November 20, 2011

Secrets of the Pregnant Society

Nobody tells you what it's like to be pregnant. It's like some dark secret that no one shares with you until you are part of the club, and then you get to join in on the conversation, but talk in some sort of code that no one else understands.

You know that your body is going to change by growing a rather large bump that impedes the view of your feet, but nobody tells you what goes on behind the scenes. Nobody tells you that Nature has sent you on the most epic journey of your life, and you must see this journey through to the end. There is no time-out from being pregnant; no breaks from the belly that gets so large that it is virtually impossible to sit down. And we all know that there is no break from what is to come after living through what seems like the roughest 10 months of your life.

I gained almost 50lbs during my pregnancy, and lost only about 10 of it after giving birth. I went from being a 130lb woman with weight issues to a 175lb woman with weight issues. I wasn't one of those people that said "I'm pregnant, I'm eating for two", but I did enjoy eating a box of cookies within a few days. I never craved anything, but I would find a food that I liked and I would enjoy it for a couple of weeks -- and I mean enjoy!


Not only did I gain a lot of weight, but I also gained a lot of water. By the end of the day, my feet were like water balloons, and boy was I hot! I wore flip-flops all day because I could no longer fit my feet into shoes, and because my feet were always incredibly warm. I'm glad I work in an industry where I do not have to dress-up at all, just nice jeans and a t-shirt, because, by the end, I was wearing the same pair of pants every day.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, your hips are spreading to make room for your baby's head. This was one of the difficult parts of my pregnancy. I was in such excruciating pain from my hips spreading that I could barely lift my legs up to walk up and down the stairs. By the time that pain stopped, my belly was big enough that it made doing everyday things quite difficult. You do not realize how much you push your stomach up to things, like the sink, until you no longer have that ability.

Pregnancy really is like a secret society. You have no idea what it's like until you have gone through it yourself. I could share all of the secrets of my pregnancy with you, and I am more than willing to share. After my experience, I believe that every woman has the right to know and not be kept in the dark. That being said, every woman's experience is different, and no two pregnancies are ever alike for one woman. I did not enjoy being pregnant, and you might. But let me tell you, the gift of life growing in your belly is well worth all of the prenatal torment :)

2 comments:

  1. I felt the same way after my first pregnancy, and told other women about the awful stuff. I think they either ignored me or thought I was exaggerating and promptly forgot everything I said, because some of them still gripe about no one telling them anything about being pregnant. Which is so untrue. I'm more than happy to share the misery with everyone. :-)

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  2. Haha! So am I, Emily. I really hope that people remember what I tell them, but I also hope they have a better experience than me. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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