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15 Body Changes During Pregnancy That I'm Not Looking Forward To

My embryo transfer is scheduled for 8 days from today, and I am so excited to try again! After having taken the summer off to give myself a break from all the fertility meds, and after physically recovering from my 2nd-trimester miscarriage of my twins, I’m raring to go. My body feels revived and I’m mentally rejuvenated to begin this journey again.

I’ve been thinking about what it will be like to be pregnant again, and I’m praying that I make it past 17 weeks and deliver full term. While I will be SO HAPPY when that test comes back positive, there are some little things that I’m not looking forward to. And I’ve got to thank Australian News Online for their article that reminded me of the body changes of pregnancy that I’d rather have forgotten about.

That being said, I’m hoping that this pregnancy I’ll be able to cherish even the crappy symptoms and body changes and simply be so damn grateful that I’m pregnant. And I think I’ll do that just fine.

  • The Changes 1 of 16
    Body Changes of Pregnancy

    Click through to see which 15 body changes I'm least looking forward to. Some are common, others I'd never even heard of before!

    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Morning Sickness 2 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    I know, no one looks forward to morning sickness. But I have a pretty serious phobia of throwing up especially in public! This symptom passed me over when I was pregnant with my twins, but they say every pregnancy is different. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I luck out with my next pregnancy.

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Varicose Veins 3 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    I have very pale and uneven-toned skin as it is. The last thing I want is something else mucking up my complexion. And I worry about varicose veins because I already have some small spidery veins on my ankles.  

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Skin Issues 4 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    Pregnancy acne is pretty common, and I tend to suffer from one monthly zit when not pregnant. But it's not so much acne that concerns me. My last pregnancy brought with it an ugly, red, and blotchy rash on my chest. My doctors said it was from the increase in hormones and that it should go away. It's been 8 months since I've been pregnant, and it hasn't entirely gone away. I can only imagine if it gets worse...

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Constipation 5 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    Okay, TMI alert! I'm a pooper. I poop. Regularly and easily. I'm good for at least two good poops a day. Constipation is a real concern for me, and it got me last time I was pregnant, so I'm sure it will get me again. No amount of vegetables and no amount of water helped me before, so feel free to let me know any secrets that worked for you!

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Swollen Ankles 6 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    I sit at a desk. All day. And often all evening too. Both of my jobs require it. Couple that with good ol' fluid retention and I've got a perfect recipe for swollen ankles.

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Incontinence 7 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    I hear pregnant women pee themselves. Even if it is just a little tinkle. And that this often sticks around after pregnancy. God, I hope I'm spared from this.

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Heartburn 8 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    I had heartburn something awful with my last pregnancy, and since I hear it hits worse later on, I'm terrified of this because mine was so bad before and I never made it past 17 weeks!

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Stretch Marks 9 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    I've heard women affectionately refer to their stretch marks as something they've earned. And I get that. I really do. I'm sure I'd fine some way to learn to love mine. But I'm hoping I'll never get them in the first place!

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Tearing 10 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    Ouch. I honestly can't even think about this one.

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Pooping During Labor 11 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    I think this is so embarrassing. I've spoken to numerous labor and delivery nurses who say it happens all the time and it's totally not a big deal. And I know some women who admit to this happening, and their take on it is that at that point, you couldn't care less what's going on, just as long as the baby is coming out! 

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Shakes + Shivers 12 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    Apparently, some women begin to shake uncontrollably and get the shivers during labor. Any crazy body movement that you can't do anything about freaks me out. This sounds so exorcist-y to me!

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • ‘3-Day Blues’ 13 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    I'd never heard of the "3-day blues" before reading Australia News Online's article, which says this about it, "Around the third day after you've given birth, your body starts to dump the pregnancy hormones it's accumulated and floods your system with breastfeeding hormones. The result: a very emotional new mum. Throw in some tiredness, physical discomfort and feeling overwhelmed at being responsible for a new human being and you can feel like your world is in meltdown. Lots of TLC and reassurance helps." 

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Cracked Nipples 14 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    I know a few women who stopped breastfeeding because of cracked nipples and other nipple issues. I hope to suffer through if possible but I'm mostly praying to avoid any breastfeeding issues altogether! 

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • ‘After Pains’ 15 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    Here's another term I never heard of before coming across the article. After pains are contractions that occur from the hormone that makes your milk come in. Yikes. 

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Exhaustion 16 of 16
    Pregnancy Body Changes

    Ok, I know. This is me just being a wimp. But I currently sleep a solid 8 hours a night, and I'm so not looking forward to becoming a walking zombie though I hear the pay-off is totally worth it.

    Source: Australian News Online
    Photo: iStockphoto

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