After popping out a very beautiful baby girl (Hi Zoë!), it has FINALLY dawned on me how much I didn’t know about before I got pregnant. Now, I was always one of those women that watched other people go through it on YouTube and that really made me feel like I had the upper hand. I knew the symptoms, I know what to expect, I knew about labor and delivery! I was ready to go, right? Boy was I wrong! Let’s get right into what I wasn’t prepared for, shall we?
1. No symptoms are the same: I had zero nausea all through my pregnancy and still had my period (or light bleeding) for the first few months! Yes, it happens and it happened to me. I always thought that when I was blessed with a baby, I’d go through it all but this just re-iterates how different all pregnancies are right?
2. I went blind. You read right. My otherwise bearable vision depreciated so badly that I actually had to wear my glasses all the time! WTF right? Who knew that pregnancy could mess with your eyes too? Have you not suffered enough?
3. I developed a gum disease. Back at it again with your immune system betraying you in favor of your little nugget lol. Before pregnancy, my mouth and I had a clean bill of health! During? No comment but the dentist knew my name!
4. My lips, oh my lips! Now, I’ve heard of the swelling, trust me I expected my nose and my feet to deal with me mercilessly but guess what swelled up instead? My lips! Now, this would be amazing if I didn’t already have full lips but I do so…no thanks!
5. The boobies leaked. ALL THROUGH! They leaked almost every day attached to every random baby thought or emotion and it was weird. Some days, I would wake up in a little puddle on my bed. Ew...?
6. My labor was weirdly short. Now, it could have been shorter (it was 5 hours from start to finish) but for a first time mom, the average is from 12-40 hours so there’s that! I went to the hospital in a full face of make up because of how much time I thought I had time! I had my exercise ball to help with labor and a diffuser for ambience. Did I get to whip them out? No! I was in and out of there so fast, my nurses didn’t even get to hear me scream!
Pregnancy came chuck full of MANY surprises and even though no two pregnancies even for the same person are the same, I would do it all over again (maybe three more times?) and no, it’s not just something cliché that women say. My advice? Throw away the expectations and experience it all for yourself. Manifest positivity (No crystals I promise lol) and make it your own kind of beautiful. Between the morning sickness, I mean!
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