28 Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. Truth is though, it’s also pretty damn brutal. The things your body goes through are not only miraculous, they are downright gross, uncomfortable, and at times shocking.
When it comes to pregnancy, everyone talks about the glow, the cute little belly bump, and feelings of gratitude for the miracle growing inside of you. All of which are true. We all know that you can experience morning sickness, food aversions, frequent urination, weight gain, cravings, etc., but what people don’t tell you is to hold on tight because shit is about to get crazy! Yes, there are many wonderful things that come with pregnancy but there are also a LOT of things NO ONE tells you because well...the truth isn’t always pretty.
We asked real moms about the things no one told them about pregnancy, and boy did they deliver! The response was so overwhelming that we’ll be breaking it down into a three-part series (pregnancy, giving birth, and postpartum recovery.) Get ready, these ladies didn't hold back and their honesty is so refreshing and at times..hilarious!
NO ONE TOLD ME...
1. ABOUT THE HEMORRHOIDS 😩
"No one told me about hemorrhoids during pregnancy or I’d have eaten barrels of Metamucil. OmG" - Lauren H.
"No one told me constipation and hemorrhoids rear their ugly heads even before you have the baby!" - Laura P.
2. THE TRUTH ABOUT MORNING SICKNESS 🤢
"How I would spontaneously projectile vomit across the kitchen with a moment’s notice due to intense nausea." - Kari D.
"No one told me morning sickness could last the WHOLE pregnancy." - Lindsay E.
3. ABOUT ALL THE EXTRA BOOGERS 🤧
"No one told me that because your body is overproducing a lot of things that it would include the mucous membranes in my nose which made me have extra boogers all pregnancy-long and made ppl thing I always had a cold." - Nina-Marie R.
"That you can get allergies while pregnant." - Jamie M.
"No one told me about bloody noses since our capillaries are growing." - Melissa D.
4. THAT YOU WILL STINK 😵
"Hot flash...so much so I can’t leave my house with smelling like a onion, embossing sweaty face." -Elizabeth H.
"That I would smell so bad. I had to take two showers a day and put on deodorant before bed lol!" - Amber K.
5. ABOUT THE CARPAL TUNNEL 👎🏻
"How bad of carpal tunnel you can get! It was terrible pain that kept me up all night, I never knew that could be an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy." - Gina H.
"No one told me you could get carpal tunnel during pregnancy and it might last for several weeks after you give birth - which makes breastfeeding and lugging around all the crap that goes with a baby pretty painful." - Amanda W.
6. ABOUT ALL THE CHANGES TO YOUR VAG 😳
"That my vagina smells different." - Adrianna V.
"That vagina varicose veins exist, “varicosities” - Melissa L.
"Your vagina begins to hurt well before pushing out a baby." - Danielle T.
7. THAT YOUR SEX LIFE WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT 👉🏻👌🏻
"Sex can go out the window. It hurts, it’s uncomfortable, and I can’t climax." - Joanna K.
"No one told me I’d be a total horn ball for 9 months." - Sinead W.
"That not all men find pregnancy beautiful or sexy. Mine didn't touch me for like a year." - Gina C.
"No one told me I wouldn't be able to stand the smell of my husband for the entire pregnancy." - Sabrina L.
8. ABOUT ALL THE SKIN CHANGES 😐
"No one told me that I would have worse acne than when I was a teenager!" - Nancy F.
"No one told me that I wouldn’t be able to breathe for nine damn months! P.S. do the skin tags go away?!" - Shakyra W.
"Life long body freckles can turn into moles. (and moles get bigger) Most of the shrink back after a year though." - Sabrina M.
"That I could get “the mask of pregnancy” (or melasma) on my upper lip (that lasted 5 months pp) and look like I had a constant five o’clock shadow. Or worse, a prepubescent boy." - Yasmeen S.
"No one told me that the brown pregnancy line you get down your belly wouldn't fully go away for about a year after giving birth." - Mary G.
9. ABOUT LIGHTNING CROTCH ⚡️
"Leg cramps and lightning crotch!!" - Beth W.
10. ABOUT THE DISAPPEARING BODY PARTS 🙈
"No one told me that when your in your last month it’s damn near impossible to reach around and wipe your butt!" - Becky G.
"That you won’t be able to see or reach your crotch at the end of the pregnancy." - Lisa B.
11. that you will BECOME A WALKING FART CLOUD 💩
"No one told me that my gas would be able to clear out an entire room.... on the plus side when my 5 year old is whining at me I say “I just farted so you better get away fast”. #glasshalffull" - Mikaela S.
"Umm... so no one told me that I would pass gas before even realizing I needed to 🙈 it was sooo embarrassing!" - Zu G.
12. THAT PREGNANCY IS PAINFUL 😖
"No one told me that pregnancy could cause restless leg syndrome and that I would cry almost nightly for the last 20ish weeks because of it." - Stacie H.
"No one told me about Charlie horses in the middle of he night!" - Kathleen H.
"No one told me about the pain that I felt when my ligaments were stretching to accommodate the growing baby." - Christina CK.
"No one told me that you get excruciating sciatic nerve pain that would literally take your breath away when you walk." - Courtney C.
"Nesting is strongest after 34 weeks when you literally can't bend over to pick anything up from the floor so you melt into pot of tears." - Jennifer N.
"That the baby would bruise my ribs from kicking me so hard!" -Melissa C.
"No one told me that you’d have a constant shooting pain in your crotch and it would hurt every single time you’d flip side to side while sleeping." - Brittany W.
13. ABOUT THE DEPRESSION & LONELINESS 😞
"No one told me about depression during pregnancy. I only heard about postpartum depression. " - Suzanne S.
"That pregnancy can be isolating." - Anne L.
14. ABOUT THE GIANT FEET 👣
"That your feet can grow and never shrink back!" - Cristina Nancy
"That I’d lose my entire shoe collection because my foot would stretch a whole size." - Lauren H.
15. that YOUR NIPPLES WILL CHANGE...IN A BIG WAY 🍽
"Your nips become the size of dinner plates." - Jenna M.
"No one told me my nipples would get larger and darker." - Emily S.
16. ABOUT SOMETHING CALLED CMV 😢
"No one told me what to do to prevent CMV and now my child has it. That is the ultimate “no one told me” because I can’t go back and redo my pregnancy and save my baby. Learn about CMV- www.nationalcmv.org" - Erica S.
17. that SLEEP DEPRIVATION STARTS WAY BEFORE THE BABY IS BORN 😴
"No one tells you, restless leg syndrome and insomnia are a real thing!" - Sarah D.
"No one told me my feet would feel like they were on fire (all night long) the last trimester...adding to the insomnia and constant needing to pee." - Julie B.
18. that TEETH AND GUMS COULD BE AFFECTED 😬
"No one told me my gums were gonna bleed so much.. thank god a tooth didn’t fall out." - Nina H.
"The only time I have ever had cavities!" - Tricia M.
19. that YOU CAN HAVE CONTRACTIONS MOST OF YOUR PREGNANCY 😫
"That irritable uterus is a thing and you will have contractions (sometimes very painful ones) for more than half of your pregnancy!" -Katie S.
20. how HEARTBURN can BE BRUTAL 🔥
"How AWFUL heartburn is when sleeping!" - Danielle T.
"No one told me that you could have such bad acid reflux when you lie down that you are actually vomiting stomach acid which hurts your throat something fierce!" - Caty S.
21. HOW THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE CAN CHANGE 👃🏻
"That my nose would spread across my face. I couldn't believe it! I didn't even recognize myself in photos. Thank goodness it went back to its normal shape and size after baby was born. Wish someone would've told me that might happen." - Nicole O.
"No one told me my face would swell up plus my nose would expand so much that I would be able to pass as Fiona from Shrek." - Julie H.
22. THAT STRETCH MARKS CAN APPEAR AT THE VERY END OR AFTER DELIVERY 😾
"No one told me you could get to the last week of pregnancy and BOOOM stretch marks appear on your stomach.... and boobs!" - Samantha K.
23. that GETTING SICK WHILE PREGNANT REALLY SUCKS 💊
"When you’re sick you pretty much have to tough it out because you can’t take anything that works." - Stacy B.
24. that YOUR VISION COULD CHANGE 🤓
"My perfect vision would be compromised." - ZH M.
"No one told me my eyesight would get worse with every pregnancy." - Tricia M.
"My eyesight got better! No one told me pregnancy can effect your eyesight either way!
25. that YOU MAY GET DUMBER
"No one told me about pregnancy brain—how forgetful and dumb you become. I had to have lists for everything!" - MaryEllen P.
26. HOW TOUGH IT IS TO BREATHE 😝
"How about shortness of breath and heart palpitations? No one mentions that! Oh and your belly being lopsided bc your kid hangs out on one side!" - Valerie R.
"No one told me I'd be out of breath just walking to the bathroom." - Brittany K.
27. THAT YOU MAY NOT LIKE BEING PREGNANT 🤷🏼♀️
"That it’s okay NOT to enjoy being pregnant even when you have a great and uneventful pregnancy." - Angela S.
"Omg. Everyone was like omg get pregnant it’s the best ever u will love it. It’s a trap, ur friends lie to u and wait until ur pregnancy to be like hahah now u know my pain. I swear my friends are evil they did not tell me anything bad until I was pregnant." - Joanna K.
"No one told me being pregnant sucks!" - Valerie L.
28. THAT YOU MAY DO IT AGAIN ANYWAY...🤰🏼
This is exactly why a lot of women don’t enjoy being pregnant. You know what - that’s OKAY! It doesn’t mean you love your kids any less, that you aren't grateful of your ability to have children in the first place, or that you won’t be an incredible mother. It’s simply time to stop pretending that the pregnancy journey is all rainbows and butterflies. For some women it really sucks!
If you made it through this list you are probably wondering why in the world women keep making babies. The truth is, it’s not always pretty, but most mamas will tell you they’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. They’d also probably tell you that it would have been nice to have a heads up! Let this list serve as a reminder that you are amazing, your body is incredible, and you, my friend, are not alone on the hormonal crazy train that is pregnancy!
Now...who wants more babies!!??