8 Things Nobody Tells You About Pregnancy

Back when I was pregnant the first time around, I knew one thing for sure: I was having twins. But plenty of other stuff came as a surprise—some of it nice, some of it nasty. And I’m sharing!

1. Too much info isn’t necessarily a good thing

After a few chapters, I gave up on What To Expect When You’re Expecting. I stopped watching A Baby Story. They only made me paranoid. Instead I talked to my mom, my girlfriends, and the nurses in my doctor’s office when I had questions or concerns. They most helped put my mind at ease.

2. There’s a secret cure for morning sickness

Even when I was feeling my worst, with my head in the toilet, I’d remind myself of the miracle growing inside me—and it helped me get through the nausea.

3. Your hormones can do a number on your back

Bacne is acne’s brother. He surprised me just as I was flaunting my newfound glow. Don’t worry, it’ll disappear after you deliver, and no one except you will know it’s there as your partner will be wise enough not to mention it.

4. Look out down below

One day, my bottom started hurting when I sat down. I never expected that end of things to hurt and—surprise!—I discovered hemorrhoids in the shower. Although it’s hard to prevent them, you can fight ’em. Warm baths with Epsom salts, Preparation H, and rest really help. Also, baby wipes aren’t just for babies; your rear will require some serious TLC in the bathroom.

5. Your husband will find your burgeoning belly very alluring

With my first pregnancy, my husband couldn’t keep his hands off my stomach. Now that I’m pregnant again, it’s the same. He loves to greet the baby (I mean, my belly) when he walks in the door from work. When we were leaving a restaurant after a recent date night, he looked at me, grinned, and said, “You are just so cute!” I’ll take that.

6. One word: Leakage

Your breasts, which may resemble something out of a Victoria’s Secret catalog, just might leak in the third trimester as your plumbing gears up for the baby’s arrival. I just bought some nursing pads to tuck in my bra.

7. Maternity clothes aren’t forever

OK, the baby weight won’t just melt away, but you won’t have to live indefinitely in pants with panels and blouses with special ties in the back—you can just buy a few choice, inexpensive items of regular clothes in larger sizes.

8. Those baby kicks are addictive

Feeling the baby move inside of you is one of the most amazing experiences of pregnancy. Every flutter, kick, and hiccup is magical. After you have the baby, you’ll miss them. Enjoy them now!

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