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8 Things That Surprised Me During My First Pregnancy

8 Things That Surprised Me During My First PregnancyMy first pregnancy was over 7 years ago. Isn’t that crazy?!

I can still remember that pregnancy test turning positive and my whole world feeling like it was going to change. It was such an amazing time of new, scary things and I did not really know what to expect.

During that time, I realized that I could read about pregnancy all I wanted, but you don’t really know what it’s like until you’re living and experiencing it first hand. My later pregnancies were shaped by how my first one went and I learned so much.

I did read a lot though and thought that I was prepared for everything, but I was wrong because there was quite a lot that I still caught me by surprise.

Have a look at the 8 things that I didn’t know during my first pregnancy: 

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  • That I Would Feel So Protective 1 of 8
    That I Would Feel So Protective
    I had heard that when the baby was born, I would feel this instant connection (which didn't really happy for me), but no one told me that I would feel so protective of the babe before he was born. I was always holding my bump and protecting it -- instinctively.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • That People Would Comment on My Size 2 of 8
    That People Would Comment on My Size
    I had heard that people would come up and touch you when you're pregnant (hello, creepy), but I had no idea that the social acceptance of commenting on the size of someone's body went up just because I was gestating.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • That I Would Feel Beautiful 3 of 8
    That I Would Feel Beautiful
    I had heard a lot of people complain and comment that they felt "huge" and "enormous" when pregnant, so I didn't expect that I would just feel so dang pretty.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • That I Would Have Trouble Gaining Weight 4 of 8
    That I Would Have Trouble Gaining Weight
    Many stories and "experts" say that you have to watch your weight gain so it's not too much to lose after. For me, I had trouble gaining weight, which is not good either. Gaining no more than 8 pounds the entire pregnancy.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • That I Wouldn’t Want to “Eat for Two” 5 of 8
    That I Wouldn't Want to "Eat for Two"
    "Oh, you're going to eat for two now" was a common phrase to be told to pregnant woman so I was expecting it. Except, the opposite was true... I didn't have any desire to eat more, I ate less.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • That One Day It Would Pop Up 6 of 8
    That One Day It Would Pop Up
    I was so surprised to wake up one morning around 18 weeks pregnant to see a huge belly. I swear it came out of no where and had no idea that was going to happen.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • I’d Need to Get Better at Asking for Help 7 of 8
    I'd Need to Get Better at Asking for Help
    I've never been great at asking for help or letting people know what I needed. I was surprised that during my first pregnancy, I was going to have to lean on people for help -- for the smallest things like picking up something I dropped.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • How Differently I Would Be Treated 8 of 8
    How Differently I Would Be Treated
    I was surprised that once I was "showing" people would treat me so differently. There were people who treated me with kid gloves like I was going to break or like there was something "wrong" with me. It took me by surprise.
    Photo credit: photostock.

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