1. Potty Breaks
Your bladder will shrink from day one. Not literally shrink, but your trips to the bathroom will increase dramatically. Most women think it’s not until later in the pregnancy, when the baby is pushing on your bladder that the hourly trips begin. Unfortunately, this is not all that true. Your body begins producing more blood for the baby in the beginning which can cause an increase in urine. By the second trimester you are already peeing quite frequently.
2. Sleep- or lack of
Your sleep deprivation will also begin way before your new baby is here. Most women experience tiredness in the first trimester as your body is beginning to form your new bundle of joy. Luckily, in your second trimester your hormones tend to level out and if you had morning sickness it is usually subsided by week 14. This allows you to sleep a little better for about the next 10 week. However, after that your belly is more noticeable (especially if this isn’t your first baby) than finding a comfy spot is almost impossible. A lot of women also develope insomnia in their final trimester. For me personally, I woke up at 3 a.m every morning like clock work no matter how tired I was when I went to bed.
3. Hormone Reactions
Some women cry, some eat, others get sick. We all react to the hormones differently. I remember having about 3 moments during my pregnancy where I had total melt downs. One time my husband literally watched tv while I had a fight with myself (because he wasn’t listening) in the bedroom. It was about an hour and then I came out and he said “Are you good now?” And we ordered pizza. I always had bad pms, but my pregnancy hormones were so weird sometimes.
4. Weight Gain and Loss
I tried my best to eat healthy, but no matter what you will gain weight during your pregnancy and there us nothing wrong with that. A lot of women believe they have control over how much weight they gain, but this is not true. Some women lose a lot of weight in the beginning due to morning sickness and other women gain a lot of weight due to bad fluid retention. Don’t focus on weight at all when pregnant. Only focus on health, both mentally and physically. Try to eat right and don’t feel judged if it’s 114°F outside and you eat a lot of cheesecake ice cream (haha).
5. Everyone’s Advice
I was told advice about delivery and being a new mom from everyone! I even received advice from the cable guy. I mean this guy was literally telling me how to push. His best advice though was to listen to everyone’s advice and in the end take little pieces from everyone’s advice and do whatever you want. Every mom, pregnancy, and delivery is different so not everyone’s advice will work for you. Being a hairstylist means I’m around hundreds of women and I’ve heard hundreds of birth story’s so my best advice is to just relax and if you are a tense person than put someone else in charge that day. Giving birth can be very stressful, but being tense make it so much worse so just remember to breathe.
6. Ligament Pain
I use to get pains when I was pregnant and they would make me so nervous. I mean I literally thought it was a contraction. My friend told me it was just my ligaments stretching. You have a round ligament that stretches to make room for baby and it can be quit uncomfortable. When I would get out of my car it actually felt like sometime was tearing inside. I learned to move very slowly and do some small stretches to help loosen the ligament.
7. Feeling of love
There is a feeling you get when you find out your pregnant. It almost feels like every emotion smashed together at once. You can be nervous about the birth, scared of baby being unhealthy, happy to tell your husband, and so much more. One feeling I felt when I first had an ultrasound and confirmed that my little was really there was this feeling of absolute love! No matter what us going on in the world I will always have my baby. I will always be her mom. That feeling of love is the most incredible thing I have ever experienced and there is no true way to describe it. Pregnancy can be ugly or beautiful, but everything our bodies do for our little ones that we haven’t even met yet is what makes that love so much more special.