Inspired by my lovely mum friends! As we sat having coffee we got to talking about all of the things that are pregnancy taboo.
The things that really happen to your body, but that no one ever talks about. So that’s what I am dedicating this post to: the crazy things that happen to your body that people just don’t talk about.
From here on in our lady gardens will be referred to as our “sparkle” – (thanks Rach.) And I am sure that there are SO many of you that as you’re reading this you’re excitedly thinking – maybe it’s not just me! If I miss something – PLEASE add it below in the comments section and put some other pregnant lady out of her misery.
On a positive note (apart from the fact that your carrying your precious bambino) they don’t last forever and most of the things come and go in a matter of weeks. At least you know it’s normal!
Feeling fat lasts nine months but the joy of becoming a mom lasts forever. ~Attributed to Nikki Dalton
Beware – it is rather graphic although I have restrained from illustrations.
OK, here goes, in no particular order:
- Hairy forearms in the first and second trimester
- Very sensitive skin
- Extremely itchy bum due to said sensitive skin and sudden allergy to your toilet paper
- A very swollen sparkle towards the end
- Random variety of sparkle discharge (no smell – if it smells you should get it checked out)
- Leaky nipples – from as early as 18 weeks
- Stronger smelling body odour
- Needing the toilet every hour through the night – but when you go there is only a trickle
- Horrific heartburn
- No longer being able to see your sparkle and having to ask your husband to keep it tidy (especially if you have an abnormal fear of waxing)
- Extreme mood swings
- Nipple discoloration
- Hair darkening
- A line of hair from your belly button to your sparkle
- Extreme libido: either sex crazed or off it all together
- Morning sickness: the name can be misleading. It can happen throughout the day and night and the most random things can spark it (tastes, smells)
- Swelling: your hands and feet can really swell towards the end
- Massive boobs
- You can sometimes feel in need of a tenor lady when you sneeze – especially if it is your second baba
- Lots of random aches and pains each of which makes you panic
- Expect the unexpected with your skin and hair at each stage of the pregnancy
- Difficulty breathing in the second trimester
- Going from being horizontal to vertical can only ever be done by rolling – gone are the days of sitting up normally!
- Your feet can grow bigger and stay bigger!
- You gain a whole lot of weight in your third trimester
- You won't feel like yourself
- Sometimes it can all get a bit too much and a good cry and a big cuddle can be all it takes to restore your balance x
We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong. ~Laura Stavoe Harm