There seemed to be several things about pregnancy that people either didn’t tell me or that I just couldn’t understand the complexity of until I experienced it. Now I am sharing what I think are the five craziest things about pregnancy, in reverse order five to one:
5. Your hormones are seriously out of control
I would go from the happiest woman alive, to irate as a result of my husband leaving his socks on the floor, then sobbing over some sappy television commercial. And all of this could easily happen within 15 minutes. Don’t try to understand it, just accept it. (By the way, this hormone issue will most likely continue throughout breastfeeding and even once you stop breastfeeding. You can read my other articles about this subject through the following EmpowHER links: http://www.empowher.com/parenting/content/end-breastfeeding-depression-after-weaning http://www.empowher.com/reproductive-system/content/something-you-may-not-know-about-breastfeeding-depression-after-weaning
4. The biggest miracle (and most unbelievable thing) is to feel your baby move inside your body
I can honestly say that I truly missed this after my children were born. It is the most extraordinary thing that I have ever been blessed enough to experience. To feel them kick, hiccup, and flutter around inside your body makes you undoubtedly aware that you are experiencing a miracle. Words cannot describe what it feels like to grow a person.
3. You are not just tired, you are exhausted
Your body is so fatigued from the job of developing your child that sleep is demanded. I would fall fast asleep the minute that I got home from work, sitting upright on the couch. Some nights, I went to bed at 8:30, feeling more like a child or an 80-year-old woman. When I was able to take naps, they were the best part of my day. Nothing was more important to me than rest. Not food (although this was a close second) and not shopping for new baby stuff. When you are pregnant, sleep is the most precious commodity.
2. Morning sickness, it’s for real people!
Ever been so sick that you can’t eat anything but saltines and gingersnaps for weeks?