30 Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy

30 Things That No One Tells You About Pregnancy

Let me start by saying that pregnancy is a blessing, a miracle, and is wonderful in its entirety. I am currently pregnant with my third baby and it still amazes me what a woman’s body is capable of doing. With that being said, there are definitely things that no one tells you about pregnancy. Looking back, I would have loved to get the low down on what it’s really like to be pregnant. Since I had to learn the hard way, I figured I can be that friend to all of you with inquiring minds.

Disclaimer: Every pregnant women will have her own experience/symptoms and may or may not experience some of the things I will mention.

This list contains 30 things that many women experience and deal with including myself.

So with that being said, let’s jump right into them:

  1. You’re NOT Eating For Two

    This one I know, I know. What a way to start off. This is a myth that many pregnant women, including myself looked forward to. Getting to stuff your face with everything in sight and not be judged because you’re eating for two, right? Unfortunately, the medical professionals have a different outlook. You actually need to eat more for your growing baby but pigging out isn’t the answer. Your OB or Midwife will actually tell you that you need to be eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Blah. 

  2. People Stare

    This one may be a given because I think naturally we humans all stare at baby bumps. But being on the receiving side can be a little awkward and at times annoying. 

  3. Unsolicited Touching

    Once your belly starts to poke out, it isn’t uncommon for people to feel like it’s an open invitation to touch. If you’re anything like me, you hate when people touch your belly especially while pregnant. The only way to stop it? Honestly, I don’t know but I do become a hand chopping ninja that is always on guard.

  4. Body Image Issues

    The pregnant body is beautiful and one of a kind but it can take a toll on your emotions. Watching your body balloon so quickly can cause body image blues but don’t worry, everything will more than likely go back to normal after your little one arrives.

  5. Raging Hormones

    I’m sure we’ve all heard that pregnant women are emotional and this is 100% true. From the very beginning all the way through postpartum your hormones are going wild. Be ready to experience five different emotions in a short time span and possibly not really like your partner the entire time. Don’t ask why..

  6. Weird Dreams

    Pregnancy definitely brings on the crazy, wild dreams. I never understand where they come from, I just know this is a fact.

  7. Sensitive Nose

    Pregnancy heightens your sense of smell and this can work both for and against you. On one hand you might enjoy being able to smell what others can’t and on the other, things that don’t smell so lovely will smell twice as bad to you and may trigger an upset stomach.

  8. Nausea, Lot’s of Nausea

    Nausea is a HUGE part of pregnancy. Bigger than many can imagine, especially in the first trimester. Morning sickness is a false term being that it refers to all day, all night nausea with no break in between. Usually nausea is the very worst in the first trimester (literally everyday) but dies out in the second trimester if you are fortunate. Some woman are nauseous their entire pregnancy.

  9. Change In Saliva

    This may not be the case for every pregnant mom to be but in a lot of cases pregnancy brings on a change in your saliva. There might be more of it in general or in my case, things just taste different overall. Everything leaves a “taste” on your tongue and it ruins the way everything tastes, including water.

  10. Bloody Gums

    Pregnancy causes your gums to become more sensitive. A lot of pregnant women complain of bleeding gums and sore teeth. This effected me personally in my first pregnancy where my wisdom teeth became infected several times causing severe pain and frequent visits to the dentist. This eventually resulted in just getting all four pulled soon after birth.

  11. Numb Body Parts

    Your body parts will more than likely go numb at random. I have experienced numbness in my legs, arms, ears, feet, and surprisingly my lady bits. Yikes.

  12. You’ll Miss Sleeping On Your Belly

    No one ever tells you how much you will really miss sleeping on your belly. There is this really cool maternity pillow that has a hole in it to accommodate your baby bump and allows for safe tummy sleeping.

  13. Lot’s of Blood Work

    Surprisingly, prenatal visits include its fair share of blood work, more than you might imagine.

  14. Tired/Fatigue

    From the very beginning you will be just plain tired. The hormones have a weird way of making you sleeping beauty but don’t let anyone make you feel bad, you’re growing a human. Take that extra nap or five.

  15. Change In Areolas 

    Pregnancy will cause a change to your nipples and areolas. Most women’s areolas enlarge and become darker.

  16. Large Breasts

    This part of pregnancy might actually excite you. Your breasts will grow and those new twins will more than likely stick around through breastfeeding.

  17. Constipation

    A lot of pregnant women experience constipation. Your hormones play a huge role in this unlikely symptom.

  18. Hemorrhoids

    There are a few factors that go into whether or not you get hemorrhoids but it is something that isn’t uncommon in pregnancy. Thankfully, I have never had to go through this one personally.

  19. Increase in Sweat

    Your body temperature will increase during pregnancy thus causing an increase in sweat. Sweating also plays a big role postpartum in getting rid of all of the excess water you’re holding.

  20. Acne

    Hormones play a huge role in which turn your skin will take. Some women develop acne, some experience the “pregnancy glow”, and if your like me, you’ll get a little bit of both.

  21. Giant Feet

    For some odd reason your feet will grow bigger during pregnancy. It really doesn’t make any sense but it can happen. My feet grow a half-size every pregnancy and literally don’t go back to its original size. Hello new shoes.

  22. Hunger Pains

    I’m sure we’ve all been “hangry” at some point in our lives. But I’m here to tell you pregnancy hunger is on a totally different level. Don’t ever say you weren’t warned.

  23. Constant Trips To The Bathroom

    This one is something that everyone probably knows about. There will be constant trips to the bathroom with it getting annoyingly worse the further along you get.

  24. Itchy Skin

    Your skin will become oddly a lot itchier than normal. I’ve always heard that when the stomach area itches it’s because of all the stretching your skin is doing. I’ve also heard scratching causes stretch marks so keeping the moisturizer on hand is a must.

  25. Gassy

    I honestly don’t know what causes pregnant women to have so much gas but its a nasty truth. It can get overwhelming if it’s getting stuck and causing you pain but walking will always push it right out, girlfriend.

  26. Vaginal Discharge

    You will have an increase in vaginal discharge so panty liners will probably be one of your best friends.

  27. Pregnancy Brain

    Pregnancy comes with a lovely symptom called pregnancy brain. What’s that you ask? You have a hard time remembering things, I mean drawing complete blanks all the time.

  28. Butter Fingers

    This may seem a little weird but you will have butter fingers. Odd correlation but true. Stuff will just fly out of your hand at random so be prepared.

  29. Off Limit Foods

    There will be foods (and drinks) that you can’t partake in such as uncooked/under-cooked food, food that have a high risk of carrying bacteria, alcohol, certain fish, etc.

  30. Painful Baby Kicks

    Your baby’s kicks will be sweet, reassuring, and exciting but can become painful and overwhelming at times especially if your babe decides to party when it’s time for you to get some rest.

So, what did you think about all of that? Leave me your comments down below!

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