I have spent plenty of time around pregnant women throughout my life and I have gotten plenty of sage wisdom. And perhaps foolishly, I thought that meant I knew a lot about pregnancy. I learned very, very quickly that there are a lot of things that no one ever told me. And probably because some of these are a little personal, but I spent the first several weeks of pregnancy freaking out and googling a lot of things.
Google is not such a friendly place when you’re newly pregnant and freaking out. I do not recommend doing this.
Things have settled down somewhat now, I know most of my normal aches and pains, I know the things to look for and when to worry. It doesn’t mean I don’t still panic from time to time, but overall I have just learned to assume that totally abnormal feelings are very normal when you’re growing another human. My body clearly does not belong to me anymore. I think I actually worry more when I feel like myself than when I don’t.
Anyway, for you seasoned mothers you might know all this already (and maybe you can tell us when this stuff gets better!), but for this newbie, these were the 5 most surprising things I’ve learned about pregnancy.