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The 7 Greatest Indignities of Pregnancy

By Katie |

I blame tv shows for my completely unrealistic expectations of pregnancy. Pregnant women on tv always look so happy and in control of their bodily functions. They leave out all the real stuff, the stuff that happens every single day and instead romanticize the growing belly and bigger bust. I mean, the bust is pretty great, but it’s hardly the only change that takes place.

What they don’t show is what that belly is doing to the rest of the body. What the baby inside is doing to your bladder and bowels, and the real stuff happening in that bust. The reality is that pregnancy is a treasure trove of humiliation some of the time, especially as you get closer to the magical time of delivery. Don’t get me wrong, I adore feeling my son kick my insides and I find it entirely adorable that just about any music will get him moving any time of day, but I’m not going to pretend that I’m not tired of some of the more embarrassing parts of pregnancy.

And because I feel like embarrassing myself more than usual, I’m sharing. These are the top 7 greatest indignities of pregnancy…so far.

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The Top 7 Most Embarrassing Things about Pregnancy

Poorly controlled bladder

I'm quite proud to overshare with you the fact that I have yet to pee my pants, but I will not pretend like it has not been dangerously close on a number of occasions. The baby loves nothing more than to headbutt my bladder when it's full and so there have been MANY close calls in the past few weeks.
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Katie is a former teacher, part-time PT, wife, and first-time mother to the baby with the best ears on the Internet. You can find more of her grammatically questionable writing at her blog, Overflowing Brain. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katie's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “The 7 Greatest Indignities of Pregnancy

  1. purplebreath says:

    bah hahahahahaha! hahahahahahahahaha. Having survived it, I can now laugh. You will too. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Rachel says:

    Hmmm…I have a different perspective. To me, it seems like whenever I see pregnancy/birth on TV or in the movies, they play up the misery of it for comedic or dramatic effect. Maybe we watch different shows.

  3. mo says:

    I have been following your pregnancy and this is my favorite post. You reminded me of all these horrible things that happen during that nine months!
    My boys are 26 and 24, and it seems like yesterday I was pregnant with them. I know everyone has told you to remember everything….the good, the bad and the ugly. It is worth it so much!

    When I was PG me and the Hubby would lay on the bed, and I would “Hug his back” spoon style. (do this naked, skin to skin) If the baby is particularly active your Husband will be able to feel the kicks and movements. It gives them a little bit of how it feels. Try it…I guarantee he’ll love it!

  4. Al_Pal says:

    Fascinating. ;p

  5. Erin Human says:

    Skin. Tags. Ew.

  6. Braydon'sMommy says:

    My son is almost three and reading this made me feel like it was yesterday. It is so true that people just don’t tell you “everything” about what’s going to happen. Like with me I had an unexpected C-section. Which was followed by getting my gallbladder removed one month later almost to the day. Apparently this is common! Really? Who knew? Not that I wouldn’t have had a child had I known, but still!!! So here I am and we’re going to try for another baby. I wonder what other new and wonderful things I will discover about my body this time? Whatever it is, I know it will be worth it!! Good luck to you!!

  7. Brittany says:

    I know this post is awhile back, but I just want to say, my greatest (worst? most hilarious?) moment of pregnancy was when I vomited so hard I peed my pants. In my front yard. And we were just finishing constructing our house so I had to walk past all of the guys working on the yard to get back into the house. Awesome!

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