5 Things You May Not Expect When You’re Expecting
Obviously, there is plenty of advice out there about pregnancy, but there are still some things that might catch you off guard. Personally, I felt like I had researched and prepared quite a bit for my first pregnancy, but still found myself unprepared for a host of experiences and situations. Here are 5 of those things you might not be expecting when you’re expecting.
We hear all about how new parents get little sleep, but that sleeplessness often starts before baby even arrives. During the first trimester, sleeplessness can be caused by nausea and sickness, heartburn, and even anxiety. As your belly grows, finding a comfortable sleeping position becomes more difficult, but thankfully there is a plethora of sleeping pillows, wedges, and other aids to help prop up that belly and help you sleep better. And of course, the frequent trips to the bathroom don’t help the sleep-deprived pregnant woman, either. Sleep loss was not something I expected to experience until baby was born.
Shortly after I found out I was expecting, I remember walking by a pet store and seeing puppies and breaking down into tears. I was literally crying because I saw puppies, and I’m not much of a crier under any circumstances, so this shocked me. And then I watched the Pixar movie Up, and couldn’t make it past the first 20 minutes. Yep, those pregnancy hormones got the best of me.
Pregnancy cravings are common knowledge, but have you heard about food aversions during pregnancy? Just the smell of certain foods suddenly made me want to gag. I couldn’t eat eggs during pregnancy and couldn’t even stand the smell of eggs, even though they never bothered me before. And every time my husband came home with Mexican food I made him eat outside or in the car because I couldn’t stand the smell of that, either. I also discovered that apples gave me terrible heartburn, so even looking at them soon made me uncomfortable.
I made a lot of new friends during my first pregnancy simply because I was drawn to those with whom I had something in common. At church, I would naturally find myself talking to others who were pregnant, and soon we became friends. Even on social media, I noticed more frequent conversations between myself and other friends with whom I hadn’t spoken in a while, reconnecting based on our new shared experiences. It was nice to have other women in my situation to connect with.
A new appreciation for your own mother
I saw my mother in a whole new light when I got pregnant. The fierce love I felt for my unborn child was like nothing I’d ever experienced before, and I couldn’t imagine how much that love would grow as I watched my child grow. That gave me a perspective that I’d never had before – I could suddenly understand the reasoning behind the rules I had growing up, and perspective for how much sleep, time, and money she’d sacrificed for me. I remember crying as I called her thanking her for all she’d done for me, even into adulthood. Pregnancy is a very unique, transitional period where you get a glimpse of both life without children and life with children, allowing you to see into both worlds at once. This perspective made me appreciate the incredible sacrifices mothers make for their children.
What did you experience during pregnancy that you weren’t expecting?
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