OK so I have a bone to pick !
Ever since I got pregnant I have been hyper sensitive to all you negative nellies. Most of the pregnancy books I read are negative and even the blogs on pregnancy are starting to grate on my nerves. This blog post (10 things they didn't tell you before getting pregnant) I read yesterday put me over the edge so I'm going to set it straight for all you future preggers out there.
This is the list (see below) from aforementioned blog. It has been modified for my own sanity and MY comments are in brackets.
- When you sneeze you will pee your pants – well… at least once a day. Get used to carrying around a second pair of pants, underwear, and buy stock in pantie liners. (Not true! I am 8 months pregnant and have yet to pee myself, maybe if you've had 3 or 4 kids but come on that's what kegel exercises are for!)
- Get used to carrying around a plastic bag of some type. For what you ask? Barf. (I haven't even thought to pack a plastic bag, I've felt nauseous, like really nauseous, but the bag thing isn't necessary. Instead I suggest you carry a supply of ginger chews and water.)
- Invest in tissues – You will be doing a lot of crying. Even at simple things like car insurance commercials, and it sneaks up on you! (I have yet to cry for a lame reason, I think I've cried a few times during this pregnancy but they were either due to an argument or because I was feeling unwell.)
- You won’t poop normally till you give birth – I am not kidding. I think the worst part of pregnancy altogether is the horrible constipation. (I've never been more regular (I know TMI) so eat your fibre future preggers and you'll be fine.)
- Prenatal vitamins are the devil – these giant size horse pills just may send you over the gagging edge. (Ya they're big but so what?! Crush them up or just deal with it, they're providing you with the vitamins and minerals that you're growing baby needs. I take PregVit and haven't had an issue with them at all.)
- You will feel like a pin cushion by the end – No joke! I got my blood drawn no less than 10 times. I didn’t think I was going to actually have any blood left by the end of it. (Oh please! It's not that big of a deal.)
- The Heartburn will fry your esophagus. (I've had my share of heartburn, ya it sucks but just take a few Tums or Rolaids and go to bed if it's night time and if you're suffering during the day sip on some ginger ale.)
- Just when you think that baby is going to come… you wait some more! Due dates are inaccurate. (Thanks captain obvious! So why dwell on it? The average woman delivers between 7 and 10 days after her due date.)
- Sleep issues galore! – The only thing you are going to want to do in the first, and third trimesters is sleep. Unfortunately for you most of the time in the first trimester you won’t actually sleep like your body is telling you to, and in the third trimester you won’t be able to get comfortable enough to get a really good nights sleep. (My advice: sleep as much as possible in the first trimester, that's the only way you'll feel better and re: the third trimester I've been sleeping like a baby and I'm a stomach sleeper, you adapt.)
- The appointments – You will have so many, you will need a personal assistant to keep them all straight. (Oh boo hoo. I love going to the appointments! Hearing that heartbeat and having 5-10 minutes of attention is awesome!)
So there! I'm sorry this post was lengthy but honestly being pregnant is not that bad. It's the most amazing time of your life and ya it comes with some unpleasantness but come on, you have a living person inside of you, that you created!