A personal experience
Growing a human is really hard work and if you’re anything like me, you didn’t know what to expect during pregnancy. Sure, you’ve heard stories and understand the process, but you can’t fully comprehend it until you experience it. Pregnancy is different for everybody; it has its ups and downs.
Now would it have changed my mind about becoming pregnant? Absolutely not! I would never change a single ache or pain for what I’m about to bring into this world shortly. He has already stolen my heart and I haven’t even met him yet. But, often I think to myself, “My body does what?! Nobody ever told me that!”
It’s not all bad. When I look down at my round belly I’m filled with a joy I’ve never felt before, my little kicking and punching creation reminds me how excited I am to be a mom. But, all I see is my face swelling and every other body part seems to be racing to match it. However, I must look back and laugh and enjoy the ride. The body does an amazing thing – and while it may be weird as you go through it – there are experiences that seem quite humorous.
As beautiful as it can be, some experiences women face in pregnancy are not so glamorous. As each week passes by, it seems you’ve gained a new symptom to add to the growing list.
- Growing pains – Whether it’s back pain, or your hips and round ligament pain, any time of day you may experience little annoying aches to pains that will bring you to your knees. Hold on ladies, it won’t last long.
- Expanding hips – They really grow that much, huh?!
- Acne – The clear skin thing and that glow? I’m not convinced. I skipped that part the moment I entered the 2nd trimester. Chest, back or facial hairline… acne doesn’t discriminate. Thanks hormones. Some of you may “glow,” but others of you may resort to prescription creams from your doctor.
- Kicking and movements – This is one of the most magical things I’ve experienced. It is very exciting to feel your little one move. Now most of the time this is great, except for that kickboxing class that starts at 3 a.m. followed by a later session at 7:30 a.m. I wonder if counting kicks is the same as counting sheep?
- Stretch marks – You can buy all the fancy, expensive creams and lotions but it’s inevitable, they will appear. Thankfully for most, they will fade!
- Gas – If you must know, it was the baby.
- Bleeding gums – Try flossing? It’s like a war zone!
- Morning sickness – We’ve all heard of it and expect it. But it should really be called 24/7 sickness. Oh, and let’s not forget, it can last for 15 weeks! But don’t worry, it too will pass and you’ll forget how terrible you felt.
- “The walk” – As you start to grow you will notice your walk change, and by walk I mean waddle. And getting out of bed? You’re probably feeling like a turtle on its back trying to roll over.
- Acid reflux and heartburn – Grab the tums. It happens, any time of day and any time of night.
- Putting on your socks and shoes – This becomes an experience that will make you feel like a gymnast or possibly like a T-Rex. Those arms are not about to reach that far. There is no easy way once that belly has grown nice and round. And if something drops on the floor, it no longer exists to me.
- Bathroom breaks – Well, it is no secret that you will be visiting the ladies room a little more often. Having a nightlife now means getting up to pee five times a night.
- Nesting – This has only just begun for me, and I’m actually looking forward to it! It’s time to go, go, go and to get ready for baby! Mamas-to-be will start finding burst of energy, preparing themselves by cleaning, organizing and prepping for the arrival. Nesting can become quite a calming experience.
- Strangers’ comments – “Why yes, I’m positive there is just one in there…” among other responses I wish I could say to the many rude comments I get.
- Hormones – The overwhelming emotions didn’t hit me until the 3rd trimester. In my opinion, I’m not that bad. However, certain topics will tend to get me teary-eyed and it’s just downhill from there!
Pregnancy is the most wonderful, miserable, exciting, freaky, thrilling, full of questions like “it does what?!” roller coaster ride of your life and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. It is a journey unlike any other. Next stop, motherhood!
Melissa Dowrick is a MSU graduate, M3 Group event planner and a dog mom of two. She loves fashion and fall is her favorite season. She embraces all the good things because life is too short to be unhappy!