Things I'd Forgotten that Suck About Being Pregnant
When I first found out I was pregnant again it was a bit of a surprise. A really, super happy surprise, but a surprise nonetheless. After getting over the shock I started doing what most people do and imagining what this new little person would be like and how our life was going to change. And then little things started to pop in to my head. Things that suck about being pregnant.
Rhinitis. I've always had shitty sinus issues (thanks Mum!), sinusitis is a common issue in winter, but I totally forgot about the fact that for most of my pregnancy with Mia I had a severely stuffy nose, like chronically bad hayfever, and by the end was seriously struggling to breathe through all the crap blocking my nose. This is probably one of the worst things about being pregnant for me.
I mentioned this on facebook and asked what things people had forgotten about, that had then smacked them in the face the second or subsequent time on the pregnancy roller-coaster. The answers reminded me of even more things I'd forgotten!
Don't get me wrong, I am incredibly happy and grateful to be pregnant, especially in light of the struggles that many people go through to get pregnant themselves. But any pregnant woman, whether they struggled to become so or not, would be lying if they said there weren't a few sucky things about being in the family way. Not that you would change it for anything in the world, its all for a good cause in the end, but there certainly are some not-so-great things about being pregnant.
Like all the things you can't eat...
Soft cheese - oh how I love me some Brie!
Pate - despite what others think of it, I have a massive weakness for salmon pate
Ham - is there any greater or more versatile meat? Aside from bacon that is, which is essentially the same thing I guess so the answer is definitely HELL NO!!!
Soft serve ice-cream - it wasn't until after I was pregnant again that I suddenly realised (and of course started craving) that I had had exactly one chocolate sundae from Maccas since having Mia, and that was the night after she was born, which resulted in a massive sugar high after not having had anything so sweet for over three months thanks to my gestational diabetes. Thanks Kelly, you are the best! And I would like another one after this child has been born. With a side of small fires to dip into it too. Thanks!
Alcohol - while strictly not a food its still a banned substance, and after finally convincing Dave of the joys of Moscato we had been enjoying trying every type and brand we could find on a Friday evening.
And then there are the other things, like no spas and saunas, which I remembered while basking in a particularly hot shower one night.
Swollen feet. My God, the swollen feet. People were actually a little scared of how swollen my feet were by the end! Heck, I was scared, those bitches be HUUUUUUUUGE!!!
|Scary huh?!? Fucking elephant feet!|
Excessive hair growth. While the lovely hair on my head was one of the awesome things about being pregnant, the extra hair that started growing on my face was not so much. Seriously, my sideburns would have given 70s man a run for his money!
Pimples! What the fuck?!?!?! Having been one of those lucky enough to have pretty awesome skin most of my life and less than the occasional pimple as a teenager, I guess it was only inevitable that I would be one of the unlucky ones whose skin breaks out the minute that pesky little sperm sticks its nosy head in my egg. In fact, apart from the return of my super-smell, the break-out on my chin was the other thing that tipped me off to the fact that I was indeed pregnant before I'd even bought a test!
|Seriously worried that I may|
have to shave this time around!
Like Housewife in Heels, whose theory is sound - "I forgot how debilitating morning sickness was. I think we're wired to forget how bad these things are, otherwise there'd be a population crisis." Yep, that's also why we forget about the pain of labour and childbirth!
And Cate, who reminded me - "I had forgotten about the advice vultures - those who have something to say about everything, even when they really know nothing, especially about your situation." Oh yes, they are vultures of the worst kind!
But never fear, its not all sucky things on my mind. There certainly are awesome things about pregnancy that I had forgotten, but I will save those up for another post. Today its all about the suckiness. Sorry.
Have you got anything to add to this list? What did you find suckiest about being pregnant? Or for the boys playing along at home, what did you find suckiest about your partner being pregnant (play nice!).
Linking this post up with the ever awesome Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday.
Hey I just installed disqus. Or rather, tried to. Probably shitty timing considering I JUST posted? Ah well. Fingers crossed.
And you have yourself a Sundae deal!
I was introduced to this wonderful concept when I walked into the GP's office and was promptly informed that as I was deemed too "high risk" I couldn't give birth at my local hospital.. 10 minutes away... No, I was going to need to travel well over half an hour due to bureaucracy. Who knows I may not have accidentally ended up giving birth at home if I knew I only had a 10 min trip ahead of me. It was underlined when I was not allowed to see anything lower than a registrar, with every single appointment having a results screw up of some kind(then being treated like a hysterical pregnant person for choosing to check up that the results for my next appointment had actually arrived when I had to that point had 7 separate results go astray.. with a complete refusal to actually do anything when the results were not in the system as received cause "they might be on the registrar's desk" NUP , until after 30 weeks as I wended my way through 3 pretty darn perfect " full glucose tolerance tests". if it's tedious once imagine spending 9 hrs in the pathology office. It then ended with Pediatrics refusing to let us leave for 3 days basically because I couldn't get help with breastfeeding cause it was deemed that the hospital lactation consultant's were not required between Christmas and new year ... Yeah, Uh, WHY.
What can I say but I would have to think long and hard before I put myself and my baby through that the stress that system caused me again.
Ai @ Sakura Haruka
And strangely, my feet didn't swell up until post-birth. Just as I thought I got away with it, they went all elephant on me!
Anyway, THAT was my main annoyance in pregnancy - people telling me I couldn't eat X and Y! So yeah, I think I got it pretty good in that sense!
I am with you on the feet thing - but woah. My feet did not swell up as much as yours did! The really bad thing that happened though was that they grew a size (I was already an 11, now I just don't have shoes that fit...) and they NEVER GREW BACK. I seriously still have massive feet and it is all Lior's fault. haha!
Also, I was not very pregnancy fashion savvy, so I wore singlet tops, and massive skirts over my belly the whole time. Must change that next time round...
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I love this post by the way. Some things I remember sucking about pregnancy were no soft cheese, no sushi, heartburn, morning sickness in the first trimester when you can't tell anyone, the constant underlying anxiety that makes you pray your baby is healthy and safe.
Hope you're feeling well!
I am so hoping that my feet won't swell that bad but judging by the fact that on these hot days I am already starting to get swollen fingers I'm not holding my breath. Although the last of this pregnancy will be in cold winter weather so who knows?
Dave is rather annoyed about the sushi thing as he has only just discovered it and now we can't have it as a dinner treat!
During my last pregnancy I developed sleep apnea and had really bad ulcers on my tongue..??!!
So weird!? xo
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