7 Things That Suck About Pregnancy
So, you're pregnant, but it seems that pregnancy is far from what you expected.
At all! Hollywood painted a picture and this is most assuredly not it. Not only are you pregnant, but most women choose to keep their news a secret for the first 12 weeks. Oh joy! You get to experience many of these "milestones" in solitude.
Here's a list of 7 of my top pregnancy woes, just so you know it's normal, and you're not alone!
1. Morning Sickness
You expect a little nausea. Maybe one or two days of actual vomiting. What you don't expect is the sickness to hit at any time of the day. It's meant to be morning sickness, right? Why am I vomiting at midnight?! Your friend tells you that you are "glowing". Little does she know that "glow" is the product of the all day nausea and leftover sheen of sweat from your seventh trip to the loo to throw up in the past hour. I know my experience with morning sickness on my first two babies was the exception to the rule, as I suffered with Hyperemesis, however I had your bog standard morning sickness this time around and let me tell you, it's still no walk in the park!
I'm talking about the level of tiredness where you just can't even string a sentence together in your head. The level of tiredness that when you sit down on the couch for a minute only to wake up an hour later with no conscious memory of even closing your eyes! And it's not just confined to the first trimester either. This bad boy comes back to hound you in the third trimester too. My first two children were winter babies, so this time round I am absolutely wrecked from the heat as well as bump. Due date can't get here quick enough!!
Linked with the tiredness, is the ever-wonderful pregnancy insomnia. For me, this means no matter how tired I am, I just can't fall asleep. There's a multitude of reasons why this happens: my brain just keeps thinking, my bump is itchy, there's an octopus in my belly, my legs are restless, I have to wee for the umpteenth time. This list could go on and on! At the minute, I'm finding myself waking at all hours of the night and being unable to go back to sleep. They say this is to prepare you for the sleep deprivation a newborn brings. As if I need the preparation!
As your pregnancy progresses. you are bound to feel a little itchy, especially across your bump as your skin stretches to contain your expanding uterus. I've never had anything other than this "normal" bump itchiness - until this time. I could literally scratch my legs til they are raw and I have more than a few scars on them now as a result of my unfettered midnight scratch-fests! How attractive!! Please do be aware that sometimes what we think is a normal pregnancy itch could actually be something altogether different Obstetric Cholestasis begins in late pregnancy in about 1 out of 1,000 pregnancies. It triggers extreme itching on the palms of your hands, soles of your feet and bump but can also be all over itching and can be diagnosed with a simple Liver Function Test.
5. Baby Brain
Research has shown that our brains function differently during pregnancy. I'm sure this comes as no surprise to you when you remember the time you put the TV remote in the fridge or the time you left the iron plugged in... just two examples from my own week this week!! It's getting worse as my due date approaches. I am so forgetful. But rest assured, that in the months post-partum our brains will return to at least semi-normal functioning levels!
6. Body Changes
Even from before you get a positive pregnancy test, some women find their body begins to change. In the first trimester breast size and shape changes are the first things you may notice changing. As the weeks turn to months. lumps and bumps will begin to appear everywhere - mostly in, but not confined to, your belly area! Veins are more prominent as your skin stretches to accommodate a growing baby, extra blood and fluids and the extra pregnancy weight in general. All over hair growth may be increased or, in some cases like mine, decreased.
I'm up, I'm down, I'm up again - and that's just in the last 10 seconds! I am finding myself very quick to anger this time around. Not to mention the tears - let's just say I cried at the Ikea advert yesterday. Cringe! It's not a side effect of pregnancy I am particularly fond of, but I do try to cut myself some slack and remember that it's just for a short period of time in the grand scheme of thing.
Pregnancy is a physical and emotional roller-coaster, so all that we and those closest to us can do, is strap ourselves in and try to enjoy the ride.
What else would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments!