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10 Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy


1. Your feet may get a half shoe size bigger
, and stay that way.

2. If you travel on an airplane, your husband’s ankles may get swollen during the flight. That’s what happened to my friend Emily and her husband when they took a trip during her third trimester.

3. Your hair might fall out, like my friend Annette’s did. She thought she had a terminal disease but actually she was pregnant.

4. Or your hair might get thick and shiny and gorgeous. But it’s not yours. Once the baby comes you will start losing it in clumps.

5. You may not have any of those vivid Technicolor pregnancy dreams everyone tells you about.

6. You may get “morning sickness” in the afternoons and evenings and feel perfectly fine in the mornings.

7. Turning from side to side in bed becomes a Herculean task. Think: beetle stuck on its back, legs flailing in the air.

8. You will love your pregnancy body pillow more than your husband.

9. A lot of people won’t even notice you are pregnant, even if you’re as big as a brick house. “I just thought you’d been putting on weight, like I have,” Perii at the library said to me. When I was pregnant with my second child, I was lecturing in front of 40 students three times a week. Though I was eight months along when the semester ended, more than half of them had no idea I was pregnant.

10. Your baby will not come when you think it will or want it to. It will come when you’re least expecting it. I expected to be two weeks past the due date with my first. Instead I was two weeks early.

What surprised you about being pregnant? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Comments (25)

And when all that lovely hair falls out, your remaining hair will look limp and greasy, complimenting the acne you will get from the hormones from breastfeeding.
Never been pregnant and with that list, I'm glad I'm not! .-= Frugal Kiwi´s last blog ..How to Cuddle a Koala =-.
I was shocked when my belly button -- formerly, an attractive "innie" -- popped out like a Cheerio. Also, with my first pregnancy, I dreamt one night that I delivered a litter of kittens. .-= ruth pennebaker´s last blog ..Finally, An Adult Film Message =-.
11. You will do it again, even though during labor you swear it is the worst pain in your life and who would ever dream of subjecting themselves to this ever?
I've never felt blissful during pregnancy, ever. Nor have I bonded with my babies before they were born, even though so many people say they do. I just couldn't relate to what was making me so physically miserable (can we talk 9 months of morning sickness?) I always made up for it in spades the moment the baby was born, though! .-= Christine at OrigamiMommy´s last blog ..Welcoming Anna =-.
That's an easy question. I was surprised that all the dire warnings about how I would feel during pregnancy (why do women love to share all the bad stuff?) did NOT come true. I was healthier and felt better than I ever have in my life. Delivery was not a piece of cake, but that's only a few hours at the end of nine months of bliss. .-= Vera Marie Badertscher´s last blog ..TEN PERFECT GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS WHO READ =-.
I lived in France while pregnant, outside Paris. Suddenly people who usually ignored me started opening doors and smiling. I felt like a celebrity. Being pregnant in France brought status somehow. But, but, but, what was funny was that people kept calling me "mademoiselle" because I looked so young, although my very pregnant belly should have told them I had to be a "madame." .-= Alexandra´s last blog ..On Trouve Tout … à la Bibliothèque de Wellfleet! =-.
Ha! These brought back memories. I didn't have just one pregnancy pillow--I had a whole arsenal. My husband would always laugh at my little fort. The tough thing was that once I got all my pillows in just the right places, I'd have to use the bathroom and then start all over again! .-= ReadyMom´s last blog ..Ghirardelli cookie disappointment--call for recipes! =-.
I *still* sleep w/ my pregnancy body pillow! When I get too hot spooning my husband, I flip over and hug "Fred" on the opposite side of the bed. (Yes, we nicknamed him, and it stuck!)
No one told me that my libido would finally match my husbands! .-= 6512 and growing´s last blog ..Score 1 for the chickens =-.
So much to know you don't know! Nice list! .-= Meredith Resnick - The Writer's [Inner] Journey´s last blog ..The 5-Question [Book] Editor Interview: Gina Frangello =-.
Wow, I guess #2 must relate to sympathy pains. .-= Susan´s last blog ..What's in a (Blog) Name? =-.
Hmm, I think I'm going through postpartum amnesia!! It wasn't so much the surprises while I was pregnant as those directly after I gave birth! .-= Almost Slowfood´s last blog ..I'm a Featured Blogger on Babble =-.
The crud that I kept finding in my underwear--that was a surprise, especially when I told my gyno about it and she said, "Totally normal." No one warned me about that. Let's see. Just how many people think it's so cool that you are about to have a baby, especially if it's your first one. I had more strangers initiate conversations with me during pregnancy than ever in my life. You might get horny. But your husband might think that it's "weird" to have sex with you. .-= Alisa Bowman´s last blog ..The Best Marriage Advice You Ever Got =-.
I totally had wacky, vivid, sometimes violent dreams. I also had...pubic bone pain, sciatica ... those weren't fun! And carpal tunnel AFTER pregnancy. Not that everyone gets these pains, but they are pretty common. Oh and a tad off topic, I was expecting to not have my period for a year (roughly) if I breastfed for a year. Turns out it came back THREE MONTHS postpartum. The lactation consultant told me I should be pumping twice at night. WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME THIS?!?!? Everyone celebrates when baby starts sleeping in longer stretches (mine's doing between 4-6 in the first stretch and 2-3 thereafter), but no one ever says, well you'd better be pumping then!
This doesn't exactly make me want to get pregnant. I thought this was supposed to be a positive, uplifting website. This whiny, negative article is like something you'd read in a typical corporate women's magazine.
Hmmm. Didn't sound whiny to me. In fact, it reminded me of the pain that I had completely forgotten about once my little Bodhi came into the world. And just wanted to mention what they didn't tell me about after the baby is born. My yoni is Wayyy different. Just didn't ever here about it from any women. Why don't we share with our sisters???
Funny, 'cause in my case everybody would just talk about the beautiful things they experienced while being pregnant and I can't say I enjoyed more than 10% of the process. It would actually piss me off when they started talking they felt amazing and beautiful and stuf... most of them didn't have enough breasts for example, while I had already before getting pregnant, so my breasts got so huge I just couldn't breath well. And the sickness, and the farts, and being angry and happy the very next moment, and my intuition, which was so good so far, not working while other people who had nothing to do with me would tell me things that came true (such as the baby's gender). What pregnancy brought me was a lot of uncertainty... I felt without power actually. As if somebody were telling me what to feel and do and I couldn't be the one I wanted to, change my mind, be free. Anyway... It was me myself who chose to live this and it is certainly trying to teach me something about myself.
It's different for every woman, and even the same woman experiences different pregnancies. To me, it has also to do with the baby's personality. He's developing a creative mind as well and participates on the creation, that's what I believe in. I never had many "nirvana" moments while being pregnant, but definitelly many "angry animal" ones. I keep saying I don't wanna do this again, but I'm pretty happy I've been through it once. People say we forget it all. But I know women who didn't and only had one child. I guess that God (or whatever you call it) has some plans for each one of us and maybe for me, not wanting to have another kid coming out of my body would make me adopt a child, which I really consider to do in the future. I believe this could be way better for my family than having a regular one, with kids of my own. So I think everything comes to benefit us, and the others. Don't believe in everything people say and try to choose what you want to experience, consciently. But know that you might get frustrated for not being able to do this all the time. It's not because it doesn't work. It's because we don't know ourselves that deeply. And then you can learn some things about yourself too.
I agree - I am 5 months pregnant, suffering hyperemesis gravidarum and completely miserable. If I am not vomiting I am so nauseas I can barely function. Everyone around me expects me to be happy and glowy while I am just miserable and counting down the days until I can be a parent be done with pregnancy. I worry a great deal that I won't be bonded to my son because I feel nothing for him right now... just sorta like throwing up.
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