Monday, August 22, 2011

What they don't tell you but should

Before I had kids I thought pregnancy was a beautiful thing.  Ya, I knew you could get "morning" sickness and stretch marks but that's all I thought could happen.  I think more girls should know what can really happen in pregnancy.  So, here is a list of things that happened to me.

During pregnancy
  • Sensitive nipples sometimes even painful. And they change to a darker color.
  • Frequent urination.  (not just when the baby is big and smashing your bladder)
  • Nausea (all day and not just in the morning) and vomiting.  
  • Heartburn
  • Bleeding gums
  • Dry hair and skin
  • Tiredness (not just when your big and can't sleep cause you can't find a comfortable position)
  • GAS (gas pain so bad that you think you may go into labor not to mention the urge to fart in a public place)
  • Constipation
  • Migraines (when I got migraines I would start to lose my peripheral vision) I only got migraines when I was pregnant.
  • SWELLING! (with my first pregnancy I had "cankles" because I was so swollen.)
  • Increase in vaginal discharge. (and with that comes the smell)
  • Sharp abdominal pains from your abdominal muscles being ripped apart to make room for the baby.
  • Charlie Horses.  (I would get them in my feet.)
  • Increased pulse (the first time I was pregnant I thought I was having heart problems)
  • Sciatica pain (with the second pregnancy I actually needed physical therapy it was so bad)
  • Hemorrhoids (with the added pressure and constipation)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pelvic soreness
  • Braxton Hicks pain (some were even more painful then labor)
  • Weight gain
  • Stretch marks (stretch marks in thighs and boobs not just the abdomen)

After pregnancy

  • Bleeding for at least a month (longest period of my life)
  • Huge painful boobs (I thought I would be able to sleep on my stomach after the baby was born but I was wrong)
  • Saggy boobs (whether you breastfeed or not)
  • Hair loss (around 4 months postpartum) I really wish someone would have said something about this to me before it happened.  It scared the crap out of me when it happened.
  • Extra loose skin in the abdomen area.  (I call it my apron cause it hangs over my pants like an apron)
  • Decrease in libido (I could live the rest of my life without sex and would be perfectly happy.)
This is just a list of things that I remember about being pregnant.  You tend to forget all the bad stuff after you hold that sweet little baby.  Even though its hard there is nothing I wouldn't do for my sweet little baby girls.

1 comment:

  1. That alone scares me, and I'm not expecting anymore :) I'm more at discomfort over the after part. Healthy babies make the before so worth it, too!

    If more teen girls were to read this, there would be less babies among them!