Good morning readers 🙂
I hope you are all having a great start to your week, or end to your weekend if you are overseas! This is something that I wish I had written about a long time ago, and yet I am glad that I didn’t because my list seems to keep growing and I am only on my way to 34 weeks pregnant. I still have a few weeks left in me for this pregnancy, it seems unimaginable!
Throughout the beginning of my pregnancy I thought it would be sunshine and rainbows, you go through that initial shock of seeing the at home pregnancy test turn positive and then your mind runs wild with all the fun ideas of telling family members and decorating a nursery. You tend to get carried away, and you forget all of the sacrifices it takes for a woman as well as the challenges it puts your body through.
For starters, I had no idea that you could bleed weeks down the track.
I hit the 6-7 week mark and I began bleeding, yes it isn’t too common but it isn’t unheard of. I didn’t know there were positive outcomes for bleeding at that weekly mark, I thought the worst was on the horizons. Yet, everything was absolutely fine. It was absolutely devastating to go through, and I couldn’t find anything positive online about it. That is the downside to the internet, it can be filled with negativity at times – who is going to go out of their way to post something positive? It’s more common to rant online when you have nothing good to say sadly!
I was unaware of how wide the food and drink restrictions are.
Pregnant women really do get the short end of the stick when it comes to food and drinks. I had no idea you had to restrict your caffeine intake, I understand why, but I wasn’t aware of it in it’s entirety. I didn’t know you couldn’t eat things like pate and soft cheeses, especially not the intensity of seafood due to mercury levels. I definitely miss my soft cheeses!
Pre-eclampsia is quite a scary one.
I wasn’t aware of what it was until I was a bit through my pregnancy and stumbling through my pregnancy app that has a forum section, a few mothers were talking about it and I did some Dr Google researching, only to terrify myself. It’s incredibly serious, and I’ve been more worried about it in my 3rd trimester because that is generally when it can hit – it’s definitely been something to watch for and I am incredibly lucky that I have not experienced it.
The rib pain, oh boy.. the rib pain.
Every pregnancy is different, but I had no idea the damage growing a baby can do to your ribs. This is one I am currently battling, I have had it for the last week and oh the pain. It can happen from bub kicking your ribs, your ribs re-shaping or your muscle stretching apart. It is the worst thing you can imagine.
You have to sleep strictly on your left side.
This is due to providing adequate blood flow to your placenta that goes to bub, and it is to ensure you are not crushing important organs. I was aware of this very early in my pregnancy so I have adjusted to not sleeping on my back or on my right side, but I really miss the freedom of rolling around! I used to struggle with my left ear being in so much pain from sleeping on it the whole night, but I think it’s used to it now.
Not everyone is going to be considerate or understanding.
I had a warped thought on how I thought society would be with me being pregnant, especially on public transport. I thought people would be a bit more understanding and considerate however that certainly isn’t the case. People won’t offer you a seat if they see you are pregnant and standing, that sort of thing. It’s just how the world works this day and age.
Juice, sugary foods, cold water – that doesn’t help move your baby.
Apparently it is a myth, and it is certainly proven through my pregnancy. I can’t make my bub move whenever I want, they do whatever they want to do. It takes 2 hours for your bub to experience the food and drink you have had, so they have a delayed reaction. I thought that was interesting!
Red raspberry leaf tea!
This one is great. I had no idea about it until later in my pregnancy. It helps tone your uterus muscles for labour, and it is just all around generally very good for women’s health especially after labour throughout the healing process. You start taking it in your third trimester, however some women start earlier. I didn’t start until 33 weeks, so, this week. I am enjoying it so far, I only have one cup a day but I will probably up my intake closer to my due date maybe around 37 weeks.
Tight clothing is a no-no.
For me, at least, I get incredibly nauseous and I can’t breathe if I have tight shorts, skirts or dresses on. I haven’t worn stereotypical tight clothing though, these are stretchable clothing that are just in larger sizes not maternity wear clothing. I had presumed they would be absolutely fine, but that was incorrect for me. Whenever I would wear clothes that have a stretchy band (but not maternity wear) within 10-15 minutes of wearing them, my body would just freak out and I would need to get changed. I have no idea what does it, but that is something I was unaware of, I thought I could just get away with bigger sized clothing that looked nice rather than purchasing maternity specific clothing. Turns out I couldn’t!
Pregnancy safe hair dyes and when it’s safe to do so.
I was left in the dark in regards to what I could and could not use while pregnant for my hair. I have been an avid hair dye lover for a very long time, I love a fresh colour at home and I was so scared when it would be safe for myself and for bub.
Throughout the first trimester it is crucial that you do not dye your hair, or be around any harsh chemicals for that matter. It is the biggest developmental time for your bub, so it is important to make sure you stay clear from anything like that.
Olia hair dye is full of oils and none of the nasties (I mean, as much as you can be with hair dye). You can use this during your second and third trimester.
I use Arctic Fox Transylvania Black as I am a blonde with dyed black hair. It is a vegan, natural semi permanent dye.
Stretch marks will appear whenever and wherever they like.
I thought I was in the all clear when I was 32 weeks, I’m now 34 and found stretchmarks in the most hidden places that I wouldn’t have expected to find them. They won’t be just on your stomach, you can get them on your legs, butt, hips, boobs – whenever they want. No cream can save you!
That is about all for now, I will be sure to add to this post the more that I learn and understand throughout pregnancy. As mentioned, all pregnancies are unique and different in their own way. This was just my journey of learning and educating myself!
Thanks for reading,