Pregnancy Changes You Weren’t Expecting

Pregnancy Changes You Weren’t Expecting

Girls, I’m not a huge fan of being pregnant. You may have gathered that from some other blog posts, or my Instagram posts and stories. This isn’t the case for everyone, and I certainly hope that you LOVE being pregnant. Because what your body is doing is completely amazing (and for that, I do love it). However…my own personal experience has come with some super strange, yet not uncommon, pregnancy changes!

So here they are, get ready to be WOWED! (Or disgusted, either way…)

Restless Leg Syndrome

OMG I HATE THIS. There’s nothing worse that RLS. I even got RLA (restless arm syndrome, if that’s a thing. It is for me!).


As if I needed more. When I was in high school I got this weird little vein on my thigh, and I used to put a bandaid over it during soccer practice because I was embarrassed by it. After my first pregnancy, I’d legitimately need my entire thighs covered in bandaids. I never wear shorts and this is why. I hate my legs.


I’ll have a side order of COTTAGE CHEESE with my veins please! I got MORE during pregnancy. The best thing though, is that I actually found a cure for it. NO LIE people, I started using this thing, and it SEVERELY diminished the appearance of my cellulite. I haven’t been using it now with my pregnancy, but I will start back up again once the baby is here. It’s the Ashley Black fascia blaster. Worth. Every. Penny. You have to use it consistently though.

Linea Negra

I thought I escaped this one. Nope. It showed up around 35 weeks for my during my first pregnancy. Oh, and by the way, they never tell you this, but IT TAKES A FEW MONTHS TO GO AWAY! By “a few” I mean I just found out I was pregnant with Baby #2, and it had JUST gone away. Just be prepared for it to hang around for a while. Yikes.

Skin Tags

Apparently these will go away after a while. This week I found one on my nipple. Of all places. I showed my doctor (yeah you never have any shame after the first pregnancy. Just whip your nipple out and show the doctor everything…they’ve seen it all anyway). I tried pulling it off (like an idiot), and it really hurt. She told me not to tamper with it, and that it would likely go away on its own; but apparently when you’re pregnant, your body’s hormones LOVE to make these things, and if you mess with them during pregnancy, they could come back even bigger. So of course I’m now petrified of the little minuscule nipple-tag I have, and am NOT MESSING WITH IT. And yes, I did just write a graphic paragraph about one of my nipples. #noshame

Butt Droop

Some girls keep exercising when they’re pregnant. I’m not one of those girls. My butt has turned into a saggy droop-fest. If you’re like me, just don’t look at your rear end directly in the mirror after 15 or so weeks of pregnancy. You’ll save yourself a minor breakdown.

Bleeding Gums

The other day I thought this was just because I had been flossing more. Which I haven’t actually been doing, so I realized it wasn’t that, it was my pregnancy gums being really sensitive! Thank you again, pregnancy!

Blurred Vision

Again, hormones rock at changing up your world. Luckily my eye doctor told me that things go back to normal after delivery, but if you’re breastfeeding, blurred vision can continue and don’t go back to normal until post-BF-ing.

Panti-liners ALL.DAY.EVERY.DAY

Pregnancy #1 I was surprised that I had to wear the very light panti-liners every day. Now with this second pregnancy? I’m wearing BLADDER CONTROL PADS. Given, they’re the lightest one, but still. Bladder. Control. Pads. All. Day. Every. Day. I just can’t even sometimes. I’ve gone from being semi-revolted to now being annoyed that I found some really good ones I love, and when I last went to Target they either changed the packaging or I bought the right ones…either way something is off and now I have 60 pads that are ok, but not my faaaavorite bladder control pads. Jeez. Either way, I do hope this goes away after my second pregnancy….

Ok, so now that I’ve completely freaked you out about some of the random and annoying side effects…

(there are more, these are just a lot of the issues I had with my first pregnancy, and currently have with this baby), here are a few that are amazing:

Amazing Hair

I didn’t have this. But maybe you will!

Glowing Skin

Again. Passed me up. Wah!

Bigger Boobs

Yep. They will also go away later on…sooooo yeah.

Eating for Two

Then you’ll have to lose it all later, because apparently you actually only “need” like an extra 200-300 calories or something like that. Which is basically the amount of a half a PB&J……..

The Feeling of your Baby Growing Inside You

Amazing. Priceless. Worth it ALL.

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  1. March 12, 2018 / 10:25 AM

    Awww, I really love this post! It reminded me of all the things that I am going to miss:-(….and most of these I didn’t have. What I hated was pelvic pain! The absolute worst!

    • Meredith
      March 13, 2018 / 9:08 PM

      Yeah it’s funny how you do kind of miss it after right?! Like right now I’m like omg I can’t wait to not be pregnant again…but I know there’s so much I’ll miss!!!

  2. March 12, 2018 / 10:35 AM

    OMG this is such a great list of the things no one talks about!!! Ugh. Pregnancy is so fun. haha And, it’s different for everyone, every single time! Luckily the kiddos are cute cute cute or else I dunno that anyone would do it!

    • Meredith
      March 13, 2018 / 9:08 PM

      Right?! The end result is fabulous 😉 But oh man I think I’ve got literally every “bad” thing! I know it could be worse so I really can’t complain, but still!!!

  3. Jesyka
    March 12, 2018 / 10:50 AM

    TRUTH! I got some skin tags and didn’t know what they were because I’ve never had them before. My hair hasn’t changed at all either 🙁 Honestly, walking and exercising helped me a lot with the restless leg syndrome and the pain from my veins! :*

    • Meredith
      March 13, 2018 / 9:07 PM

      Good to know for the veins!! Oh, pregnancy!! haha!

  4. March 13, 2018 / 9:00 AM

    Oh my gosh! I had most of these during both of my pregnancies! I never had an amazing hair and glowing skin but I did have all of those not-so-pleasant changes. LOL!

    Belle |

    • Meredith
      March 13, 2018 / 9:07 PM

      Yup I think I’ve got all the “bad” things! LOL!

  5. Autumn
    March 14, 2018 / 8:12 AM

    I definitely miss feeling the butterfly flutters when my babies moved around inside me. Didn’t necessarily enjoy all of the other stuff. Swelling of the feet was awful.

    • Meredith
      March 14, 2018 / 9:05 PM

      Yeah that’s the best, feeling them move around!!!

  6. March 15, 2018 / 10:44 PM

    oh, and stretch marks!! I do agree that restless leg syndrome is the worst. I was so, so, so ready to be rid of it, i can’t believe that others suffer with it all the time!

    • Meredith
      March 19, 2018 / 9:51 PM

      Oh yeah, I know it’s awful right?!

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