Some of the conversations I’ve had with other mum’s, mum’s to be and…in-fact lets just say women. The general consensus around pregnancy is that there is so many pregnancy struggles that aren’t spoken about, but not everyone wants to share their gory details. I feel that if I’d had known some of the below before becoming pregnant; it would have possibly made the experience so much easier.
1. Bigger boobs – Yaassss hunni! I suppose this is something you will only be happy about if you don’t already have huge boobs. I didn’t so this excited me very much. While we are on the subject of boobs; your areola’s will also get a hell of a lot darker and your nipples will become even more sensitive.
2. Sleep – you will be tired all the time at random times. I remember always being so tired, that I would never remember falling asleep I would just wake up confused lol. Do you know how annoying it is to lay down all comfy, to watch Eastenders and then to wake up hours after it finished.
3. 40 weeks = 10 Months – This is how long you will possibly be pregnant for, and this is how your due date is calculated. I’m still trying to figure out who came up with the 9 month lie!
4. Sensitive Gum’s – It is common during pregnancy to experience swollen and sensitive gums. This is caused by the hormonal changes in your body. This is actually how I knew I was pregnant the second time around, I went to brush my teeth before bed like I always do…started brushing and the blood just started pouring. I looked like I’d done 10 rounds with (insert boxer of your choice here) lol.
5. Bigger Feet – I was so confused after having my first daughter! When I would go to wear my pre pregnancy shoes and found them to not be as comfortable as they once were, or found they were a bit more snug than I remember. It took me a whole 2 years to actually look into this, turns out that your feet can grow by up to half a shoe size during pregnancy. Cue baby number two… *rolls eyes* they grew again! Great!
6. You may bleed – but don’t panic! When I was 6 weeks pregnant with my first daughter, I had what I later found out to be an implantation bleed. It appeared to be a very light period, so I panicked like any normal women in early pregnancy would. I pretty much ran to A&E in tears, scared that the worst was happening. Everything was fine…if you are pregnant and experience bleeding ALWAYS go and get checked, but all I’m trying to say is don’t panic as it’s not always a sign of miscarriage.
7. Increased sensitivity…down there- This is an added bonus, I don’t feel like I need to write a whole paragraph. I’m sure you get what I mean! *winks*
8. Pregnancy Brain is very much real – if you generally are good at remembering stuff, this will change believe me. All the stories you’ve heard a very much true…it is possible to put a load of washing on, only to discover you had just turned on an empty washing machine.
9. Crying is part of the experience – I’m not really a crier generally, but I became a big blubbering cry baby whilst pregnant. It was mainly happy tears which I did find to be very odd. Just blame it on those hormones, they can and will take the blame for most stuff during pregnancy and the first few months after having your little one.
10. Wee Wee Wee – It is highly likely you will pee your pants, just a teeny bit! As embarrassing as it is, it happened to me. The first time it happened I was not prepared, was extremely confused…why the hell are my pants wet?! Well there is a tiny human constantly sitting on my bladder and I obviously need to work on my pelvic floor muscles lol