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5 Pregnancy Side Effects I Have Somehow Avoided

By EmilyBMalone |

What symptoms did you avoid?

In 31 weeks of pregnancy, I have experienced a wide range of pregnancy side effects – both the good, and the not-so-good.  Some were expected – like fatigue and bigger boobs.  Others were not expected at all – like an aversion to hummus and brown speckle marks all over my cheeks.  But there are other side effects that I was expecting to get, and yet somehow haven’t experienced at all…

1.  Aching hips

There are a lot of body parts aching these days, but I have never experienced any pain or soreness in my hips.  I wonder why some women experience so much hip pain, and others have none.  Different body types?  Different ways of carrying the baby?  Who knows!

2.  Hemorrhoids

I’m afraid to speak to soon, but so far I have been hemorrhoid-free.  I know that these can also pop up after labor from all the pushing during childbirth.  Hopefully I’ll sneak through without them!

3.  Constipation

Too much?  Yep, I’m going there.  I have been warned by so many moms that have told me they didn’t poop for weeks and were downing prunes each morning.  Somehow I have also managed to escape this very unpleasant side effect of pregnancy.  That’s not to say everything has always been roses in this department, but for the most part things are pretty typical.  I’ll leave it at that.

4.  Stretch Marks

Eight weeks to go and still stretch-mark free for now!  I am chalking this up to good genetics, because my mom and older sister didn’t get any either.  If I do end up getting some, its certainly not the end of the world, but I’m hoping that if I don’t have them by now, perhaps I won’t get them at all?  Time will tell.

5.  Braxton Hicks Contractions

I read so many stories of other pregnant women experiencing these contractions and tightness all through their pregnancies, and I wonder why I have felt almost none!  Occasionally after a very long walk my stomach gets tight and I experience some round ligament pain, but that’s pretty much the extent of it.

With all of that said, my pregnancy has certainly not been a walk in the park.  I may have missed out on these particular side effects, but I got to experience my fair share of aching boobs, vomiting for weeks on end, and strange hair growing all over my stomach.

What pregnancy side effects were you expecting, and which ones did you mysteriously avoid?

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14 thoughts on “5 Pregnancy Side Effects I Have Somehow Avoided

  1. Kaitlin says:

    I too was rejoicing in my stretchmark-free tummy… Until they showed up en masse in week 39! Very annoying. I hope you have better luck!

  2. pontificatrix says:

    Yeah, from what I hear about the stretch marks you are most likely to get them (if you are going to) in the last few weeks of your pregnancy, when the skin is maximally stretched. I didn’t get any last time around but I delivered at 38 weeks so who knows what might have been. I think the take-home is, it ain’t over till it’s over so don’t slack on the lotion. :)

  3. Lauren says:

    I’m sorry to say, but there’s still time! Especially for the stretch marks. And the hip pain.

  4. ldancer says:

    I somehow managed to avoid constipation and heartburn, which I put down to exercising, though I honestly have no idea and was probably just lucky. I also had no nesting urge whatsoever. I did get a big surge of energy about five days before giving birth, but it made me work out (I’d stopped at about 8.5 months because I was hurting and tired). I also had no hormonal mood swings, just some bad spells at the very end because of discomfort (I went to nearly 42 weeks and was the size of a truck).

  5. S. of Narrowly Tailored says:

    I’ve also wondered about my essentially total lack of BH contractions. Earlier on, I was so happy that it hadn’t been an issue and I’d been able to keep doing a lot of things that otherwise I’d have been counseled against (not to mention slightly smugly praising myself for staying so well hydrated!), but at 36 weeks, it’s started to make me wonder in an “am I ever having this baby?” kind of way…

  6. Tania says:

    I’m 33 weeks along have have noticed a couple new side effects in the last week. My Braxton Hicks are starting up. I didn’t feel anything before and out of nowhere I got an intense one last week that lasted for almost an hour. I got another one at the beach today that only lasted about five minutes. Also for the last week I’ve been waking up with my hands asleep. Believe me when I tell you that there is still plenty of time for new side effects.

  7. Melissa says:

    I’m 34 weeks and I’ve been really surprised to avoid swelling so far- especially in the summer heat. I expected to have to take my rings off weeks ago but still wearing them (and obsessively checking them every day to make sure they’re not getting tight!) I think this must also be due to exercise- lots of walking and prenatal yoga.

  8. DeathMetalMommy says:

    I have had three children and nary a hemorrhoid have I suffered. However, the hip pain has gotten worse with each baby. It’s nature’s way of leveling the playing field. One woman may have epic morning sickness, but never have a stretch mark. Another woman may look like she was mauled by a tiger, but never have felt sick. It all ends up fair.

  9. Katy @ MonsterProof says:

    I never had 2,3, or 4 DURING pregnancy, but got hemorrhoids from labor. But don’t listen to nay-sayers about stretch marks, I never got any!

  10. HollyK says:

    I’m 21 weeks and haven’t had ANY morning sickness whatsoever :) *knock on wood* lol the most I am noticing so far are a few tiny stretch marks on my hips, bigger boobs, and an urge to pee every 5 mins, also just noticed tonight my feet are starting to swell :( other than that everything is going great! Due with me and my husbands first baby on January 1st! Having a baby boy :)

  11. Faye says:

    Good for you for not having hemmorhoids… This is my first pregnancy and I got hemmorhoids on my 6th month (I’m on my 8th month now)..

    I’m wondering if this will disappear after childbirth…I really hope so…

  12. Christie says:

    I had to come back to this and comment. I was nodding my head along with you in agreement with most of these. Stretch marks are a non-issue for me b/c I already have tons of them. But then today, oh the hip pain!!

    I hope it doesn’t happen to you but there is still time :(

  13. Meriane says:

    There’s still time, lol. You’re only 31 weeks. I just hit nine months and suddenly have all these symptoms at once whereas, like you, had none previously.

  14. Andrea says:

    I was truly blessed to have no morning sickness. And, so far, no constipation, hemorrhoids, hairyness, or gas. I also don’t have stretchmarks yet but I’m only 6 months and, due to heredity, I expect those any day now. The only really bad side effect has been acne and rashiness on my chest and back. And I am no longer able to do cardio due to braxton hicks but at least I can still lift weights without issue

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