Pregnancy is an anxious time – all the new symptoms give you something else to worry about. You don’t know what to expect or how it will feel so having another mom you can talk to about anything is so helpful. Every pregnancy and every woman is different, but I still thought I had a good general idea of what to expect after talking to several moms and reading lots of mommy blogs. I did, but I also learned that there are still some things about pregnancy women don’t talk about – and most of it is the gross stuff. . . read on if you’re a girl and don’t mind talking about bodily functions.
- Discharge – your body creates discharge in your vagina to fight off bacteria and infections, so it only makes sense that during pregnancy your body would create more of it. Saying it creates more is an understatement. Pantie liners are needed everyday, showers are needed every day even if you did nothing, if there’s a possibility you’re going to sweat down there as well . . . just go ahead and take a couple pairs of panties with you – not exaggerating. There were times in my first trimester I thought I might be bleeding and ran to the bathroom only to find it was just discharge.
- Urination – we all know that you pee a lot more when you’re pregnant. everybody talks about the weight of the baby on your bladder, and babies bouncing on bladders (Jack likes to do that). But it can’t happen until later in pregnancy right? once the baby is actually putting pressure on your bladder? I found out I was pregnant at 6 weeks, and by 8 weeks I was already going to the bathroom 2 to 3 extra times a day. So the answers to those questions are no the baby puts pressure on your bladder when it’s the size of a walnut.
- Constipation – Let me just put it this way. I’m constipated about 80% of the time, and when I’m not . . . I’m the opposite. I’m not eating foods I don’t usually eat. I’m not even eating any more than I usually do. The bathroom is where I was introduced to round ligament pain, and once I finally got a mom to talk to me about poop I found out that it only gets worse from here. Also, with constipation comes farts. But they won’t feel like farts; you’ll think you have to poop. No, you’ll sit there and push until it hurts only to let out a fart that echos through the toilet bowl so loud your husband hears it on the back porch. Not that I would know.
- Bleeding gums – I found out when I scheduled a dentist appointment and told them I was pregnant, that your teeth can sometimes get worse while pregnant. And you will understand why by the time 10 weeks rolls around. Brush your teeth like usual? gums bleed – floss? gums bleed – suck food out of your teeth? mouth full of blood. My dental hygienist explained to me that happens when your gums are trying to push out bacteria. So your body really doesn’t like bacteria when there’s a baby inside.
- Stuffy nose – I’ve looked up why and I don’t understand it to be honest with you – something about extra estrogen makes membranes swell, all your passages become wider, and getting rid of bacteria is probably in there, too. But your nose will run all the live long day. Are you sick? no allergies? no God forbid don’t cry and swallow.