I recently had my baby shower over last weekend and it was an absolute blast. It was great to be able to see all of my family and friends and celebrate this very special boy that will soon be coming into the world. During my shower, I was asked a lot about how I was doing, how I was feeling and how I was handling pregnancy and truth be told I just take it one day at a time. Some really funny responses were shared, and it inspired me to create this post about some of the things I was not expecting during pregnancy. I wanted this to be lighthearted, but I am also keeping it 100% real. Pregnancy can be tough, but so worth it!
Morning sickness isn’t just during the morning, oh no, it’s all day long. I have been extremely lucky to not have thrown up much during my pregnancy, however, my morning sickness manifested differently in the form of excruciating stomach aches. My morning sickness lasted up until 18 1/2 weeks, which is a bit longer than most, and I honestly thought it would never end. I would wake up in the morning feeling incredibly sick to my stomach accompanied by the feeling of it being extremely empty like I hadn’t eaten in days. Then I would eat two bites of food and feel insanely full, bloated and nauseous. It was very debilitating to the point where I couldn’t leave my bed and was hands down the number one thing I was not expecting while I’ve been expecting.
Having a huge appetite, but a very small stomach. Why is this even a thing? Growing a human is hard work, and it takes up so much of your energy – that we all know. All I want to do is go to my favourite Chinese buffet and chow down on all of my favourites, but I know it would all be for naught. One plate in and I know I would feel like my stomach would explode. That saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach” has never rang truer as it has to me in the past 7 months. It’s extremely frustrating. Your girl just wants to eat!
Just how uncomfortable you REALLY get. I knew pregnancy was a very complicated process, but I was completely naive to how much your body actually changes. Hormones are running rampant, especially one in particular called relaxin (yet it is anything but relaxing!), that helps loosen up your joints in preparation for the months ahead. I had no idea just how badly your back, tail bone, stomach and pelvis really hurt during your 9 months of pregnancy due to this. Walking, sitting and even rolling over in bed is so uncomfortable and the amount of pressure you feel on a constant basis is mind blowing. If you’re unlucky you’ll even get this wonderful condition called Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) which makes even the simplest task of putting your pants on in the morning a painful chore. Oh the joys!
So those are three things that I wasn’t expecting during my pregnancy. They seem like they’d be pretty obvious, but somehow they just aren’t. I am sure there will be plenty more to share as I am now in my 30th week of pregnancy – the final stretch. I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even found it helpful in some way. Have a lovely day!