April 20, 2019


Pregnancy is the ultimate gift to every couple, or at least to those that want a child. When you hear it from magazines and other people, it sounds like flowers and sunshine. You imagine rubbing your belly and feeling your baby kick and just generally feeling nice. I even heard somewhere that pregnant women just glow and bounce around in their own levels of energy. It all sounds wonderful until you actually get pregnant.

Don’t get me wrong, pregnancy is not a horror (not purely). There’s just much more to it than most people usually let on. Let me share a few things you will probably have to deal with during pregnancy and childbirth that you have (probably) not been told about before.

THE SWELLING

So you remember the part about pregnant women glowing and ‘bouncing around’? That much is true but probably not for the reasons you are thinking of. Your belly is not the only thing that swells during pregnancy, your entire body does. You basically become a chubby version of the previous you with an even chubbier middle. Your lovely sharp cheekbones will disappear somewhere as your face becomes something rounder (and shinier). That’s just the swelling, we have not added the baby weight yet.

USING THE RESTROOM

Pooping is not as easy and natural as it was. You may find yourself constantly constipated especially when you don’t take enough water. Here is some irony; you may take a gallon of water every hour only for you to pee it all out in the next few minutes BUT still remain constipated. Here, you may need to watch your diet and make sure that you take in a good amount of fibre and liquid diets. If it gets out of hand, see your doctor about it.

LABOUR

No, labour is not like in the movies where the doctors gently hold your baby as you push it out in what, five minutes? Labor officially starts when your water bursts and you start having those awful contractions. For some reasons, the doctors never seem concerned until you actually start pushing out the baby. Some women have been in labour for up to twenty-four hours and you would be lucky if you took less than ten.

AFTER BIRTH

This part is not going to be easy for those who are easily disgusted. After the baby comes out, you still have to deliver the placenta and you have never seen anything like the yellow and sticky fluids that come with it. You will still ooze some from your vagina or torso (depending on how you gave birth) as you heal and you WILL ask for those adult diapers you made fun of when you were not pregnant.

Conclusively, being a mother is wonderful but the process that leads there will see you call for help from your own. The good part is, it only gets better from there and all you have to do is take care of yourself and your baby.


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