I was pretty aware of all the most common symptoms and side effects of pregnancy before getting knocked up because once we had decided we were ready to TTC (and a little while before that) I started reading baby/mommy/pregnancy blogs. AND OH BOY, information overload. Everything was sooo interesting to me, and I devoured as much as I could find. I couldn’t wait to experience my own pregnancy and birth despite how scary some parts of it sounded.
This is my crazy excited face after finding out we were pregnant and before any symptoms started.
For some reason, aside from a few food aversions I was able to avoid the perils of morning sickness in those first few weeks. Before those of you who were sick as a dog throughout your pregnancy begin throwing tomatoes at me, let me just say that yes, it’s pretty awesome to not be sick all the time but it also caused some anxiety. I’m a part of a few online pregnancy groups and when you’re one of the few people not feeling miserable you start to wonder if you’re really pregnant or if something bad has happened. I know everyone (especially TV/film) thinks vomiting and nausea are the most common symptoms ever, but in my case, and for most of the women in my life, blood related and otherwise, we did not experience it. This is all to say, if you don’t feel that tell-tale sign of nausea, don’t fret!
I wasn’t lucky enough to escape all the weird symptoms, in fact, I did have some annoying ones and some that are just plain silly.
Constipation. Instead of purging everything, my pregnant body decided to hold on to every morsel I ate as tightly as it could. Eating like normal and never pooping makes for one bloated lady. This is a close-up of me at 8 weeks, too early for baby bump so I called it my bloat bump.
Almost immediately I started taking a stool softener, because ya know, it’s supposed to help but I was pretty inconsistent and conservative with them because I didn’t want to take them daily. I would start to worry that it was time to see a doctor after not passing a bowel movement for FOUR LONG DAYS, and then just when I was at my breaking point I’d finally be able to go and it would be the most painful but productive 20 minutes of my day. And yes, I was eating raisins and fiber friendly foods, avoiding bananas, and chugging water like it was my job, but I still got constipated. Things have definitely gotten better as I’ve entered the second trimester but I hear the third trimester is where you can start to get hemorrhoids. FUN.
Naps. Who knew waking up from a nap could be an Olympic sport? Seriously, why?? I knew that I’d be exhausted in the first trimester and there were some days I did feel like a zombie, but luckily I had the luxury of being able to take a nap as needed. The worst part? Waking up. It never failed, no matter the duration of the nap, I would wake up feeling worse than when I had laid down to rest! After waking up I was met with blurred vision and dizziness instead of feeling refreshed and clear-headed. It was like I’d been hit over the head with a ton of bricks. Or had been swimming upstream against the current. Clearly, I’m a napping failure.
Blowing my nose. This symptom is on-going because I have to blow my nose constantly while pregnant. I guess it has something to do with the extra fluids being produced, but man is it time-consuming! When I wake up it takes me a good five minutes to clean my schnoz out and it seems like it keeps running all day long. Some of this could be weather related, but regardless, it’s been a noticeable difference to me.
Drinking and Peeing Constantly. I have the smallest bladder or the most overactive bladder or the most sensitive bladder, whatever you wanna call it, it’s bad. I’m the person my family worries about on long car trips and the person who wakes up twice a night to use the toilet. When we were potty-training Littlest C, she used to go whenever I went just to make sure she didn’t have an accident. It was soon evident that she didn’t have to go nearly as often as I did, so instead of making the sure the kids went potty right before we left for the museum, we had to make sure the nanny had made a stop instead.
But now pregnancy has shot my nightly bathroom trips up to around 4 or 5 times and my ability to hold it is practically gone. Sometimes when I sneeze I even pee a little and I’m not even postpartum yet!!! The issue is I am always thirsty so I’m always drinking water and other fluids which makes me have to go more often. It’s a vicious pregnancy cycle and the reason I want to make sure we buy a house with two bathrooms minimum. I get anxiety when I don’t know where the nearest toilet is. Truth.
Other symptoms include but are not limited to: achy breasts, wacky dreams, heightened sense of smell, increased anxiety, increased appetite, and more frequent emotional meltdowns.
What were your craziest or weirdest or most annoying pregnancy symptoms? Or if you’re not pregnant, are you worried that becoming pregnant will exacerbate something you already struggle with?