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My Pregnancy Superpower

A lot of things have changed since I got pregnant. My boobs have gone up 3 cup sizes, I have developed a line from my sternum to my groin (that is off center and not making me crazy at all), I suddenly have the hips and knees of an 80 year old and the waddle of a duck. In fact, there are only a few things that don’t seem to have changed in the last 8 months. But it turns out that I also have a superpower.

Obviously I’m being a little tongue in cheek here since I do live in reality and don’t technically believe in superpowers. But about a month ago I noticed something completely bizarre that did not exist prior to pregnancy, and it was confirmed today.

I was at work a month ago talking with some coworkers when suddenly everyone in the room stopped talking and grabbed the walls. There was the mild sense of collective panic that left me stunned because I had zero idea what was going on. About 20 seconds later, someone finally filled me in and said that it had been an earthquake and how had I not felt it?

I was dumbfounded. I am usually a home Richter Scale. I feel every tiny earthquake (often I feel every tiny non-earthquake too) and usually have the USGS earthquake page open before they’ve even had a chance to update it. I’ve always found earthquakes interesting (probably because I’ve been blessed to always be at least a few hours from a very large one) and tend to like to follow them, but suddenly, it seems I can’t.

The same thing happened this morning. We had a small earthquake (3.5-4), centered almost literally right beneath me. I felt absolutely nothing. My husband called from work to make sure all was well and I had no idea what he was talking about. I wasn’t up walking around or doing something dynamic where I would’ve missed it, I was sitting in bed trying to see how long I could reasonably wait before getting ready for my OB appointment.

I have heard of a lot of pregnancy side effects, but this one I just cannot quite understand. I don’t know if my balance and body awareness are so messed up from the constant movement in my belly that I no longer noticed outside disturbances, or if I’m just so tired that the room always feels like it’s shaking. But either way, it seems that pregnancy has made me earthquake proof.

Trust me, I’m not complaining.

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