When you get the news that you are expecting your first child, nothing can you truly prepare you for the way your body transforms and the challenges of impending motherhood. There’s no comparison to anything else you’ve ever experienced. Of course, there are parenting books, videos, classes, and advice (solicited or not) from family and friends to “guide” you on your pregnancy path. While it helps you feel prepared, until you bring your own bundle of joy home, you can’t truly understand what happens throughout the nine months of pregnancy.
New moms and moms-to-be like to share stories of the weird things that happened to them while pregnant – what cravings they indulged in, weird habits they formed, and different sleep patterns they experienced. Want to know what kind of weird things to potentially expect during your pregnancy?
1. Being fatigued. I’m not talking about wanting to take a nap now and then, but being truly sluggish and lethargic, especially in the first trimester. It’s like having symptoms of the flu without the fever, chills, or aches. You may want to keep the same pace as before, but listen to your body and slow down when you need to. After all, your body is growing another human being and the tiny one needs you to be well-rested and relaxed.
2. Weird aversions to food. Normally you may love coffee/bacon/ice cream, but when you’re pregnant, the sheer smell of it might make you feel nauseous. It’s common in pregnant women to have an enhanced sense of smell and those waves of nausea can come without a moment’s notice. You can have a food aversion while at the same time hunkering for a strange craving.
3. Your body swells. It happens to the best of us. The cankles might set in much to your dismay. Your feet might become swollen and, in some instances, women have gone up shoe sizes while pregnant. Your fingers might also puff up making it hard to wear your normal rings. You may want to temporarily replace your wedding ring or other rings with CZ rings in a larger size during your pregnancy.
4. Breakouts. You thought that the teenage years of acne were behind you? Guess again. With your hormones going haywire, it’s not uncommon to grow extra facial hair or breakout on the face or even your body. It’s definitely not fun, but usually it is temporary. Make sure to drink plenty of water and follow your normal skincare routine.
5. Temporary forgetfulness. You may find yourself losing or misplacing little things. Maybe you take fifteen minutes looking for your sunglasses…and then realize that they’re on your head. It can be frustrating, but this is completely normal and nothing to worry about.
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but every woman reacts differently to its effects. You may experience none of the above, all of the above, or perhaps your own list of weird things. Rest assured it’s all more than worth it when you get to hold your little one for the first time. If you begin to experience anything that feels truly off, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about it. Anything that involves your health is very important to discuss at your check-ups.
For the most part, it’s best to try to keep up with what your body is used to. Talk with your doctor about what’s safe for you and your baby. As long as you get the green light, keep going on with your normal day-to-day routine. Be sure to exercise, eat healthy, and get plenty of rest. This is great for your baby, but also fantastic for you – before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Your body will change because it is preparing for the baby’s birth. As your pregnancy gets into the later trimesters, some of these symptoms may subside or some may want to suddenly make their appearance. If you’re one of the lucky ones that gets to breeze through their pregnancy without any of these, then I applaud you. No matter what, every mom-to-be has the pregnancy glow, and it’s a great time to pamper yourself with gifts for expecting moms while you wait for your newest family addition to arrive.
Did you experience anything out of the ordinary during your pregnancy?