Pregnancy – a time of joy, of blooming. A time to be waited on hand and foot. To become serene and at one with nature. To positively glow from the inside out in a way to show the rest of the world, without words, that yes you are expecting. The Joys of being pregnant! But what about the things they don’t tell you about pregnancy?
Because all that was a bit untrue really in my case.
6 Things they don’t tell you about Pregnancy
I was looking forward so much to being pregnant. To developing a nice neat bump, a rosy pink flush and always getting the last seat anywhere.
There are some things I didn’t quite bargain for though. You know, the weird stuff NO ONE told me about.
Did they forget about these the moment the baby arrived? Were they trying their best to not put me off getting pregnant? Or worse still, am I the only one to have experienced these things?
Dr Google tells me that I’m not alone. I thought I’d share some of the odd beginning pregnancy symptoms they don’t tell you about. If at the very least to make you thankful that you didn’t get them.
Some things to know about pregnancy (perhaps):
Here are the 6 things they don’t tell you about Pregnancy:
1. Peach Fuzz
That’s what they call it. It’s a reaction of the pregnancy hormones and I was warned I might get a few light hairs on my baby bump. A few hairs? Fine. Fur? NO.
A light brown furry hairy pregnant tummy. Peach Fuzz? More like Bear Hair. My (kind, but lying) husband told me it was in my imagination and he couldn’t see it which made me feel a bit better until after the baby when it thankfully disappeared.
But if you’re looking for what to buy when pregnant, add heavy-duty tweezers to your list. How can you tell you’re pregnant? For me, it was when I transformed into an actual bear. Good times!
2. Thick, glossy hair
Again, the pregnancy hormones. It seems their main mission is to turn you into a furry beast and this did not stop at my head hair, which was lovely during pregnancy by the way. In fact one of the most enjoyable things to do when pregnant might be to do your hair too! Oh I miss it.
Another hairy growth area was my eyebrows. My already naturally bushy eyebrows. Thanks pregnancy hormones, because I want to spend time Every Single Day plucking half my face off. It was low on the list of fun things to do during pregnancy for me.
3. The Mask of Pregnancy
“What is this?” you ask? Is it The Pregnancy Glow? The blooming? The rosy flush? It is not.
It is one or more patches of darkening skin on your face. For no reason. Because every paranoid preggo is desperate for another reason to feel under-confident and ugly. And why not add hormonal acne into the mix too? Because despite having spent 30-odd years trying to minimise it, apparently I wanted a bit more.
Particularly swelling of the feet.
I expected some water retention, I was warned by my doctor. I was not expecting to grow a half foot size and for that to not reduce again after the birth.
If I wasn’t already paranoid about my huge feet, Mother Nature thought it would be hilarious to add another half size to it. I point blank refuse to buy bigger shoes even though that would have been one of the more positive pregnancy things to do!
I wondered when I was pregnant if I was destined for a lifetime of wearing stretchy slippers. Perhaps I wouldn’t mind that actually.
5. Big Boobs
Yes yes, this might suit a lot of ladies. But when your own ‘ladies’ are already big and bothersome and the pregnancy lower back pain is killing you, it’s the last thing you want. Bigger boobs are a common sign of pregnancy – for me they certainly were.
They did not go down after giving birth or after breastfeeding either argh.
6. Bump Touchers
Now I was somewhat warned about this but I still wasn’t quite prepared.
It was one of the pregnancy things that annoyed me a lot. I don’t mind my female friends and family touching my bump at all – it’s affectionate and lovely. However, I do not want males who I barely know to reach over and not only touch my bump, but to give it a shake. WTF?!
This happened only once and trust me, the second grabber would have ended up with two broken arms.
WHY did he feel the need to not only invade my personal space but to then shake it about as well? Men, be warned:
- Ask before you reach.
- Limit touching to a gentle pat followed by at least two compliments.
- Just don’t risk it and keep your mitts off any pregnant bump that isn’t half yours.
Now, putting the annoyances of above to one side, I had a quite enjoyable pregnancy over all.
The list of pregnancy symptoms can be so weird and wonderful though. I didn’t get some of the symptoms during pregnancy that my friends did. Horrendous morning sickness, a weak bladder/snissing, lightning crotch in early pregnancy, pooping during childbirth – the list is endless! Does every woman’s belly button pop out during pregnancy? Mine didn’t! What happens to one mum-to-be can be entirely different to another.
Despite some of these side effects of early pregnancy and beyond, it’s worth it.
This isn’t an account of everything to know about pregnancy by any means. The bigger my (fairly neat) bump got, the more my confidence grew. This was possibly down to the lovely compliments I got from friends, family and strangers.
The acne went away to reveal lovely clean and glowing, albeit hairier, skin.
I enjoyed always getting a seat on the bus, having thick and glossy hair, strong nails and within reason, to eating a (little) lot more than I normally would have done.
Every day and certainly after my first baby made her appearance, all these things faded into the background and upon becoming a new mother, I realised that I’d happily grow a 10 inch beard if it meant I could keep her forever.
So whilst these weird and wonderful things are not forgotten, they are all well worth it and did not put me off having another.
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This post was originally published on November 6th 2014.
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What do you think they don’t tell you about pregnancy needs or symptoms? What things to know about pregnancy for first time mums can you share?