If you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while, then you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been absent for quite a long time. And I guess you could say that I have my reasons…
Yep, we’re expecting our fourth little bundle of joy and we are so excited to be welcoming another daughter to our family! (Although, truth be told, when my kids were polled, they all wanted another boy.)
And if you read my post on taking family pictures, you might appreciate some of the outtakes of this little photo session:
Let’s just say we took around 100 photos during our shoot and most of them had some sort of issue. It all worked out, though, which was a miracle considering that just moments before all three kids were crying about something!
Naturally I’ve had pregnancy (and babies) on the brain for quite a while now, and this time around I’ve been paying attention to some of the weirder aspects of pregnancy. You know, the odd little symptoms, quirks you might develop, or even little annoyances. The stuff your mom forgot to mention. So without further adieu I give you*:
- Your sleep habits have gone haywire. Believe it or not, waking up at all hours of the night can seemingly happen almost as soon as that little cluster of cells has implanted! For me, these sleep disturbances usually last throughout most of the first trimester, despite the fact that I’m unbelievably tired. Just a small hint of what’s to come!
- Your gag reflex has kicked into overdrive. Having a hard time brushing your teeth? Maybe you feel the need to warn your dentist or your hygienist that there’s a small chance you might throw up on them if you start gagging. Yes, I have actually said that to my dentist and his employees. And yes, they’ve looked at me like I’m crazy. It can’t be helped.
- Speaking of crazy, you might think that’s what you’ve become. I’m not going to lie, my “craziest,” flying off the handle, I seriously-can’t-believe-I-just-said-that moments have been when I’m pregnant. There might be something to that hormone thing after all.
- Your nose might feel like you have a constant cold…or it might start bleeding randomly. Yep, it’s called pregnancy rhinitis and it’s not particularly fun. And along those lines, I might add that the only times I’ve ever had a sinus infection have been—you guessed it—when I’m pregnant. It happens.
- While we’re on the subject of illness, you might feel like you’re just attracting every plague known to man. And that’s because you might be. It’s remarkable that your immune system generally knows it shouldn’t be rejecting that tiny being growing inside of you! I love that. I don’t love the fact that it means I’m now more attractive to the little critters that make me sick.
- Think you’re escaping PMS symptoms? Think again. In my earlier, childfree years, I imagined pregnancy to be nine months of blissful freedom from cramps and stabbing vaginal pains. And so you can imagine my disappointment when I found that that wasn’t the case. Believe me, my poor OB has gotten more, “I’m having period-like cramps!” panic-stricken phone calls from me than he cares to recall. Luckily he’s nice about putting up with my crazy.
- You might find yourself running to the bathroom more frequently to check if your period has started. I’m not the only one who does this, right?…RIGHT? With an increase of discharge down there, there can be an increase of, “Oh, my period has definitely started,”-type thoughts.
- You feel like you’ve got a mouth full of change. It’s called dysgeusia, and it refers to the change in taste that can occur, usually during the first trimester. It is often described as a metallic taste in your mouth. In other words…yuck.
- You didn’t realize what a messy eater you were—until crumbs started constantly landing inside your shirt. Gone from smaller-to-larger chested? Having crumbs fall down your shirt may be an unexpected consequence. Now that I’m further along in my pregnancy, my crumbs have a nice landing spot—my belly. Constantly digging around underneath my clothes to wipe myself off isn’t something I particularly relish, but it’s better than having itchy-crumb belly.
- You might not realize you’re pregnant at all. Believe it or not, it does happen. And it happened to me with Mr. Child #3. After a long-standing period of pumping milk for Missy #2, I hadn’t had a period (though plenty of #6 on this list). But after weeks of experiencing just about all the above, I decided that maybe, just maybe I should take a good ol’ home pregnancy test. Let’s just say that it was the surprise of a lifetime, and even more of a surprise when I got to the doctor and found that most of my first trimester was already over. Luckily, we really like the little dude!
Did I scare you off? No? Good. Because let me tell you, as unpleasant and strange an experience as pregnancy is sometimes, it is sooooo worth it. Every minute of it. My kiddos are the lights of my life and the joys of my heart (along with my sweet hubby, of course!) I simply cannot imagine my life without them!
I know I’m not the only one who has been surprised by some of the stranger aspects of pregnancy, so mommies please share…what surprised YOU?
*Please note: This blog post is meant for entertainment purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice in any way. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy or think you might be pregnant, please contact your healthcare provider.