Hi, I'm Hannah — and I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant with my first baby. Now that things are starting to rapidly feel more and more real, I wanted to write a little bit about my experience so far.
Pregnancy is a wild ride, full of twists and turns and hormones and joy and confusion. And as a first time mom-to-be, I've found myself wanting more personal information than what the usual "mommy blog" content provides.
But first, I just want to say that I know pregnancy and trying to conceive can be really difficult subjects for some people. I'm writing about my own experience in the hopes that it helps other women and sheds some light on a really personal subject. That being said, I understand these topics can be triggering and not helpful for you. 💕
So, here are a bunch of things that have surprised, delighted, scared, and confused me about pregnancy so far.
1.The first trimester is really, really tough.
2.But it has forced me find new ways to cope with anxiety and stress.
3.And at times, I felt really lonely.
4.But physically, it was way better than expected...
I spent most of my life convinced that pregnancy would be a horrible experience marked by crippling morning sickness. I'd heard enough horror stories of women who were so sick they could barely function, and I was prepared to spend three months of my life hovering over a toilet bowl in a constant state of nausea. Turns out, my experience couldn't have been more different.
I had read that for most women, morning sickness begins around week six. I waited and waited, but spoiler alert: It never came. Sure, there were maybe two or three days where my stomach felt a little unsettled, but overall, I was thankfully spared from the nausea entirely. This lack of morning sickness led many people to tell me that I must be pregnant with a boy (spoiler alert: also no).
Of course, the physical symptoms of early pregnancy are hugely different from person to person, and I know I could experience horrible morning sickness with a second baby. But this go around, my notions of pregnancy could not have been further from my reality.
5....Except for the fatigue, which was extremely real.
6.But I really did get an energy boost in the second trimester.
7.The constipation is not fun. 😐
I don't think this one really needs much explanation, but IMO, constipation is the least talked about, worst pregnancy symptom.
8.I've actually loved watching my body change.
9.But the boobs...not so much.
There are lots of women who go their whole adult lives without boobs and are overjoyed to discover they finally have them, thanks to pregnancy. As someone who has had big boobs forever, I can tell you they are extremely overrated! Mine started growing immediately, and they are showing no sign of stopping. SOS!
10.I've learned to stay far away from Google.
I arrived at my first OBGYN appointment with lots of questions for my doctor, many of which started with, "Well, I read on Google that..." My doctor's advice? "Stay off Google." I can't tell you how helpful this has been.
I should have already known the dangers of Google because I'm the person who convinces myself that every single headache is something much worse. If you're pregnant for the first time, there's no doubt you're going to experience a lot of new sensations, symptoms, and have lots of questions. But Google is not always your friend in this department!!
If you're anything like me, asking Google will inevitably make you feel worse and bring up a thousand additional questions. I have sworn off Google for most questions. Now, if I'm actually concerned about something, I just call or email my doctor, which has been a game-changer for my mental health.
11.Contrary to everything Instagram Reels taught me to believe, I'm pretty sure my dog has no idea I'm pregnant.
12.And that pregnancy "glow"... yeah, not for me.
13.The hunger is no joke.
14.But I haven't experienced "weird" pregnancy cravings.
15.A lot of the time, I don't really "feel" pregnant.
16.And I didn't really "look" pregnant for a while.
17.I've had to do a lot of my own research.
18.Feeling movement and little kicks has been one of the coolest experiences.
19.I experienced some really strange pregnancy symptoms that I never expected.
20.I miss alcohol way less than I thought I would.
21.Other people have a lot of opinions.
Once people find out you're pregnant, you're probably going to hear a lot of unsolicited opinions and advice: things you should and shouldn't do, baby products you need and those that are a waste of your money, baby names people love and hate, and the correct way to raise a child.
I've already been bombarded with information from friends and strangers alike, and I've heard everything from"these are the best prenatal vitamins on the market" and "you really shouldn't be drinking any coffee" to "you really shouldn't raise a kid in the city."At this point, I've accepted the fact that I'm going to get a whole lot more opinions once the baby comes, and the best I can do is graciously smile, then figure out what works for me and my husband and make our own decisions.
22.I still don't feel "ready"...whatever that even means.
I want to hear about your experience! What was pregnancy like for you, what surprised you, and what would you like to tell first-time moms? Drop some wisdom in the comments!
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