Five Things That Have Surprised Me About Pregnancy
Being pregnant is pretty awesome, scary, fun and… strange all at the same time. Truth be told, there was a long period in my life when I didn’t think I’d ever be a mom. At one point I didn’t think I wanted kids at all. At another point I wanted kids, but the thought of being pregnant terrified me.
Things started to change when I met Brian, and the baby bug really began to bite around the time I turned 30. Now I am 32 years old, 15 weeks pregnant, and totally in awe of this whole experience.
Going into this, I knew some things were givens: my parents would be ecstatic (they are), complete strangers would have opinions about our name choices (they do), people would go into graphic details about their labors and deliveries (they have), and I would be paranoid about every ache, pain, or other strange feeling I had (I am).
But then there are the things that have really taken me by surprise. Here are 5 things I was either a little or completely unprepared for about pregnancy:
1) I don’t really have any weird food cravings. I never actually thought I’d be sending Brian out at 2:00 a.m. for a pickles and ice cream run, but I guess I thought there would be some strange foods I could not live without. Instead, I find that I have major food aversions, even to things I normally love.
For instance, I’ve have no desire for my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream at the homemade ice cream shop near our house. And I have found myself in an all-out dry heave by just walking past the rotisserie chicken display at the supermarket. If I do find myself craving something, it usually only lasts for a day or two – after that, the thought of that food tends to turn me off.
2) I’m not into baby books. I’d always pictured myself with a book propped on my belly, reading in bed just before I fell asleep, but now that I’m pregnant I haven’t picked up one pregnancy or baby book. I think this is because I don’t want to be reading about things I should be feeling or noticing at a certain time in my pregnancy, and find myself panicking because I’m not feeling or noticing those things.
It might have been different if I were pregnant before online pregnancy boards were so readily available, though. I just prefer to head to those boards when I have a question about something related to where I am in my pregnancy, and usually that helps.
3) I’m not obsessed with Pinterest. I thought I’d have about 20 different pregnancy/baby/nursery boards going by this time, but I really haven’t been spending much time on the site lately. As far as the baby’s nursery goes, I’ve decided to take a pretty laid-back approach.
The room we’ll use is already painted a pretty light grey color, so we’re just going to keep the color as is, and then decorate it for a boy or a girl when we find out what we’re having next month. It’ll be simple and sweet and lovely. I’m not going crazy about themes or patterns or textures, like I figured I would. I find I just don’t need that stress right now!
4) Being pregnant makes you feel sick and tired. Okay, this one is not a complete surprise – I knew all about the possibility of morning sickness – but the extent of it has really thrown me for a loop. I used to pride myself on the fact that I could pretty much count on one hand the number of times in my life I’ve gotten physically ill (you know what I’m talking about).
But this pregnancy has made me completely lose count. I had some nausea – and not just in the morning – for the first few weeks after I found out that I was pregnant. Then it went away for a few weeks, so I thought it was over. Nope. It came back with a vengeance and brought along vomiting, migraines and extreme exhaustion. I did get some anti-nausea medication from my OB, which has helped, but I continue to carry around a little bag in my purse just in case.
5) Brian likes to share things with people. Things like how I’m feeling, that is. Brian isn’t exactly known to be the most chatty guy, but apparently he likes to blab about my pregnancy! It seems like everyone I run into asks me how I’m feeling, and follows it up with, “Brian says you’ve felt really sick.” I don’t mind it, it just surprises me. Actually, I find it cute and am glad that he cares!
So tell me, do you remember anything you found surprising when you were pregnant?