Sure everyone will tell you about the stretch marks and butterfly kicks that are involved with pregnancy. But there other things that people forget to mention or are just way too embarrassed to speak about.
I don't want to scare you, but inform you of some common but unspoken truths of pregnancy. Just so if they happen to you, then you know you're not the only one. I'm also going to add a few suggestions on how to deal with them.
Two little pink lines have appeared. You're in shock. It doesn't seem real. You don't really feel any different, no one else can tell. It's your little secret for now.
The first trimester is accompanied by:
Generally speaking, the second trimester is the best. You might start to get your energy back and nausea may ease up thankfully.
As your belly starts to grow you may notice different issues arise.
The longest trimester by far. Time suddenly slows down and every day lasts 48 hours. Some things you can look forward to:
As your due date approaches, you may notice these things happening.
Despite all the less than delightful symptoms and experiences that are apart of pregnancy, nobody told me that I would miss it as much as I did.
As soon as my baby was born I felt this huge emptiness. I missed holding my baby inside, knowing he was safe, content, warm and loved more than anything. I missed the baby hiccups, the small nudges and even the uncomfortable bladder punches.
Pregnancy is a beautiful, challenging, painful, scary, exciting, amazing period of time. So if you're reading this and expecting a baby, just try to enjoy this short period of time knowing your baby is soothed by your heart beat, nourished by your blood, and held by your body.
Here's what others have to say:
"No one ever told me I could express colostrum before birth. As a mum-to-be with GDM you'd think someone would have explained this possibility so my baby could be given expressed colostrum instead of formula. Instead, he was born with very low blood sugar and given a bottle of formula.. which I believe caused all our breastfeeding issues early on!" -Leah
" I didn't expect "morning sickness" to be all day sickness vomiting violently every 30 mins.
Oh and it doesn't stop at 12 weeks" - Melanie
"Omg definitely how much extra discharge I had while pregnant. Pantiliners are your friend!! " - Brittany
" I didn't know that those hormones everyone talks about during pregnancy might fill me with rage rather than tears." -Lauren
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