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Pregnancy is such a unique time in a woman’s life. So many changes take place in what is really incredibly short time, even if it does feel like forever for those first and last three months. It amazes me that a human baby is created in less than 40 weeks. Seriously, growing a human. That is impressive!
But like us humans, no two pregnancies are the same. They come with an array of potential symptoms and experiences. Some of these are mind-blowing wonderful, but some are really not. Most of us are completely unprepared for what we are headed for pre-pregnancy, no matter how many books we read or questions we ask.
So I thought I would share a bit of a tongue in cheek guide of the good, the bad and the ugly sides of pregnancy. It is in no way an exhaustive list. You could be lucky enough to have a pregnancy filled with almost only good stuff. If so, I am incredibly jealous!
- The joy of first finding out you are expecting (especially if you have been trying for a while)
- Announcing your exciting news
- Seeing your baby during an ultrasound
- Hearing their heartbeat
- Strong nails and less hair breakage
- Buying super cute and functional baby items (aww… Tiny socks!)
- Unleashing your inner interior designer and decorating the nursery
- Baby shower – we all love being showered with presents
- Those first movements (and every movement after that)
- Being able to eat for 2 and not feel bad about packing on weight (this isn’t entirely true… More like eating for 1 & a quarter apparently)
- Massive boobs
- Clothes shopping (like new bras to fit those massive boobs plus a whole maternity wardrobe)
- Having an excuse for almost everything (such as throwing a tantrum, or skipping the housework)
- Being offered a chair wherever you go (or drink, or food or whatever else may be on offer… people are extra nice)
- Naming your baby
- Maternity leave
- Meeting your baby and falling in love instantly
- Morning sickness (more like all day, every day sickness for some)
- Complete and utter exhaustion through the first and last trimester
- Cramps (ligament pains as your grow or horrible leg cramps)
- Hating most food except that one thing you are craving (and probably don’t have)
- Headaches caused by hormonal changes
- Potential health problems such as gestational diabetes and low blood pressure
- Back pain
- Pregnant during summer (no explanation needed)
- Poor bladder control (you may come to fear coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting… )
- Crazy dreams (it’s like your dreams have taken acid… or so it has been described)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sensitive boobs (they may be enormous… but no one better touch them without your consent)
- Labour and child birth (no explanation needed)
- Stretch marks (apparently they are hereditary so no amount of lotion will save you from them)
- Swelling (hello cankles & maybe goodbye wedding rings for a while)
- Pigmentation (strange dark patches of skin usually on the face… Otherwise referre to as the mask of pregnancy)
- Your inny bellybutton suddenly becomes an outty (goodbye belly bar)
- Hemorrhoids (never google this… You will be scarred for life. Keep up your fibre & good luck)
- Giant areolas (hello huge nipples)
- Linea Nigra (dark line the runs up from your pubic bone to your bellybutton or beyond while pregnant)
- Prolapse potential (I won’t go into detail… Just do your pelvic floor exercises)
- Big blue veins visible under the stretched skin
- Tattoos gone bad (depending where they are, they may not recover so well once you lose baby weight)
- Clothes that don’t fit even though you try and squeeze into them
And let’s not even get started on the ugly parts of childbirth and beyond… Hope you’re okay with the sight of blood and the drastic changes to your body. And hello placenta… Omg!
Now in summary, this is merely a snapshot of what pregnancy can bring. There’s no way to fit everything in one blog post (or even a book for that matter).
Although I do have some favourite pregnancy books in case you are so inclined. These are the only 3 pregnancy books I could bring myself to read from start to finish. The rest were just far too boring.
Up the Duff – Kaz Cooke gives a hilarious and raw account of pregnancy, with lots of factual stuff thrown in. My favourite pregnancy book by far as it is neither dull or shy in putting it like it really is.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting – This book has been labelled the pregnancy bible for good reason. It seemed to read my mind, because everything a question would pop into my head, it seemed to be covered in the next few pages or so. Really great book, as was the First Year edition for once bub is born.
Belly Laughs – Jenny McCarthy is a comedian so this is of course a funny book, and like Up the Duff, it gives a realistic account of so many of the horrors that come with being pregnant.
Now before you start having second thoughts after reading the bad and the ugly parts of this post, remember this: the changes to your body, the scary stuff you experience during pregnancy and the pain and sickness you may feel is soon forgotten (or at least becomes a faded memory… I still remember childbirth hurt like hell), because as soon as you hold that dear little baby in your arms, it will all seem worth it. Pregnancy good and bad – the reward is beyond anything else.
As mothers we go through so much before we even meet our babies, so it is little wonder the connection is typically so strong. After all, they got to hear our hearts beating from the inside. But parenting doesn’t come easy and pregnancy does not always go to plan either. Thankfully there is endless support available to help us through.
Are you currently expecting? What were your good, bad and ugly memories?