Post # 1
before you got preggers.
Being in the first trimester, I thought to start a thread sharing information with us newbies or other TTC future mommies out there. To those who are pregnant or have had kids already, what are some things you wish you had known about pregnancy before #1 came along?
Here are a few things that have surprised me and I’m only five weeks:
-Gas- oh my lord. I didn’t realize my digestive system would be so chalk full of it so early on. 😛 I used to be embarrased by such things, now I have no shame.
-How easy it is to be out of breath- I had great intentions of walking every day while pregnant, hoping to keep in shape and keep active. Lately though it’s been way harder than I thought it’d be simply because I’m tired more easily and out of breath a lot. Apparently the hormone progeterone changes the way the oxygen in your body is absorbed?… anyway, I had no idea how hard it would be to take a 15 minute walk every day. Some days it just doesn’t happen.
-Bloat- it’s never too early to start thinking maternity. I wish I had taken advantage of earlier sales on leggings, looser tops, etc. I have been really bloated since conception and can no longer fit into my jeans even though there is technically no baby bump. I have a feeling by the time it goes away there will be a bump in it’s place so I might as well look for bigger clothes now.
Post # 3
Exhaustion: I wish I’d really known how tired I was going to get. And that magic burst of energy in the second trimester? Yeah, they make it sound better than it is, at least in my case. Sure, I felt better, but it wasn’t like I could go tearing around and exercise like I used to. I think a lot of women end up having to slow down a bit.
Moods: Not every woman is the glowing Mother Earth during pregnancy. I was pissed off, emotional, freaked out and much more. It’s normal. And post-pregnancy is just a carnival of hormones and emotions. I wish I’d known more about that.
Rashes and skin changes: My skin went crazy during my first pregnancy. I fought something akin to a heat rash the entire time. The odd thing is that I’m now 16 weeks with my second, and there is no sign of it (not that I’m complaining).
Weird pains: I got so many weird pains and cramps during my first pregnancy. Sometimes it felt like my uterus was going to fall out, and other times it felt like I’d pulled a muscle in a place where I didn’t think there was one.
The biggie: I think that until you deliver and make it through the post-partum period, you don’t realize how different pregnancy has made you feel for all those months. I mean, you feel fine, for the most part, but you don’t really feel like yourself! Then, when you’re past it and back to some sense of normalcy, you think: ‘Wow, who was that person? It feels so great to be me again!’
Post # 4
My advice is a little bit contradictory to your last point lol! I rushed to get into maternity clothes with my first but when I hit about 8 months I was so sick of them! I mean you need to be comfy obviously but buy jeans in a bigger size (you will need them for a few months post baby most likely!) rather than going straight to elastic waistbands. I have 2 kids and the second time around I wore my bigger size pants until I really had a baby bump. Just my 2 cents! Also, as miserable as being pregnant can get it doesn’t really last forever, I wish I could have enjoyed it more and taken more bump pictures.
Post # 5
Feeling huge – starting out at a low weight and putting on weight, I just feel big. I am 32 weeks and have gained 8 pounds.
Moody- not so much anymore but def my first two trimesters.
Food- at first I didn’t eat much but now I feel like I am always hungry.