For many of you expecting mothers out there, you’re pregnant and in a state of bliss. Excited about the future of your pregnancy, excited to hold your new precious baby, and maybe you’re a little curious as to what being pregnant really entails. Right now I’d like to dive into the many different, horrible, wonderful, painful and maybe even crazy pregnancy experiences I’ve had. Don’t get too freaked out by this list, it really wasn’t THAT bad!
- Sore Boobies. My first and second pregnancy came with this wonderful little side effect. My breasts started getting larger (which I gotta say, the hubby loved ;), firmer, and hurt like crazy. And this was only within the first couple of weeks. It was actually how I knew I was pregnant before any tests were taken.
- Nausea. With my first pregnancy and only my first, the dreaded vomiting lasted the entire first 3 months. And like many other women have stated, this was not “morning” sickness. This was nausea that creeped up whenever the crap it wanted to creep up. Every morning while getting ready for work, I would undoubtedly throw up. Throughout the day, whenever I caught the scent of anything that didn’t agree with my tummy at the time, I would vomit. This happened so. many. times. But this was only with my first baby. No barfing with the other two! Thank you Lord.
- Weight Gain. Horrible, horrible weight gain. With the first, it was almost 50 lbs. The other two, around 40 lbs each. I can’t explain it, when your pregnant, you just don’t care how much your eating or consuming. You eat whatever you want, whenever you want it.
- Back Pain. There are positions that your baby will get in that will screw up your back, for reals. They will rest on your joints causing severe back pain. This is when you can guilt your hubby into rubbing your back for as long as you desire. If he stops, simply scream “I’m carrying your baby and my back hurts!” Works every time.
- Swelling. Normally women will start to swell in areas such as their hands and feet, or most likely their ankles. Me? Where did I swell? Well all of the above, PLUS my nose and face. Yep, they swelled up like a balloon. Not joking. My family still makes fun of me to this day when they see pictures of me when I was 9 months along.
- Immobility. Of course, as your belly grows you become less and less able to get around. The enormous round watermelon that is attached to you makes sleeping, walking, even moving, beyond difficult. You won’t be able to get off the couch by yourself.
- Constant Peeing. When you hit those last couples of months, you will also be hitting the bathroom at least 3 times a night. Say goodbye to your sleep, you won’t be getting any. And I think this is God’s way of preparing you for having a newborn. You won’t be getting any sleep after the baby comes either.
- Rashes. With my third child, I got severe rashes all over my body- arms, legs, back, chest, and face. Itchy rashes everywhere. And I couldn’t take medicine because there is always a risk when pregnant. So I was stuck scratching day and night. It was pure torture.
- Severe Cold/Flu. When you’re pregnant, your immune system is running low. It is trying to keep your body from fighting off the foreign object in your body, your baby. So when you get sick, it’s a lot more severe. I had a cold for two months straight. Sore throat, runny nose, congestion, coughing, for months.
- Stretch Marks. My daughter gave me these lovely marks of honor. And that’s how I look at them. Battle scars that show how hard I worked. I’m proud of them!
- Saggy Boobs. Unfortunately, after trying to breast feed three babies, it was bound to happen.
- Bigger Feet. This may sound weird, but it is actually proven that some women will have bigger feet after being pregnant and having kids. Mine got bigger by half a size. Yup. I am now a 9.
- Hemorroids. Yeah, I’m not going to elaborate on this one.
- Umbilical Hernia. I am still having to deal with this. During my last pregnancy I got an umbilical hernia. My belly button began to poke out more and more. 6 months after labor and it still hasn’t gone away. Doctor has said with weight loss, it MIGHT return to original state. If not, it may require surgery. Wonderful right?
- Ninja’d in the Ribs. When you feel that first kick it will be the most amazing, wonderful feeling ever! But when your 9 months pregnant and your little bundle can barely move, every time he does, it will be a kick to your ribs or bladder. And it’ll hurt like crazy!
Even though sometimes being pregnant can mean going through some crazy stuff, it’s all worth it. Remember that. Seeing your little bundle erases all the bad memories and makes them laughable. My kids are worth every second of pain and discomfort that went along with pregnancy. Let’s not get into the birth. That’s another blog post.. Stay tuned. But until you pop, hang in there. The symptoms do subside. And you WILL feel normal again, it just takes time. Enjoy feeling your little bundle move inside of you. Enjoy every single kick you feel. Enjoy rubbing your big belly. Enjoy looking at your ultrasounds and seeing your baby move. It goes by too quickly..