Now don’t get me wrong. I never needed anyone to tell me stuff about pregnancy. I read all the books (I didn’t know blogs existed when my eldest was born almost 12 years ago!) and I knew pretty much what to expect. Once you’re expecting, all kinds of tales start to come to light and the office conversation seems to revolve around the glamour and glitz of it all. But there were three things that I really would rather I’d been told about before they caught me by surprise. These are the three things nobody told me about pregnancy…
You’re going to snore
Seriously! I have no idea what so ever what this was all about, but during my first pregnancy I started snoring! Nobody before- or since, I might add!- has ever mentioned this to me so I started to wonder if it was just me that had to endure this delightful side effect? And I say that I had to endure- yes, I know my husband had to also- because my snoring was that bad it would wake me up! I often felt as though I was in a different room, listening to someone snore and it really wasn’t a nice experience at all. I’ve since read that snoring during pregnancy can occur when the nasal passageways become swollen, which can also lead to blocked airways. It can also lead to high blood pressure, which really isn’t good! So there you go. If you’re pregnant, and snoring it might be something to mention to the midwife at your next appointment.
You might wee yourself
Something else that is often joked about, but never spoken of seriously. Therefore many women assume its an old wives tale and not something that genuinely could happen. The reason why incontinence occurs during pregnancy is due to many factors. Firstly, its totally normal and it has nothing to do with the fact that your bladder control has simply disappeared. Pelvic muscles can become weaker during pregnancy, and this can be exacerbated through excessive weight gain too. There are also certain foods that cause incontinence too apparently- steer clear of caffeine, citrus, tomatoes and soft drinks ladies! Thankfully, these days there are discreet products on the market to help deal with any leakages you might be experiencing (take a look at the products available at Hartmann Direct) and there is also a lot more understanding around too. I wish I’d know it was completely normal and not a sign that my body had finally given up!
*Note that its always worth ringing the midwife if you have a leak and aren’t sure if it could be your waters…
Your feet will grow
This is a weird one. Thankfully, my feet have returned to their normal size after each baby, but I do have friends who’ve had to sadly throw out all of their prized heels and boots due to foot growth. What? Its a real thing! During pregnancy the body releases a hormone called relaxin, which enables ligaments to literally relax and stretch out in preparation for birth. The only thing is that relaxin doesn’t stop at lengthening and softening the cervix and pubis symphis. Oh no. It targets the feet too. Seriously! So many women report that their shoes feel tighter and they’re forced to wear different shoes.Not so bad in the summer when you can wear flip flops I suppose. Apparently changes in feet size and shape can also be caused looser joints overall during pregnancy, plus weight gain. Oh, the glamour!
What do you wish you were told about pregnancy?
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