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4 Things you Didn't Know About Pregnancy

It is as hard as it is beautiful

BY Aisling O'Toole

May 12, 2022, 03:27 PM

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I remember the time that I discovered I was pregnant. The joy that overcame my heart and the warmth I felt was unexplainable. I even began to imagine myself pregnant and one too many times I found myself touching my flat tummy. I would stand by a mirror and caress my flat tummy trying to imagine how I would look with a baby bump.

What I didn’t know was that the journey ahead of me was the longest and toughest yet, but rewarding. The best thing about pregnancy, in my experience, is knowing that at the end of those 9 months, I would be holding my precious little princess or prince with overwhelming joy to the point that I may even cry. But before I got to that point, there was so much that I went through that I wish I knew I would. No one prepared me for that but that will not be the same case for you because I will tell you.

So here are 4 things I didn’t know about pregnancy and I wish I knew

First Trimester Can Seem Like The Longest 

My first trimester which is usually 3 months felt like 6 months for me. It was as if weeks were turning into months. I had the worst pregnancy symptoms. My nausea could not be cured with anti-nausea meds, my appetite was wanting, I hated fried food and would vomit from just a sniff of it and I just couldn’t get out of bed. I wasn’t lazy or on bed rest, no. I just couldn’t stop sleeping. I don’t know if I am the only one who has ever experienced this but I was so sleepy for the first three months. I would find myself sleeping all through the night till the next day at noon. And that was if someone woke me up. If I would have been alone in my house, I would have probably slept for two days straight and not even feel hungry because I had no appetite.

The Size Of Your Belly Will Depend On Your Height

During my pregnancy, my belly didn’t show until when I was 7 months along. I would tell someone that I am pregnant and they would not believe me. I guess that is a perk of being tall. It reached a point where my gynecologist got worried that my baby wasn’t developing well, but the scans differed and showed that she was actually thriving. The sad part was that I didn’t get to enjoy my baby bump as much. My friend, Regina, who is a lot shorter than me, shared her experience with me and showed me how big her baby bump was when she was just 3 months pregnant. So, if you are tall like me, you will only get to enjoy that bump for a short while, but if you are short like my friend Regina, you will get to enjoy your bump for the longest. 

If You Suffer From Heartburns, You Will Be Glad You Do

There is an old wives tale that says suffering from heartburns means you will give birth to a baby with a full head of hair. I count myself lucky because I am currently enjoying styling my baby girl's hair because we bond when I do it. I never minded the heart burns, because I knew it would totally be worth it.

Your Partner May Experience Pregnancy Symptoms

Sympathy pregnancy is real and men go through it. Imagine your partner going through the same symptoms as you are. At first I thought he was pretending, until I read an article that proved me wrong. When pregnant, your partner may experience nausea as you do, may gain weight and may even experience the same mood swings you are. It is strange I know, but don’t you think it takes the phrase ‘I understand what you are going through’ to another level?

All these things were new to me as a first time mom and I wish I knew before I got pregnant. It would have prepared me mentally most especially, and physically. However, this did not stop me even one bit from enjoying my whole pregnancy journey. I definitely loved the sleeping bit a lot because I would sleep and not worry about people judging me hahaha.