10 MORE Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

Remember this post? Yup. I have more. 😐 Pregnancy has no mercy!!!

10 MORE Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

1. Round ligament pain. Probably the biggest nuisance during pregnancy. For about a month, every time I would cough, sneeze (which I have done a LOT of the entire pregnancy), stretch, or twist, I honestly felt like I was being stabbed! Round ligament pain is when the muscles around your uterus are growing and stretching and are just ultra sensitive to any movements you make. Super annoying!

2. You might break out in a rash – and there’s probably nothing you can do about it except wait it out. Yes, this is normal. Who would have thought pregnancy and all these crazy, extra hormones would make you break out in some random rash? Not me, that’s for freaking sure. And to make matters worse, I got it on my FACE. And it was sooooo iiiiitchyyy. Oh it was awful. I couldn’t wear makeup because it would just make it worse. I couldn’t put anything on it that might irritate it. I tried numerous products, generic and name brand, and finally generic cortisone 10 worked for me. It lasted for about a week and a half, give or take a few days, and was super annoying!

3. Not all women get cravings. I’ve hardly craved anything. I’ve taken a liking to fruit so that basically all I ate for every meal of the day was fruit for like, three weeks or so, but haven’t craved much! I would always get random cravings before being pregnant – like, mouth is watering, stomach is rumbling, nearly breaking out in a sweat, kind of cravings – so I figured I’d get the worst of it! The only one I can really remember that was super bad was when I was driving home and had to take a detour to the Dollar General because I was craving Airheads Xtremes, and the generic ones at the DG were 8 for $1. I ate 3 or 4 on my five minute drive home. I was also really crazy about anything pumpkin there for a while. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes (which I could still eat every day), pumpkin cookies, just anything. Oh, and I could probably eat a dozen Texas Roadhouse rolls for a meal every day. Every. Day. Other than that, no really terrible cravings.

4. On the subject of food, some of my favorite foods I have aversions to. B and I carved pumpkins the night before Halloween and I was so so so so excited about roasting the seeds! I couldn’t wait for them to dry out overnight – like every year – so I took the hair dryer to them for 10 minutes and stuck them in the oven salted and buttered. Oh my gosh I was so excited. They smelled so good and they looked delicious, and they’re one of my favorite things that define fall. Well, after a few handfuls, I felt absolutely awful. SO NAUSEOUS. I haven’t even had any morning sickness, and have only been sick to my stomach one time from riding in the car! Where did this nausea come from! It was so miserable. The one food I had really been dying to eat for a long time I had developed an aversion for. ): This has also happened with a couple of other foods I can’t recall right now.

5. Vagina lightning. Yes, it’s a real thing. No, I am not kidding whatsoever. It comes out of nowhere with no mercy!!!

6. Not all moms “just know” the gender. I felt really weird about not getting any gender vibes before we found out. I can’t count how many people asked me, “Do you have any feelings about what it is yet?” and it was so disheartening. I thought I was some loner who had no intuition. Thanks to Baby Center and fellow expecting moms, I found out that’s normal too. So if you get any weird looks when you tell people you just don’t know (like I did) tell the jerk to shut up and take their snarky face elsewhere.

7. You might start mixing things up. Words, thoughts, dates, anything and everything! I’ve always been very conscious about my grammar and how I word things, and even been super good at tongue twisters, but for the past couple of months I guess my brain just doesn’t care anymore. I don’t know how many times I’ve been talking to Brian and he’ll laugh and say, “You said ___, instead of ___!” and it just irks me to no end! My mom is a teacher so I grew up really paying attention to what I say and how I say it. Darn pregnancy brain!

8. You might start lactating earlier than you expect – possibly even around 17 or 18 weeks. This one really surprised me. There I was, minding my own business, when all the sudden it’s like the Amazon river has a direct gateway to my nipples. Literally, it was FLOWING. For a few days, any time I bent over, it would just flow. I’d wake up with the bed sheets and my shirt soaked. My bras were stained. It was so annoying! So I kept wishing it would stop, and it did… and then I was absolutely miserable. It was just they just got jammed and refused to leak, and it hurt sooooo badly! Now it’s back to it’s regular super soaker flow and I’m in much less pain.

9. Just because you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean people will be less rude in public. I’m noticeably pregnant now, with a nice round belly, and people still don’t pay attention to where they walk, who they bump into, or when the door is slamming right in my face. So don’t think just ’cause you’re pregnant you’re gonna get public perks – I sure haven’t, yet! ;(

10. Not all new moms only feel their baby after so many weeks or months. I heard that during your first pregnancy, you probably won’t realize what it feels like when the baby moves until around 22 weeks/6 months. Such a lie! I felt tiny little flutters around 12 weeks, and then nothing for a long time. Then a few bumps here and there around week 17, and then during week 18 it was like a gymnastic Olympian had taken over my uterus! I’m now 21 weeks and completely aware of her schedule and can see her pushing up my belly. It’s so weird and so mesmerizing. I am so in love with her and her crazy antics!

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10 Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

Being a new, unexpected mom, I didn’t know a lot about pregnancy other than that it was sometimes a wonderful experience, totally easy and made your skin glow, and other times morning sickness occurred the whole time, your broke out, and you looked like shit, and sometimes in between.

When we found out I was pregnant, I got lots of tips and advice. Mainly how tired I will be, how I need to watch what I eat and make sure I eat enough protein/fiber, how I’ll probably get constipated, crackers are good for morning sickness and a flat soda, etc. All the basics. No one really got into the nitty gritty, until I mentioned it and they were all, “Ooohhh yeahhh, that’s normal too,” acting like a forewarning wasn’t a nice thing to give me.

So, here is a list for all the other new, unexpected moms out there who may (and hopefully will) come across this. I kind of like learning things first hand, because I love telling my experiences and being able to help others, but still… a forewarning would have been nice.

10 Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

1. Horrible, stinky, sewer-smelling, cramping, constant FARTS. All day. Every day. At awkward, quiet moments. In elevators. When you finally get comfy and cuddled right up against your significant other and have to move because you don’t want to fart on them. Around your in-laws. Around friends who aren’t super close friends so it would be a little weird to just admit to it and try to laugh it off, even though they know you did it because, well, they know they didn’t do it. ANYWHERE. YOU CANNOT ESCAPE IT. Until around 11 or 12 weeks, possibly. That’s when it stopped for me – now it’s just occasional.

2. Lost of vaginal discharge. All the time. I feel so gross. I’ve started keeping baby wipes at the toilet and I’m carrying some in my purse for when we go out.

3. I’m not more tired than usual or fatigued – I’m practicing hibernation. The bears are gonna be soooo jealous when they hear what I’m up to. 1 nap a day? Pshhh, sometimes I take 2. Lawd help everyone if I don’t get my nap.

4. Baby isn’t here yet, but I still can’t sleep well. For a while, no matter WHAT time I went to sleep, be it 12am or 5am, I would wake up around 9:30am every single morning. Also, no matter how tired I was, I would roll around in bed, toss and turn, yawning, begging for sleep… and then 3 hours later, I’d finally just pass out. Real, just plain old good sleep, is a rarity already. I know it won’t compare to when the baby is here… but c’mon body, at least give me a little bit of a break!

5. “Don’t be afraid to ask silly questions!” Such a lie. Definitely be weary. Just Google it or if you’re patient enough, save it for your OB/GYN who probably deals with people way more stupid than you every day. Apparently when you ask the average person a question about pregnancy, you appear naive, immature, and overly excited about being pregnant. Like I said – Just Google it.

6. “You’ll probably be a little constipated.” Also a lie. Gonna be super honest here: not taking a poo for NINE DAYS is not a little constipated. It’s not even really constipated. It’s the next level above extremely constipated.

7. Bless you! You’re probably sneezing your head off, right? That’s all I know how to do. And I am either going to bed or waking up with a stuffy nose. Apparently, pregnancy makes your sinuses swell.

8. Sex drive? What is that? I don’t know if I have ever heard of that…

9. Those annoying little pains you get when you cough, laugh, or strain are normal nuisances you’ll have to deal with after your 2nd trimester. They’re called round ligament pain. It happens because the muscles around your uterus are stretching to prepare for your growing baby.

10. Some days, I eat EVERYTHING. Pizza? Heck yeah! Pre-preg I didn’t like pizza, maybe once a year or so. Same thing with McDonald’s cheeseburgers. Pregnant Autumn wants pizza and Mickey D.’s cheeseburgers all the time. Along with everything else in the cabinets and lazy suzan. Peanut butter? Break that stuff out! Just eat it with a spoon. Oh, those pickles look awesome. Strawberries, mmmm. Barbecue chips ohmygod. And then other days, I’ll take two bites of something and not want to eat for the rest of the day because I feel so full.

There you have it. My (probably first of a few) list of things people forgot to mention about pregnancy. Hopefully some new mom-to-be out there like me sees this before it’s too late! 😉