What it's really like being pregnant.

>> Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I will tell you.

First of all it's NOT what you see on TV. After having been pregnant myself I now totally see the blatant lies that they show on TV, like the classic scene where a woman runs to the sink to throw up and it's only been 2 days since she did the deed. Hi- it takes 2-4 days for the sperm to even reach the egg! Just in case you're wondering girl sperm travels faster then the boy sperm. Probably because girl sperms are not afraid to stop and ask for directions...

Morning sickness? Not necessary.

Anyway. The point is that it's not like they show on TV and it can be a completely different experience for different women. What annoys me the most however is that pregnancy is portrayed as so terrible and difficult. That is just a huge convoluted lie! I did not have morning sickness what so ever. In fact, I called my doctor asking her if everything was ok because I was not doing any dramatic projectile vomiting. The doctor laughed at me and told me to stop watching too much tv.

I LOVED being pregnant! Not only was I not sick in the mornings but actually I felt better. I used to wake up sometimes with a bit of nausea in the morning and have to grab a drink or a banana to feel better, while pregnant this morning nausea actually went AWAY.

Big belly? Slimming!

Another point is that if you read all kinds of pregnancy magazines or websites they all talk about how women don't feel sexy and how they feel like a whale with their big bellies. NOT true! First of all, I don't know how or why, but a belly has a wonderfully slimming affect on the rest of your not so skinny parts. Like it totally slimmed my big butt! It looked small compared to my belly! I could not get enough of myself while pregnant. Not to forget that my skin looked better then it ever had, the extra blood circulating added wonderful glow and color. I did not wear any make up what so ever on my skin (just mascara) because I did not want to mess it up.

Hair thinning?

My hair, my curly crazy hair, usually falls out in big globs that I stick to the wall of the shower so that I can take it out and not clog the entire bathroom, has actually stopped shedding during pregnancy! I would pull at it and not ONE hair would come out.

Gaining tons of weight?

One of the biggest surprises I got during pregnancy is that I was actually eating less then I do usually. Having said that, I must mention that I eat A LOT normally. I remember in the beginning of my pregnancy I read a sample menu for the day suggested by one of the popular pregnancy online portals and I literally laughed out loud. What they were suggesting a pregnant woman should eat, I ate twice that under normal circumstances. As I got pregnant I actually noticed that I ate 2x LESS. Now having established that I usually eat a lot, when pregnant I still ate more then what the portal recommended. Not having a ton of room in the belly automatically regulated my portions, and I realized that I'm a chronic over-eater! I gained 4 kg during my entire pregnancy. After delivery I weighed 5 kg below my PRE-Pregnancy weight. Now, I'm just trying my best not to gain back this weight that I lost.

Crazy and emotional pregnant lady?

Once again. False! I was so happy and nice the whole time I was pregnant. If you don't believe me ask my husband. He kept suggesting that maybe I should just stay pregnant all the time. I actually felt normal for once! I felt happy, calm and energetic. Again it made me realize that the 'normal' me is in fact the crazy one! Please is there anyone out there that can bottle this feeling and sell it to me!? I guess in my case whatever extra hormones I was getting were balancing me out. Just to give you an example, I always sit there yelling at the tv giving my comments. When I was pregnant instead of saying "that ass should never be put in satin pants" I would say "awww what a nice confident lady". I had... gasp... only NICE things to say about everyone. And if you know me, that's the equivalent of a cataclysmic event rivaling the end of the world.

ANY side effects?
Yes, I did have one negative side effect. My nose was stuffed the entire time. And I know you're not supposed to use nose sprays longer then 7 days but I used them just about the whole time because I could not breathe. Go figure, but a stuffed nose is a symptom of pregnancy. There is even a name for it: rhinitis of pregnancy. No one ever talks about it and obviously it does not have the same cinematographic effect for it to be featured in movies, but it's real.

Anyway the point of this very long story is that you should never ever listen to anyone about anything basically. No, seriously, it's just another reminder for us to make our own deductions and realize that our experience doesn't have to be the same as everyone else's.

In case you're wondering if I'm still "nice" after 2 months of not being pregnant anymore... unfortunately I must report that that particular 'shop' has been closed. I realized it the other day as I was watching some random show and just had zero love for everyone on TV. Yep, the 'pregnancy bliss' has unfortunately disappeared... But it's ok, I'll survive... though some others may not. ehem.

Now I'm not saying that you can't get pregnant and have all these bad simptoms (at once). I'm just saying let me be the one person who tells you that it's possible to have a nice pregnancy too. So go ahead and get pregnant and don't let anyone put any negative expectations in your head!!!! ;)


cadiz12 March 24, 2011 at 4:54 AM  

i love the part about the hair not falling out. i'd like that one, please, when it's my turn! but the stuffy nose? i think i'll pass on that.

any weird cravings?

Ale April 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM  

no weird cravings! there was just one food thing- i hated pine nuts. :)

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