Today I’m going to be real with you and share some of my symptoms during pregnancy. I tried my best to find out about pregnancy before I fell pregnant but I never got the answer I was looking for. No one told me what I wanted to hear, I always got the same answer: “It’s beautiful”. This is not meant to scare anyone, it’s just to tell you how every mom to be goes through different symptoms.
I watched What to expect when you’re expecting when I was pregnant. Wow, what a movie. If you haven’t watched it, please do. It gives you a reality check on how every journey to parenthood is different.
What to expect when you’re expecting:
1. Morning Sickness
I had morning sickness for a short period, thank God for that however during that period I hated water and many other things. That feeling of throwing up was horrible. Many women get morning sickness throughout their pregnancy like my cousin, who threw up everyday like 5 times. I honestly cannot see how that is beautiful.
From leg cramps in the middle of the night, headaches odd parts of the day to backaches throughout the day. There were times I wanted to take a pain-killer but I tried to avoid it, just to be safe.
3. Swollen feet
I had this towards the end of my pregnancy and there was nothing pretty about this. I was limited with shoes and had to keep my feet up all the time.
Oh yes! Pregnant women have gas and sometimes its hectic haha!
5. Hair loss
It took me a year after Kitana was born and 3 haircuts for my hair to stop falling. It was horrible, I left trails of hair everywhere I went.
6. Internal checks
When I was induced for labor, this was one thing that freaked me out even more than actually having a c-section. The doctor has no patience or emotions for you during labor. They literally just get in there full force.
7. Leaky boob and the works
It can happen during pregnancy when your breasts start preparing for baby, you may even discharge quite often.
8. Lack of sex
Many men get scared to be intimate with a pregnant woman..and I honestly don’t blame them, however, many women become more aroused during pregnancy.
You might need a pillow instead of your husband during the night For me, I used a pregnancy pillow and that was the only thing that could keep me comfy. It becomes difficult sleeping with a big stomach.
10. Mood swings
You can have 2 or maybe 3 personalities Moods are normal and I was quite emotional. I used to sit and watch Bollywood movies and ball my eyes out.
11. Stay close to Mr. Loo
I peed a lot and spent half of my day in the toilet. It’s best you get some magazines to occupy you.
12. Your body changes
Hello, stretch marks… I prepared for this and used bio oil on my stomach every day but guess what…my thighs ended up getting stretch marks.
13. Dr google becomes your best friend.
I used to search for everything on pregnancy and I ended up finding some strange topics and videos!
Nandos! I’m guessing this is one of the perks of being pregnant, you can eat anything you want. Some say that cravings is all in the head while others feel it exists. For me, It was just a feeling of wanting it all the time. I knew I had to eat this today! Please don’t stop yourself, your bambino wants it. 🙂
I was lucky to have not experienced this but I’ve had friends who did. They say eating small meals throughout the day is better than 3 big meals.
Pregnancy is not beautiful for every woman, some hate it while others enjoy it. Labor and delivery is not the easiest and no I don’t think it’s possible to sneeze out your baby.
Be ready for the unexpected and don’t try to plan your pregnancy because things don’t always go our way.
Even though I had terrible aches and pains, I enjoyed been pregnant. Is it worth it in the end? Yes, it is and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.