I don't know if this is a taboo subject or people just like to wear rise tinted glasses... however all I know is that when I was pregnant with my first I wish I knew more about everything & some of these things I had to find out on my own...
So here goes ...
- Morning sickness doesn't just last the first 12 weeks, nor is it just in the mornings. It can last all day all night for the whole pregnancy.
- Your hair gets really thick during pregnancy love it, treasure it, it may not last forever as your hair might fall out post partum. Yep clumps of it... I thought I was going bald. Glam or what...
- You CRY a lot - like all the time.Your hormones are RAGING, causing all your emotions to be intensified. Thankfully, a few weeks after giving birth your estrogen & progesterone levels will go back to normal.
- Your feet get BIGGER - During pregnancy ligaments throughout your body loosen, causing your feet to spread. For some women, their feet gradually shrink. The rest get to go shoe shopping!
- Feeling the baby move is awesome but can also hurt - my gosh it can hurt. There’s not a lot of room in there, so your internal organs are going to be tenderized by tiny baby fists and feet.
- You'll feel stabbing pains in your abdomen - As the ligaments around your uterus stretch and strengthen to support your growing uterus, you might feel brief, stabbing pains around your bikini line. It’s totally normal! But, if these stabbing pains come with bleeding or any other discharge, call your midwife immediately.
- Postpartum bleeding can last four - six weeks after delivery. I recommend using two or even three maternity pads Yes all at once - you will need them. Better to be safe than sorry! You'll bleed even if you've had a C-section.
- All dignity goes out the window once your in labour - You won't care who sees you naked. You won't.
- Yes you may poop whilst giving birth. Believe me no one cares, especially you! You'll just be wanting that baby out.
- You may not get that 'burst of love' the moment you give birth to that baby. It's ok & normal you aren't a monster.
- Breastfeeding can be really hard. Like being hit with a shovel hard. Some mums & babies master it right away, whilst others need months to get the routine sorted. Understand you need realistic expectations with ok yeah it may hurt at first but if you have a good support system around you & maybe find a breastfeeding group local to you it will make a huge difference.If it doesn't work for you or baby just take the switch to formula, You've got to do whats best for baby & you.
- The Breast Vs Bottle debate - Urgh brings out the worst in people. Can’t we all just agree that it’s great babies are being fed by loving parents...
- Yep it's true you will have contractions whilst breastfeeding - Breastfeeding triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which in turn causes the contractions that help your uterus shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size. These contractions are good — they are making your belly smaller! They hurt but they are doing good!!
- Hard BOOBS. You know those crazy porn bobs you see on some women that are just crazy gigantic, don't move... no? well try skipping a feed whilst your breastfeeding you'll soon have a pretty good idea what it's like. They hurt, they hurt like hell.
- Your first POOP after having a baby is the most terrifying experience ever, (Even if you've had a c-section) You could try taking a stool softener to help...
- Delivering your PLACENTA - No one ever mentions this to you until you've birthed your beautiful baby & then injects you without warning *I might add then 20 or so minutes later WHAT your having to give birth all over again to your PLACENTA?! For me the placenta birth was far for traumatising & painful than having my baby...
- After the birth of your beautiful baby - you will still look pregnant no matter how hard you try to hide it. Embrace it. You've just made a tiny human.
- Haemorrhoids or Piles - are common during pregnancy & postpartum - So how glam can this making a baby business get... apparently about one in four mums has piles in the weeks after giving birth, but it's usually a minor, rather than a major, problem. After your baby's birth, the piles may: