Since the beginning of time, women have been told that giving birth to a new life is the most wonderful thing in the world. But once pregnant, you realize there are a lot of aspects that no one has ever thought to mention to you before… So to cut to the chase, here are some of the not-so-pleasant truths behind pregnancy:
1. Peeing your pants
While pregnant, the urge to urinate increases 10-fold. You will wake up countless times during the night to go to the toilet, only to release the smallest amount of urine — hardly worth getting out of bed for. As your uterus grows, it pushes against your bladder for the whole nine months. You literally feel like going to the toilet ALL THE TIME. Not only that, you may just pee your pants every now and then when coughing, laughing or sneezing. This is due to the pressure of your uterus on your bladder as well as weak pelvic floor muscles.
2. You’ll be extremely constipated
Being constipated is all part and parcel of being pregnant. Prunes may indeed become your best friend. Progesterone, a pregnancy hormone, slows down bowel movements, while the ever-growing uterus puts pressure on your rectum.
3. You’ll fart a lot and I mean a lot
Every pregnant woman gets gassy! Again it’s because of the hormonal surge that slows down your gastrointestinal tract.
4. Your emotions and libido will run wild
Ups and downs — one minute you’ll feel like crying, the next you’ll be laughing out loud. Something not only you find hard to deal with but your partner too. Thinking about sex and having unusually erotic dreams are quite the norm during pregnancy.
5. Outbreaks and acne
While your hair and nails have never been healthier, your skin will suffer. Due to the peak in hormones, you may have outbreaks and acne crises.
6. Aging body
Your body may feel like it’s aged 30 years. Sciatica, headaches, back pain, foot cramps are just some of the frequent unpleasantnesses of pregnancy. There is only one solution: be patient.
7. You’ll dribble
Yes, dribble. Just like a baby. The medical name for it is hypersalivation, when you salivate so much you’ll dribble uncontrollably.
8. You’ll become hairy
We mentioned earlier that your hair will look magnificent. This is because everything grows during pregnancy, including bodily hair. Yep, for nine months you’ll become quite the Wookie.
9. You’ll sniff a lot
And not only because you sob for no reason, but also because pregnant women often have runny noses due to the hormone imbalance.
10. You’ll need half a shoe size bigger
The fact that you stack on the pounds is common knowledge, but did you know that a lot of women need half a shoe size bigger during pregnancy? In fact, some women never revert back to their old size. As the arch of your foot caves in, your feet get wider. That’s without taking into consideration how swollen your feet get with all the water retention in your body.
Needless to say, all of these minor details are quickly forgotten when you finally give birth and hold your child in your arms for the first time, or at the very latest when it smiles back at you! But at least none of these things will come as a surprise to you now that you are better informed.