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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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:
I didn’t have this. But maybe you will!
Again. Passed me up. Wah!
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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