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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Things People Don't Tell You: Pregnancy

I decided to write a mini-series titled Things People Don't Tell You because there are so many things that people don't tell you in regard to pregnancy, parenthood, etc.  In fact, Pinterest and blogs and social media make it all look so easy and glamorous and natural.  And a lot of it is, but a lot of it isn't.

So, I'm willing to be honest and open and share the things that people don't tell you in regards to pregnancy, delivery, bringing home a baby, breastfeeding, etc.

If you have questions or suggestions for future topics, please email me.  I'm happy to share!
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Pregnancy.  Celebrities make it look glamorous   Parts of it are.  Parts of it aren't.  And those are the parts you don't hear about too often.  I'm lucky.  I had a great, healthy pregnancy with very few hiccups.  In all reality, pregnancy didn't mean anything different in my world aside from no wine, none of my favorite cheeses, and a much slower gallop when I went for a run.

However, things happen in pregnancy that you just don't even have any warning about until they happen to you.  These are the things I wish I had seen coming...

Snoring.  Normally, I'm not a snorer.  I sawed logs while I was pregnant.

Swelling.  Yeah...everywhere.  Literally everywhere.  And there is no time rule.  It happens when it wants to, where it wants to.  I would put my feet up at night and by the time I got out of the shower in the morning they were too swollen to fit in my shoes again.
Awkward Moment: Sitting in a gas station parking lot in a dress having your husband tear your boots off.  Yup, that happened.

Gas.  I mean, yeah...  All the time from every direction.  Sorrynotsorry for the overshare.

Buy new underwear.  Unless you want to buy new after.  Either way it is inevitable...they stretch out no matter how you carry.  I carried high the entire time and still had to get new.

Yoga.  It helps.  I truly believe it helped me to have a quick and easy labor/delivery.

Stretch marks...not just for the belly.  Lather up everywhere.

People say the meanest things.  Things they would never say to you if you weren't pregnant.  I can't even begin to count the number of times I was asked if I was absolutely certain there was only one baby in there.  Or the number of times someone said to me, "Wow.  You don't look as big in person as you do in your pictures."  Thanks but no thanks!

I think the most important thing that people don't tell you that you absolutely need to know is not to read every piece of literature that gets thrown your way.  It will stress. you. out.  Don't compare your pregnancy to other people's and don't get hung up if you aren't feeling baby move by a certain week or if you've gained more than the suggested amount by month 8.  Every single pregnancy is unique and stressing over the small stuff will just ruin the whole experience for you.  Enjoy every second of it.

4 comments:

  1. I don't think I missed it but did you write your birth story on here?
    And I have to thank you - I had my son after you posted your must haves in the hospital and I packed one of my large tumblers to hold more water. Talk about a life saver!! Those dinky cups would not have helped haha next time I'm packing one for hubby too. Oops.

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  2. Oh and there's one thing I wish I knew about after pregnancy ... But I'm again it might not be good to share on here hsha. I thought I was outta the woods and then thre weeks after he was born BAM it showed up..

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  3. Loved this post!! Pregnancies are ALL so different, even between siblings! I have to agree with the panties thing tho. I just used my regular ones from before and now (because I have yet to replace them) they are always sliding everywhere and super annoying aka they are stretched out! I had terribly uncontrollable gas. It was horribly embarrassing.

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