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Things they don't tell you before you get pregnant

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AnguaVonUberwald Fri 12-Sep-08 11:51:41

I know this has been done before, and that there are lots of bad things they don't tell you before you get pregnant.

But also, everyone goes on about how once you have the baby your life will never be the same again - they don't mention that you will love the baby so much, you will really like the new way, and not mind that everything you once enjoyed about your life has changed, because you have your baby instead.

OK, and then there is:

That you might never get the second trimester energy rush, and in fact might be exhausted all the way through!

That you will get instant attention from the NHS, until you get to 36 weeks pregnant, and then they will ignore you unless you can prove you are in labour (something that is impossible to do)

That you will never see the same midwife twice

That they will make you take home your wee, clean out the tub, and wee in it again a month later!

expatinscotland Fri 12-Sep-08 11:52:35


no one ever tells you about piles.

HeadFairy Fri 12-Sep-08 11:52:52

That it is possible to feel hungry and sick at the same time

AnguaVonUberwald Fri 12-Sep-08 11:53:22

People pretend that you will get your body back afterwards!!!

misdee Fri 12-Sep-08 11:53:54

that its impossible to get comfortable once baby reaches your rib cage

cyteen Fri 12-Sep-08 11:53:58

that you will get a hairy belly

Tinkerisdead Fri 12-Sep-08 11:58:27

That you will get sinusitis due to inflammed blood vessels and you spend ages trying to find suitable hayfever medicines for months,posting on MN for remedies etc even when the pollen count is low! then you decide to read your pregnancy book and oooohhhhhhhh, its not hayfever or a cold!

AnguaVonUberwald Fri 12-Sep-08 11:58:48

That you will get stretch marks on your breasts

ellideb Fri 12-Sep-08 11:58:59

That your fanjo becomes engorged, hot, achy and sore and the only thing that will bring relief is a cool pack from the fridge.

That you sweat more then usual.

That the skin on your bump becomes so stretched and tight it turns shiny and loses its sensation so it feels numb, yet still itches hmm

MrsMattie Fri 12-Sep-08 12:03:23

That all maternity clothes are minging.
That they don't make decent maternity coats.
That your whole life may become dominated by your bladder.

Cosmogirl Fri 12-Sep-08 12:15:18

How horrendous morning sickness can be - biggest cover-up!

Tapster Fri 12-Sep-08 12:19:50

That the medical profession assume you have lost all powers of rationale thought along with your figure.

LadyThompson Fri 12-Sep-08 12:24:05

DoctorsWife and Mrs Mattie - thank you. At nearly 29 weeks I have HAD it with the sinusitis and the swollen fanjo. I didn't even GET morning sickness, which is one of the things you expect. However I did NOT expect to feel like my nasal passages and entire fanny would feel like they have been inflated with a bicyle pump. Didn't expect nipples to hurt from conception until (I presume) delivery and beyond, either, though that's sheer naivety I think.

cafebistro Fri 12-Sep-08 12:25:18

How painful labour really is. I know that nothing can prepare you for the experience but I remember, after I'd had DS, feeling very angry and annoyed with everyone for not telling me how bad it would get.

countrylover Fri 12-Sep-08 12:27:54

That you think you can't get any more tired than you are at the end of the pregnancy and then.....wham bam...months on end of sleepless nights with a screaming baby.

LilRedWG Fri 12-Sep-08 12:28:10

My friend bought me an excellent book called, A Best Friend's Guide to Pregnancy. I've just passed it on to my niece - so so true and funny.

PavlovtheCat Fri 12-Sep-08 12:28:59

That morning sickness is not only in the morning, and that it does not always go away by 12 weeks, in fact sometimes it stays for the entire pregnancy.

Tht cravings can be so bad you almost kill your husband for not stopping quick enough to get a Flake Praline.

cyteen Fri 12-Sep-08 12:29:49

that constipation can reduce you to a raging, weeping shell of your former self

ajm200 Fri 12-Sep-08 12:31:17

That morning sickness isn't just in the morning and can last right though to the delivery room

ajm200 Fri 12-Sep-08 12:31:59

That stress incontinence is common so together with the wild emotions you start to feel like you've regressed to 3 year olds with limited bladder control and tantrums.

ajm200 Fri 12-Sep-08 12:32:56

That morning sickness can be combined with a limitless ability to drool.

MrsMattie Fri 12-Sep-08 12:33:42


I had never even had constipation - in my entire life - until this pregnancy. Christ, it's horrible.

boolean Fri 12-Sep-08 12:34:06

Short term memory loss

Itchy soles of your feet (especially as you are trying to get to sleep!)

Clumsy clumsy clumsy

Losing interest in food in the third trimester because EVERYTHING gives you indigestion booze, no food, no sex, what madness is this?!

cyteen Fri 12-Sep-08 12:34:25

same here, and i hope i never get it again!

Chequers Fri 12-Sep-08 12:35:13

That epidurals wear off angry

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