Warning: some of this (okay, MOST) is probably TMI. Today I’m sharing some surprising things I’ve encountered during my pregnancy so far. Maybe everyone else knew these things were going to happen but for me, no matter how much reading or “preparation” or research I did for pregnancy, some things still came as quick a shock.
1. Pregnancy brain is no joke. I kind of thought pregnancy brain was just an excuse for pregnant women to “forget” things and get away with it. Yeah…no. I was just having a conversation with a pregnant coworker and after about a minute of silence I asked her “What were we just talking about?” to which she replied “I have no idea.” It was pretty comical but really sums it up quite nicely.
2. All. The. Emotions. Holy hormones, batman. From simply seeing a cute sign for our baby’s nursery to watching a Subaru commercial, I’m an emotional mess. Although, lucky for Marc, aside from one major meltdown, I haven’t had any hormonal rages that were directed towards him or anyone else. I’ve just been a big sappy cry baby, and I can’t help it!
3. Some days I feel cute. Some days I don’t. I kind of figured it would go one way or the other. Either I was going to be someone who loved being pregnant, or someone who didn’t love it. But really, every day is different. Sometimes I feel like my butt is growing more than my belly, and others I feel like I can pull off a pregnancy outfit pretty well. But most of the time I just live in yoga pants and a stretchy t-shirt.
4. How hard exercise is. As a marathon runner, yogi, and overall fitness enthusiast, I kind of thought I had pregnancy fitness in the bag. Ha! Right. While some days I can make it through a Body Pump class with no problem, other days I can barely run longer than 5 minutes at a time. Though, the running issues are mainly due to my bladder and the quality of my workout clothes (see #5). I also feel much less balanced in yoga and simple poses are much more fatiguing than they used to be, but my hips feel so much better if I practice regularly so I’m trying to stay consistent with it.
5. My chest. I knew boobs got bigger during pregnancy, but I assumed it was more towards the end when they were getting ready to be “productive.” BUT, fun fact that we learned in our child birthing class last night: women are ready to produce milk as early as the second trimester. Which explains the fact that at the start of my second trimester I only had the two bras that fit me and they’re the ones I had recently bought. Along the same lines, my strappy yoga tanks with the built in bra are no longer acceptable for me to wear while running (ouch), during spin class (ouch and too much cleavage), and they’re even pushing it for yoga (too much bending over/possibility of falling out). Needless to say, sports bras are a must for workouts these days.
6. Not being able to drink wine doesn’t get any easier throughout pregnancy. I really hate admitting this because it sounds bad but I just really still miss wine. For some reason I thought giving up alcohol wouldn’t be that hard since one: I don’t drink THAT often, and two: I know it’s what’s best for the baby. But MAN some nights I just want a glass of wine! I can’t be the only one like this, right? Right?!
7. How hard it is to put a baby registry together. I mean, does any new parent REALLY know what they need? Who knows what kind of bottle will be the most successful, if cloth diapers will work for us, or if our baby will prefer the Rockaroo or Mamaroo (or none of the above!)? (p.s. any advice is appreciated!!)
8. How rude people can be sometimes. Seriously, even “Minnesota nice” won’t stop people from telling me “Oh, girls are way better than boys” or randomly touching my belly (this happened with a complete stranger.) One guy even came up to me at the gym and told me it was a good thing I’m working out because his wife never lost the baby weight. Rude. It’s like having a baby bump is an open invitation for everybody’s opinion and advice. No gracias.
9. How much I would actually love this little guy before I even meet him. I was worried that I wouldn’t feel bonded to our baby until after he was born, but every day I love him more and cannot wait to see what all these movements he’s doing look like in real life. I’m pretty sure my heart is going to explode when I get to see and hold him for the first time. Oh, here I go again. Does anyone have a tissue?
10. How fun it is. No, really! I think this also might be because I have a lot of friends and coworkers who are also pregnant right now, so it’s really fun talking about our cravings, our symptoms (who else is better to complain about constipation than someone else who is constipated?), our wardrobe troubles, and all of the tips and advice we’ve received from other friends. I think if I had been pregnant a year ago, this might be a different case, but even without a ton of preggo friends, it is just so incredible to see your body changing and growing a human being.
So that’s it! My 10 surprising things about pregnancy so far. If you are or have been pregnant, what were some things that surprised you?