There are a few things I wish I had known about pregnancy when I first found out that I was having a baby.
Pregnancy makes you hot. I had women tell me that it was going to be an extra hot summer for me. I am normally the kind of person who is cold all the time, so it didn’t really hit me like it did other people. I could see how some of the women in my pre-natal class dressed and brought water with them and realized that I was never quite that hot.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the Popsicles in our class as much as everyone else, but that was really more of a treat than anything. I just got to see what the world was like for people who weren’t cold all the time.
Taking pre-natal classes is very beneficial. It did a good job of getting us ready for labour. I also learned a lot about breastfeeding, which sounds very scary to a new mom.
The effect it has on your body. I asked my husband if there was anything about pregnancy that he wasn’t expecting and he said that the biggest thing was the toll it took on my body. I had a few complications during my pregnancy and it really showed him how frail my baby and I were. There were a lot of ultrasounds, shots and checking the baby’s heart rate that was a bit out of the ordinary. But it really does make you appreciate what everyone including the baby goes through.
Haywire Hormones. The other thing that my husband said was probably the same thing that most men would say. The hormones that pregnant women have are difficult to deal with. He said that he remembers thinking to himself that he loved me very much and that it is important to be there for me, but there were definitely times when it got a little frustrating. I will admit, I cried at random times. I got upset over absolutely nothing. I was extremely needy. The best advice I can give to any pregnant woman is that it is OK. You are feeling completely normal and it is better to let it all out. Men, just be nice and try to keep calm, if you don’t stress out than it will help her keep calm too.
What are the things you wish you knew about pregnancy?
--- Lisa Wlodarski