Finding out i was pregnant was the first time i looked into pregnancy symptoms and changes. I haven’t been surrounded by any pregnant people really, none of my very close friends have had a baby before so it was ALL NEW TO ME! Before this i simply thought you must feel tired, heavy and gain a lot of weight.
To save you the shock of what happens here are just 5 of the things i had no idea would happen during pregnancy. Beware i left my filter at the door this blog post.
1. Hair & Nail Growth – I am a naturally hairless person, I’m part maori and we don’t tend have a lot of hair. My hair has always taken years to grow if i am growing it out. Not anymore! My hair grew like crazy, I have coloured, dried hair but that did not seem to matter. It grew long, it also grew everywhere! I spoke to my beautician regarding this during a wax and she explained the biggest mistake some pregnant women do is wax the hair on their stomach because the hair grows so much there. Don’t do it you will be stuck making up for this mistake for life! Hair is about to take over your body like it has never before.
2. BOOBS – Ok we all know you get massive boobs when you are pregnant but did anyone ever discuss the nipples? My god i nearly had a heart attack! Nipples will change colour, like 2 shades darker at least! Not only that but the whole entire shape of the nipple will get bigger with the size of your boobs. Think, coat hanger with a large, dark, base at the bottom. haha.
3. Saying Bye to Body Parts – Until second trimester i didn’t realise that i wouldn’t see certain body parts again until i had given birth. In order to stay situated and still feel slightly in control, find yourself a great beautician and waxer asap! One that you trust will have you looking on game come due date 😉 Not only that but your belly button can pop. Even if you have a button like mine, which is so far in you could barely see it. You will find it pops it’s head out to say hello to the entire world, like you have a third eye bulging through your t-shirt. I’m still unsure if this changes back after you give birth but i’ll let you know.
4. Hormone Hassles – I’m sure you know about the mood swings that effect you during pregnancy. Massive up’s and down’s but did you know that some days you may have outbursts that will leave you barely recognising who you even are anymore? I’m an open book personally and an emotional person, but when seeing ducklings on a lake walk can bring you to tears one morning because they are “so beautiful”. Then that afternoon you are so outraged that your boyfriend ate the last quarter of potato chips in the cupboard that your blood boils, you go red in the face and you literally find yourself throwing a tantrum over it. Shit got real. You are officially BONKERS! Pregnant Bonkers – that is. You may think this is a joke like i did before i was pregnant but i can assure you, mid hormone outbreak this is not a joke. This is REAL and how selfish of you, to not consider me in your thoughts before you ate my potato chips!! I’m so sure most of my friends also think i am nuts. One day i’m talking about how i’m exhausted, in pain, and can’t wait for this to be over. The next minute i am snap chatting baby clothes saying how grateful and excited i am to be on this journey. Thank god for friends.
5. Dreams – Prior to pregnancy i rarely remembered my dreams. Now that i am pregnant and running to the bathroom multiple times per night i am never in a deep sleep and therefore i remember more dreams. The amount of times i have been in labour in my dreams is seriously exhausting. One of the craziest dreams to date was when we had given birth to a baby that was so tiny, the size of Thumbelina (size of a thumb) We were both putting the baby in our pockets etc to carry it and playing catch across the room. All in all we were very carefree about the baby and the fact he was the size of my thumb. Suddenly once we were home we couldn’t find our baby and we were beside ourselves. We thought one of us had sat on it, or a bird had eaten him. After turning the house upside down we heard the baby under the kitchen sink and we found him in the rubbish bin, happy as Larry, grinning away, snuggling into the rubbish. The End! You might be judging me now, but your turn will come.
So be prepared to be hairy, have huge nipples, walk around with your third eye and be sleeping with Thumbelina at night.