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!
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!
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?