one warned me about waking up after four hours of sleep with a racing mind as well as a full bladder. Nothing is more frustrating than laying in bed wide awake while simultaneously feeling utterly exhausted. My best advice is to use the time to think about the baby and your future, think of it as special prenatal bonding time. I also find that SleepyTime Teas helps me fall asleep, which can be a problem for me as well.
The epic battle of pregnant woman vs. the shoe
TallGirlJ: Another thing they don’t tell you is how hard it gets to bend over… Pregnancy in the summer has benefits because you can just wear flip flops year round, but that doesn’t work so well in the Wyoming Winter. That’s when you hope to find the perfect pair of cute, loose, slip on boots. The pain of bending over doesn’t just apply to shoes. Just the other day my husband was telling a friend that he finds it funny to come home and see random things lying on the floor. I have found some things are just not worth bending over to pick up, it’s not worth the pain!
Prairie Wife: High heels, booties, knee high boots…I love them all. But when putting them on results in a 911 call because you have fallen over and can’t get up, or you have to immediately go to the bathroom after you put on each shoe, it’s time to give it up. When the waistband of my jeans (not to mention my belt buckle) digging into my baby belly results in my poor infant kicking and rolling in protest it’s time to stop. So even I, Prairie Wife in Heels, must admit defeat in the last trimester, and resort to more casual slip on… unless it’s a really special occasion. PS I have learned that an 18 month old can hand you all the dishes from the dishwasher which saves a ton of bending over time.
Rapid Hair Growth
Prairie Wife: All the baby books talk about the benefits of a lush full head of hair. What they fail to mention is that this hair growth is not just on your head but everything from the eyebrows down. Perhaps the growing size of my belly is what draws my attention to it but, even my belly sprouts its own fur during this time…and it’s worse when I’m pregnant with a boy. Forget 5 o’clock shadow on your face, it’s a 1:00 shadow in your armpits.
TallGirlJ: Hair growth, yes it happens, and hair on you head will grow much faster and oh that is SO nice! But, they forget to mention the hair on your legs, armpits, face and well, you can use your imagination on everything else, grows triple speed as well. There is nothing like taking a shower and shaving only to notice later that it has all grown back by the end of the day. Also when I am having a boy, I grow lovely lush sideburns! The good news is that the new unwanted hair does fall out, and the growth will return to normal once you have the baby.
Drippy Under Carriage Syndrome
Prairie Wife: Look I know it’s gross but I’ve gotta share this one. None of the books mentioned this pregnancy symptom…they warn you about bladder leakage but not about the constant ooze that comes from your overwhelmed girl parts. And it gets worse the last few months…like I’m talking you’re going to want to change your underwear several times a day worse…
TallGirlJ: Oh the wetness. There are times when it gets to the point where you stop and think…did I wet myself? Did my water break? Nope, it is just the lovely moisture your body puts out. I am sure there is a scientific reason for this, but at this point, I personally cannot see why! Just embrace it, and know it’s not forever!
NOTE: This should not have an odor, if so consult your doctor!
Your body will never be the same, get over it
Prairie Wife: I’ve been able to loose the baby weight, get back into my clothes, and even regain my six pack after each Cowkid…so far. But, there are things that will never be the same. My belly button is no longer an iny but a sad saggy outy. After nursing 4 Cowkids my boobs can only be described as empty skin with nipples and are now what I call 34 AA long. I may have escaped stretch marks on my stomach but I’ve got a ton on my boobs, butt, and thighs. Take a deep breath ladies, when all these changes start to get to you, look at that beautiful baby you made, that person that you gave life and nourished inside of you for 9 months. Know that it was a job well done. Also, put down the magazines and take a look at the real people around you. All the moms at the pool or the beach look just like you…beautiful!
TallGirlJ: I am not as lucky and Prairie Wife as I struggle more to lose the baby weight. But, after lots of effort I can get to a good point yet still never be the same. I have never nursed longer than 2 weeks and my boobs are still not the same, its just pregnancy. So know whether or not you nurse, they will grow and stretch no matter what! Stretch marks are going to happen, and if you are lucky your feet will grow too…just like mine! In the end it’s totally worth it. Wear your changes like a badge of honor. I know I have earned every part of my new body.
Shout it out ladies, what pregnancy symptom do you wish you had know about?!
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