One of the things no one tells you about pregnancy is that your dog will want to lick your belly. Just kidding! I actually put coconut oil on my belly to take that picture. Some of the changes that occur when you are pregnant are uncomfortable, but the good news is that most of them can be avoided or alleviated. I share lots of awesome tips and tricks in my book Healthy Holistic Pregnancy. Today I’m happy to share a guest post that explains the things no one tells you about pregnancy.
During pregnancy, your body will change a lot. While pregnancy is a miraculous experience, there are a lot of things that you probably won’t expect. In fact, some of these changes can be pretty surprising. These are some of the things that most women experience but no one actually tells you will happen during pregnancy.
There may be discomfort
You know that there will be pain during labour, but you might not realize that you will experience pain throughout your pregnancy. You may experience things like a charlie horse in the middle of the night, abdomen pain in your side because of round ligament stretching or sharp pain down your leg because of your baby laying on your sciatic nerve. Restless leg syndrome can also occur. While only slightly painful, it can be very annoying. Fortunately, all of these aches and pains tend to go away once the baby is born and there are ways to treat them naturally. None of these issues should cause you to be in excruciating pain. If you find that the pain is more than you can handle, you need to consult your doctor.
You will feel tired a lot
You will probably be surprised at how tired you feel. Your normal eight hours sleep each night may turn into 10 or 12. This is completely normal. The extra sleep that you need shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that your body is growing a tiny human. When you are trying to fall asleep, it can be difficult to find a comfortable position. Body pillows may be pretty helpful. There are quite a few of them that are designed specifically for pregnancy.
Morning Sickness Doesn’t Just Happen In The Mornings
One of the most unpleasant side effects during pregnancy is morning sickness. Unfortunately, it doesn’t just happen in the mornings. It can happen throughout the day, and it can last longer than just your first trimester. Morning sickness can occur constantly, or certain things can set it off. Some smells can cause morning sickness in a lot of pregnant women.
It’s Difficult Not To Worry
You will probably worry more than you ever have in your entire life. It’s not uncommon to worry about things like labour and all of the changes ahead. You may feel especially anxious about your baby’s well-being. Fortunately, there is something that you can do to alleviate this particular worry. An ultrasound may be able to help. Many doctors have portable ultrasounds that they can use to see your baby. Ultrasounds are non-evasive, and they can be an effective tool to use to ease the fears that you have about the growth and development of your unborn child.
Some Of The Changes Are Gross
A lot of things that happen to your body during pregnancy won’t be pleasant. Your bowels might not be the same as they once were. You may deal with constipation and develop hemorrhoids. Skin issues are also common. That glowing skin you once had might disappear. Many pregnant women deal with acne. Excessive body hair is also common. You might also notice new moles popping up. While all of these issues are a normal part of pregnancy, it’s a good idea to mention them to your doctor.
Unexpected Things Will Stretch
You already know that your stomach will stretch during your pregnancy, but did you know that other areas of your body will as well? Surprisingly, feet can stretch quite a bit. It’s not uncommon for feet to grow as much as one size. Unfortunately, they don’t tend to shrink back once the baby is born. Your nose can get bigger as well. While annoying and slightly embarrassing, it will go back to normal once you start to lose some of the baby weight.
As you can see, there are a lot of things no one tells you about pregnancy. Unfortunately, many women are too embarrassed to talk about them. However, all of the issues mentioned above are completely normal. Just remember that all of these nuisances will be worth it once you welcome your new bundle of joy.
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