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10 Overrated Things About Pregnancy

By michellehorton |

Rachel Green's adorableness made me want to be pregnant!

I was walking down an aisle of Target when suddenly I was (quite literally) swarmed by a bunch of local high school cheerleaders. They continued walking in my direction, like an army of bodyguards, right through the baby clothes section.

“I don’t ever want a baby,” one of the girls said to her teammates. (They all agreed.) “I just want to be pregnant to buy maternity clothes.

Her friends agreed.

I was gobsmacked. I wanted to turn around and tell her HOW MANY THINGS WERE WRONG WITH THAT SENTENCE, except I didn’t have the words. (So naturally I took out my iPhone and updated my Facebook status, to publicly open up the ridicule.)

But it’s only now, looking back at my pregnancy, that I realize how idiotic that statement is. There are so many things about pregnancy that seemed so much cooler before the pregnancy. So many overrated aspects of pregnancy.

Here are 10 things that I thought would be way better than they actually were during pregnancy:

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Being Pregnant: 10 Overrated Experiences

1. Maternity Clothes

Sure these jeans look amazing. And ignoring the fact that not every pregnant woman has supermodel legs, they also cost $210. All of those super cute pregnant celebrities are wearing clothes way out of your budget. Besides, you can always creatively expand your pre-pregnancy clothes.

What parts of pregnancy do you feel are overrated? Or at least unrealistically portrayed?

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0 thoughts on “10 Overrated Things About Pregnancy

  1. Bonnie says:

    I was definitely not a woman who missed feeling baby kicks. Usually it felt like my stomach was a mixing bowl. I hated the way you could see it moving from across the room. Seriously it’s making me gag right now.

    1. michellehorton says:

      @Bonnie: ME TOO! I hated to admit it while I was pregnant, because I thought it made me a bad person. But I’ve talked to so many others who felt a little queasy about the movements.

  2. Maricela says:

    I can totally understand not missing baby kicks. My baby dislocated a rib when I was at work. And my hair was too thick to begin with, and it got dull and course while I was pregnant.

  3. Hannah says:

    I would seriously cry somedays because my baby’s “kicks” (more like violent thrashing) hurt me so much. And maternity clothes would be great fun, if you could afford to buy a bunch of cute ones. Instead, I wore the same six shirts I got on clearance at Gap Maternity over and over my entire third trimester. I never want to see those clothes again.

  4. Melissa says:

    I with you on the planned pregnancy. I was just a mess for the year to 6 months that I was planning and then trying to get pregnant. Next time as much as I want to be pregnant at just the perfect time, I would love to just accidently get preggo.

    Yeah, not so sure where my pregnancy glow was, but I sure did get one hell of a pregnancy mask. No one warns you about that.

  5. snakecharmer says:

    I’m there with the baby kicks. I’m in my third trimester and while at first it’s all “Awwww!” and special connection stuff…now it’s more like “Okay kid! Can you stop sticking your bum into mommy’s stomach and doing that weird thing around my right hip that feels really creepy?”.

  6. Hannah Gardner says:

    Oh my word, all so true! I couldn’t afford to buy gads of cute clothes. I ended up outgrowing ALL of my clothes too, the last three weeks, thanks to the 10 lb baby son I was carrying. Now I would much prefer to update my wardrobe when I lose all the baby weight.

  7. Samira says:

    not to mention if your like me who was so sick the entire nine months you cant even keep water down how are you going to “eat for two”

  8. Nessie says:

    I was looking forward to the bigger boobs, thicker hair, and glowing skin. Instead, my breasts did not get bigger at all, my hair didn’t change one bit (I didn’t have to deal with it falling out after birth), and, worst of all, I got horrible pregnancy breakouts, “estrogen spots,” and this disgusting hormone-related rash on my chin that would not go away and could not be covered! Ugh!

  9. Beth says:

    So agree about the “Glow”. More like a gross sweaty shine in my opinion!

  10. Samantha R says:

    I think you missed one BIG one. The bigger boobs! Everyone talks about looking like Dolly Parton while pregnant and nursing. Sure it’s great on the outside, but on the inside? Painful, sore, stretchmark covered breasticles are no fun! During the first 2 trimesters of my 1st pregnancy I couldn’t bear to have anything touch my raging torpedoes of pain. Then, after all is said and done, and your breasts are finished growing to the size of your head to nourish life, they deflate. After pregnancy number one, mine resembled navel oranges in tube socks. Only time will tell what they will look like after this course of inflation and deflation. I imagine rolling them up to get them into a bra.

  11. Cattye says:

    I got the great hair while pregnant… but then it fell out so much and fast I ended up getting a huge knot/mat in my hair.

  12. CalebsMommy says:

    With all 3 of my kids everyone told me that i was pregnant because of my “Glow”. I am one of those women who LOVE to be pregnant. I love the baby kicks. I have been lucky i have not had any morning sickness. But i have been way over moody during and after them. I have found every time I “try” to get pregnant it doesnt work, infact, as soon as i stop trying BOOM i get pregnant. I have never bought pregnant clothes i dealt with what i had. I had big better things to spend my money on.

  13. Jennifer says:

    i always got so upset when people would make comments about being able to eat anything i wanted. true, i could. but NOTHING tasted good! cakes, cookies and ice cream tasted like cardboard. everything i tried to cook made run from the kitchen. the only things i could eat were bbq, oranges and dark chocolate milk. husband still won’t eat bbq over a year later.

  14. Nicole says:

    I never understood the pregnancy parking spots my dr told me to walk so i would always park farther away. Now what would be helpful is family spots, carrying kids and all there gear is tough!

    Oh and all drivers that would be nice and stop for you to cross the street then instead of being able to cross at my own pace i would feel pressure to hurry. But at least they were trying.

    Also you think when your pregnant you finally wont care how fat you get but the mom competition and rude comments from strangers start early. I only gained around 20 pounds and i still had the “your only how far along?”

  15. Marci says:

    Boobs for sure are overrated! I hate that they keep growing. I have every bra size out there it seems and still many weeks to go. I really dislike that part.

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