I consider myself fairly well read on all things fertility and baby, having been ttc for some time. But now I am pregnant there are things that I am still surprised about. 1. Drool - I am sure I never used to wake up in The Pool of Drool that now greets me every morning 2. Baby gender - was always adament that I would never want to find out the sex, but MY GOD the temptation to ask at the 20 week scan was nearly overwhelming! I didn't but golly... 3. That I would need panty liners some days (TMI? yes but still) 4. That listening to Matchstick Men and Matchstick Cats and Dogs on the radio had me wailing (I don't expect this one to be universal) 5. The amount of people who, when you tell them of back ache, gripes and pain, say 'well it will only get worse' triumphantly. 6. That when the baby kicks my first response is still (sometimes) 'Oh I need to fart.'
I found I spent a lot of my pregnancy craving all the things I wasn't supposed to eat... peanut butter, even though I wouldn't normally eat it, it was the fact I couldn't have it.
Memory loss and sometimes not even being able to finish a sentence because I couldn't remember what I was going to say.
Was so surprised at the amount of people who had so many stories to tell about the way they raised their kids, and telling me I didn't know what I'd let myself in for (turns out they were right), but it did get very patronising after the 50th time.
That you feel like you need an epidural for the pain from piles in later pregnancy, people tell you that you may get piles yes, but not that you have to sleep with ice cubes between your bum cheeks and use labour breathing methods just to go to sleep for weeks on end!! Sorry for the TMI but by god, why did nobody tell me about that! I actually asked the doctor if I could be induced because of them, and was met with and told no
I didn't know my boobs would start leaking before I gave birth, nor that it would be so early on (about 18 weeks).
I didn't know about the drool.
I didn't know I'd become a full time Tena Lady due to weeing myself during barfing sessions, sneezing fits, laughing heartily, etc.
I didn't know the Tena Ladys would also come in handy for the stupid amount of discharge.
With all this leaking going on, is it any wonder I woke up one morning, noticed some wetness in my belly button and thought 'FFS, how many more places can I leak from?' (It was leftover gel from the 3D scan I'd had the night before)
Oh and that you seem to lose 50% of your brain power during pregnancy, this decreases to around a 90% loss following labour and sadly you never seem to get it all back. I still forget what I'm talking about mid sentence, regularly forget my address, ds birth date and more worringly how to drive and DS is 8 weeks old now.
My favourite saying during pregnancy and now is "well I did use to be clever!"
That you could get so fed up with being pregnant (towards the end), that you would wake up in the morning and for that brief moment before you're properly awake would think 'Oh thank God I'm not pregnant anymore' before putting your hand on the elephant-sized bump and feeling your heart sink justalittlebit......
1. That you could be sick throughout (well from before I knew I was pg until 39+4 anyway) 2. That needing to go to the loo all the time doesn't necessarily stop once you've had DC 3. That the GP was wrong when she said the pain from my dislocated spine (during pg) was much less than I would face during labour 4. That the second trimester went past so quickly that I didn't get time to enjoy what's supposed to be the best bit 5. That your boobs could go up 2 cup sizes in a week
That I would 1)Need a piss every 5 seconds in my last trimester 2)Have 34GG cup tits when the whole thing was done and dusted, they are still an impressive F cup, I was a D cup before I got pregnant. 3)Need 2 doubled up super sized maternity pads after having DS to have any chance of my knickers staying the colour they were intended to be. 4)Sob at "let loose, crazy for you" on MTV when about 38 weeks gone because it reminded me of being young and carefree.
My complete inability to deal with current affairs in case there is any mention of bad things happening to mothers & babies (or bad things happening in places where mothers & babies might be, i.e. the ENTIRE WORLD) Odd libido Orgasms making my bump throw weird shapes A rather lovely "don't give a sh*t" attitude to most things non-pregnancy related Not being able to eat due to morning sickness (at the start) and heartburn (at the end) That morning sickness lasts all day and feels like a whisky & red wine hangover
1)The colour of the thing that leaks from my boobs is bright custard yellow!!!! 2)how painful indigestion actually is 3)The location of toilets becomes ones first priotity 4)Needing to drink all the time- even through the night 5)the day to day - I think I'm going to sit on the babies head down below pain