Things they don’t tell you

Posted on: May 11, 2011

We all know the usual signs of pregnancy:  nausea, morning sickness, fatigue, growing a stomach the size of a basketball.  But, there are MANY more things you go through that people don’t tell you about. Here are some of those things:  

1).  The term “morning sickness” is kind of like the pirates code*:  More like a guideline.  That phrase must have been coined either by a man or a woman who miraculously was only sick in the morning.  I was sick all day long.  And, I don’t just mean that I had nausea all day. I mean, I had nausea and was throwing up all day.  I did get sick in the morning, but I also got sick in the afternoon and evening.  Basically, I could throw up anywhere between the hours of 6am-11pm.  I got sick in more places than Swiss cheese has holes.  “Morning” sickness?  Ha!  I don’t think so.  Try “All day” sickness.  And, for that matter, there should also be a disclaimer with that:  Warning: may get sick at any time of day in any location. 

2).  Strange dreams.  When I was pregnant, I had the weirdest, scariest, most vivid dreams and nightmares I’ve ever had.  Apparently, this is all part of pregnancy.  Your subconscious goes into a tizzy causing you to dream all kinds of things…or, something like that.  Many women do have nice dreams about their baby but, then there are those of us who have hellish nightmares about being stuck in a war zone getting shot at by angry rebels, who have decided they want to kill you and your unborn child.  No joke.  I had that dream.  And, many more like it.  Some of my dreams were just so bizarre I would wake up in the morning and think, “what the heck was that all about”. 

3). Sleep?  What’s that?  I knew that I would be tired because pregnancy takes a lot out of you physically.  What I didn’t realize was how tired I would be because I couldn’t sleep at night.  Why can’t a pregnant woman sleep, you ask?  Well, let’s see, there’s the constant discomfort because you can only sleep on your side, getting up to go to the bathroom once an hour, leg cramps that wake you up, and you little baby doing jumping jacks in your stomach. yeah….

Stay tuned tomorrow for more things you didn’t know about pregnancy…

*If you caught that “Pirates of the Caribbean” reference, treat yourself to an ice cream tonight.

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