50 Things No One Told Me About Being Pregnant
When you’re pregnant, you’ll receive tips and advice from your family, friends, and even random strangers at the grocery store. With advice being hurled at you from all directions, you would think you know everything under the sun about pregnancy and childbirth.
In reality, there are plenty of things no one tells you about pregnancy. People like to cast pregnancy in glowing terms. And while much of it is downright miraculous, they’re not telling you the whole story.
Let’s take a truly honest look at pregnancy: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are 50 things no one told me about being pregnant.
1. You will be extremely gassy.
Yes, let’s start the list off with a little TMI. Maybe most women simply don’t want to discuss the fact that they felt a constant need to let one rip during pregnancy, but it’s the truth.
For me, it was one of the earliest symptoms too, seemingly starting around the time of conception. Maybe it has something to do with the frequent constipation—another fun pregnancy symptom.
2. You can leak milk before giving birth.
Don’t be alarmed if your breasts begin leaking milk during your pregnancy, even pretty early on. It’s perfectly normal, although it feels a bit strange.
If you leak heavily or it starts to bother you, you can put some tissue in your bra or purchase maternity breast pads.
3. As tempting as it is, don’t eat whatever you want.
“Don’t worry about it, you’re eating for two!” they say. It’s incredibly easy to give into temptation—and follow the well-meaning advice of others—when it comes to eating while pregnant.
But don’t indulge every craving, or you’ll eat entire cheese pizzas before you can stop yourself. Remember that your baby eats what you eat, and that the more weight you gain, the more difficult it is to lose after birth.
4. Google is not the answer.
You’ll have all kinds of questions about what’s okay to eat, what’s okay to do, and what’s normal during pregnancy. You may feel tempted to seek answers via a quick Google search. Don’t.
Not only is the Internet filled with information that isn’t exactly true, but you’ll likely come away from a Google search thinking that you’ve already made a terrible mistake. Just call your doctor, and don’t worry about being obnoxious—doctors are used to crazy pregnant ladies.
5. Fear of the unknown is the worst.
You may feel a sense of anxiety during pregnancy, like there are a million things to do and you have no idea how to do any of them. Seeking information and completing items on your checklist will make you feel much better.
Go to Lamaze class and/or read books about pregnancy and parenting, even if you don’t end up using all of the information. Doing literally anything to prepare for the baby will make you feel more capable and confident.
6. Watching childbirth videos is not a good idea.
On the other hand, there is some information you definitely shouldn’t seek. You may tell yourself you’re conducting research or getting mentally prepared, but don’t watch videos of childbirth.
You’ll end up being more scared or anxious than before. Plus, no matter how much you feel like you won’t know what to do during the birth, your body will. It all comes naturally, so there’s no need to torture yourself with unpleasant visuals.