Here are a few things that I have been surprised to learn while pregnant:
Not all symptoms happen to you. I didn't have sore breast, nausea, or vomiting . While that can be awesome for some people, when you've dealt with infertility an absence of symptoms can be slightly scary.
You can break a pregnancy test if you give it too much pee. Pee in a cup or limit the peeing to 5 seconds. Your test doesn't need all you've got to give.
Sometimes you won't feel pregnant. Especially if you lack the symptoms above. I've only just begun feeling pregnant all the time but I still have a few days where I get out of bed and feel normal - with a bump.
Your breast are pregnant too. They will experience various changes I rather not mention. Just know that blue veins are just the beginning.
You could be out of breath long before you ever show. Shortness of breath and heart palpitations were one of my first signs of pregnancy. It was kind of scary I thought my body was breaking down because it was trying so hard to get pregnant.
I've always thought cravings were an excuse to indulge in bad foods. I've quickly learned that everything including your taste buds change when pregnant, some food is better than none at all.
That "pregnant glow" is accomplished by a combination of day and night time sweating.
The unwanted advice starts rolling in the minute you pee on the stick. Sift through it or tune it out - do your research but don't let anyone make decisions for you.
Your spouse may or may not experience his own symptoms. You may find it cute or annoying but if he needs more attention show him some grace.
Seeing a nutritionist during pregnancy is helpful especially if you have morning sickness or experience food aversions. It can also be helpful if you are trying to continue a vegan diet or carrying multiples.
People are fascinated by pregnant women. If you get asked dumb questions just try to laugh it off most people are genuinely interested, even men.
Leg cramps are terrifying. Point your toes up towards your knee instead of down when stretching in bed. Also calcium and magnesium comes in handy to help avoid them.
You may have graduated in the top 5% of your class but pregnancy brain can humble you - I promise!
Pregnancy after infertility is just a milestone. Your worry doesn't end there you will have new concerns for your child for 18+ years. So if you're curious, no it never gets easier!
Say goodbye to wine, warm prune juice is now your night cap.
Orgasms are possible in your sleep. Yeah I know this is TMI but before you think you're some type of weirdo know it happens to good Christian folk like me! Lol! They joys of pregnancy.
You'll try your best to be attractive and super graceful. However you should know that a lot happens during pregnancy where "air" is concerned.
Baby kicks are awesome but the minute they stop kicking you have a whole other reason to panic.
Babies start barging in on your sex life long before they are born. Little kicks may happen at inappropriate times. You can either let them stop the show or put the little munchkin to sleep, if you get my drift.
Ive still got 15 more weeks left of this pregnancy and much more to learn. I thought sharing some of this would be fun and informative for those of you who are in the early days of expecting or still waiting on your miracle.
How far along? 25 weeks today.
Babies are the size of: A Cauliflower both babies are weighing in like a singleton. Punchkin is 1lb 8oz and Munchkin is 1lb 12oz.
Total weight gain: I've requested not to know. I'm eating healthy and believing my body will gain what it needs to feed our babies.
Maternity clothes? Yes.
Stretch marks? None.
Sleep: An hour or two between trips to the loo!
Exercise: What's that?
Miss Anything: A full nights sleep.
Movement: Yes, constant baby judo and tidal waves.
Food cravings: strawberries and waffles! Not together.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week.
Belly Button In or Out: In but definitely flattening.
Rings On or Off: On.
Labor Signs: Pesky Braxton Hicks have started.
Happy or Moody most of the time: That depends on if I'm hot, hungry or sleepy.
Looking forward to: Meeting with a doula. Eek!