Thursday, August 19, 2010

Top 10 Things Your Mother Never Told You About Being Pregnant

You see the pregnant woman from afar. She is beaming with beauty. Glowing. Her tummy is round and resembles a small watermelon in it's almost perfectly round shape.  You all of a sudden want to be her.

With that being said it is time for...
Top 10 Things Your Mother Never Told You About Being Pregnant

1. Typically the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy you won't really look pregnant.  These are the weeks where you can somewhat still wear your normal clothes, but feel fat in them.  You aren't really that big so you don't want to buy maternity stuff quite yet so you just feel fat. (Maternity clothes are super comfortable. Even the more dressy stuff feels like you are lounging in your sweat pants!  As much as I wanted to fit into my normal clothes again after having Kaylee, I was dreading giving up my maternity pants!  So, if you are in that "I'm fat!" stage just go buy yourself one maternity outfit.  You will feel a lot cuter and be much more comfortable.)

2. You are going to be exhausted at least 2 out of the 3 trimesters. You thought old ladies went to bed at 8 and now you are finding yourself sliding into bed about that time.  On top of that you are trying to catch a little snooze here and there throughout the day.  2nd trimester is suppose to bring a burst of energy and for me it did. Hopefully, it will for you too.

3. You may have diarrhea. You may be constipated. Some women have one extreme or the other. This makes having a normal bowel movement after pregnancy such a delightful moment.

4. Glowing. Ha! With Kaylee, glowing meant all of my zits lit up my face!  It was so gross and unmanageable. I looked 13. Some women get beautiful skin that gives her a glow that is lovely. I am hoping that is my experience this time around. Just warning you though, glowing could mean lots of acne for some.

5. I mentioned earlier that you will be tired, but did I mention you may have trouble sleeping? Some nights you will just not be able to fall asleep. Other nights you can't find a comfortable position to save your life. Even with the body pillow around the tummy, the pillow under your head, the pillow over your head, and the pillow behind your back.

6. Having "morning sickness" may be something you have heard about, but you may not have heard the whole story. You may be nauseated and never puke. You may puke. You may not be sick at all. Morning sickness is just a term that is actually describing what could be "all day sickness".  With Kaylee I was on the "not sick at all" side of things which was fabulous. The only time I puked was when I took my prenatal vitamin before eating most of my breakfast.  With this pregnancy I have been super nauseated all day every day, but can't puke.  It's definitely the worse of the 2 extremes.  However, my best friend Meggan puked her whole pregnancy so I cannot even begin to complain.  With nausea you wish you could puke, but for me this seems to be just a first trimester thing.  She had it the WHOLE time. 9 months. Ugh.  I can't imagine. (She did end up with the world's best baby though so it works itself out I guess but still.)

7. You have to pee in a cup EVERY time you go to the doctor's office.  I have huge stage fright issues when it comes to peeing on demand. The worse thing is when it comes out as a small little tinkle and does not land in the cup where it is suppose to go rather it lands all over my hand. Yes, I have done this more than once. The nice thing about my doctor's office is that they give you latex gloves to handle your "specimen" with.  Thank goodness!  Did I mention that I still have this problem?

8. At 18 weeks you are no longer allowed to lay on your back.  (It has to do with the weight of the uterus restricting blood flow to the baby and to you.)  Before I was pregnant with Kaylee I was a stomach sleeper. When I found out I was pregnant, I retrained myself to sleep on my back. Then, I found out I couldn't even do that anymore. It was terrible! Ever since being pregnant with Kaylee I have taught myself to sleep on my side and have slept that way ever since.

9. You may have the world's worst breast tenderness ever.  You may not. I think I may have mentioned in a previous post about my desire to put up an electric fence around them that not even clothing could go near. If I didn't - well, that is how I felt. This time around it has not been worse than what you may experience with a monthly period.

10. You may have horrible moodiness and be irrational. You may not. With Kaylee I was all over the map!  I felt terrible for the way I treated my friends and even Adam once I realized that I was pregnant and hormonal.  The rest of my pregnancy I had to make a conscious effort to really think through things that I was upset about and see if I had the right to be upset or if it was just me being pregnant.  It was really hard at times to not think with my hormones and emotions.  Needless to say, I have been sooooo much more level headed so far with this second kid. I know Adam and my friends have been grateful.

So, now as you see that woman from afar, instead of wanting to be her, you feel sympathy for her. That little baby inside of her is taking a lot out of her.  Maybe you could let her go in front of you in the check-out line.  It is after all, almost her bedtime.

Joyful Moment of the Day: Skype date with Kim today. Pretty excited to see that baby bump somewhat in person. :)

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