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Two years ago I was just starting my pre-conception plan with the hopes of becoming a mom. It worked, as I now have a beautiful healthy son who just started crawling two weeks ago. As a first time mom, I went into pregnancy with a lot of ideas and beliefs that were, if not all out wrong, they were ignorant and didn’t make my pregnancy any easier. I clearly recall telling a pregnant co-worker that “I never throw up and don’t expect to while pregnant.” It shouldn’t come as a shock then that I threw up nearly every day of my pregnancy. Here are 5 unexpected pregnancy symptoms I wish I known about before I got pregnant:
1. Your overall heath going into pregnancy does not determine how healthy you will be during pregnancy
I follow a very healthy diet that is nutrient dense. I put a lot of faith in my diet because I’ve healed myself of anxiety, depression and pcos. I’ve also lost weight and managed to keep it off. I was expecting to have an easy joyful pregnancy and I was sick as a dog and grumpier than a shark with a toothache. Also, I have a friend who only eats processed foods and her pregnancy was a breeze. While I’m not saying you should just eat junk food, I do think that you shouldn’t expect your “prefect” diet to save you from a difficult pregnancy.
2. Pregnancy will change your body permanently
I don’t just mean stretch marks or a giggly stomach. I now have a permanent aversion to salads and I can no longer deal with heat. It was 80 degrees last weekend and I thought I was going to have a heat stroke. I’m already shopping for a portable air conditioner so I can make it through the one week of 100 degree weather we typically have here. The labor will bring other surprises like permanent tearing or a c section scar.
3. Sometimes it’s more than just crazy hormones
When I hit the third trimester, I started experiencing lots of anxiety and paranoia. I chalked it up to hormones and upped my fish oils (which did help) but it wasn’t until the Little arrived that I noticed my thyroid was enlarged. It turns out m thyroid levels were lower than normal (which explains my freezing cold feet) . My doctor recommended a supplement which did bring the levels back up.
4. The Hairy Belly
Not only did I have a super sleuth sense of smell during most of my pregnancy, I also sprouted more hair on my belly than my husband. Sexy right?
This is not necessarily a symptom but an important aspect during pregnancy. While some are fine with intimate relations during pregnancy, my husband and I were celibate. It was a mutual decision so at least one of wasn’t upset with the other for not fulfilling these important needs. I honestly could barely stand being touched so there weren’t cuddles or any physical affection during the long 9 months.
You can probably see why in my About me page, I have the Little described as my ONLY child. I’m a one child mama and I’m ok with that. We might adopt in the future but now we’re just enjoying our little guy.
There are a plethora more of unexpected pregnancy symptoms but these are few that I just didn’t come across in any of my pregnancy books. Mamas, I’d love if you shared a pregnancy symptom you weren’t expecting.