Pregnancy is a beautiful experience…blah blah blah. You know that part right? If you are lucky enough to carry a healthy baby to full term you’ve already won. However, there are a few things about pregnancy that are less than ideal and I thought you might want to know. I’m not talking about gaining weight and labour pains. You’ve heard countless stories and you have a pretty good idea of what you’re in for. I want to tell you about some things you may not be prepared for.
Morning Sickness Lasts All Day
This isn’t a little nausea before you get out of bed. This can’t be remedied with a few crackers or some ginger ale. This is “knock you down, drag you out, forget what it feels like to be normal” nausea and it lasts all day long. If you get it, you’ll know what I mean. If you don’t, don’t tell me.
Strangers Will Touch Your Stomach
In line at the grocery store, during a yoga class or while you’re simply walking to work, you’ll be accosted by strangers feeling it their God-given right to put their hands all over your pregnant belly. The only defense I can think of is to reach out and rub their belly, too. This usually stops the culprit pretty quick.
You Can’t Sleep on Your Stomach
Sure, this might seem obvious to some but it never occurred to me that my preferred sleeping position would be out of the question for most of my pregnancy. This was rough and you can bet the moment I gave birth I handed that sweet baby over to the nurse and rolled over for a nap. Well, maybe it didn’t happen exactly like that but you get the idea.
The First Poop after Delivery is Terrifying
Yeah, I said it. You think the worst is over because the baby is out and you’re heading home to start life with your new little one. Well, guess what, in a matter of days your body is going to have to go through the motions and you’re going to tremble at the thought. You’ve gone through some serious trauma down there and the thought of pushing one more time is just not an option. Only, it has to be an option and even though it will suck, you will get through it because the alternative isn’t great either.
And a Some Good News to End: You Can Use Your Baby as an Excuse to Stay Home
Did you think I was going to say something cute, like: As soon as you see that baby you realize it was all worth it? Even though that’s true, I don’t need to tell you something you already know. I am trying to prepare you for the stuff they don’t tell you. So, snuggle that little bundle and tell people you can’t make it because you have a date with baby. Finally, you have the perfect excuse to pass. Enjoy it, though, because it doesn’t last long. When they are toddlers you may want to start accepting those invites to leave the house again.