Pregnancy is no joke. It is nine months of having your body completely ravaged in a way that is equal parts beautiful and terrifying. Physically and emotionally, the changes are vast. And at a certain point, you get to that “really pregnant” phase.
There’s the barely pregnant stage (first trimester), the cute pregnant stage (second trimester), and then there’s the REALLY pregnant stage at the very end. And while the signs vary from woman to woman, when it arrives, you’ll just know.
Recently, I was texting some friends about how hugely pregnant I’m feeling at 33 weeks, when we started talking about signs you know you’re really pregnant. And well, here’s what we came up with.
You know you’re REALLY pregnant when …
- “You’ve outgrown your regular underwear. They’re made of stretchy material and should fit no matter what, but NOPE.” — Lauren
- “You can no longer groom your nether regions, because you can’t actually see them anymore.” — Ally
- “Even shoes — the one item of clothing you could always count on — stop looking cute, because you’re big EVERYWHERE.” — Caitlin
- “The most important part of your daily “uniform” becomes a panty liner, because coughing or sneezing can become a serious wardrobe hazard. The struggle is real.” — Emma
- “Your belly becomes your TV tray.” — Karissa
- “You drop something on the floor and don’t even bother to pick it up, you just leave it. Meh, someone will get it eventually.” — Kristel
- “When labor doesn’t scare you anymore — you just want it to happen so you’re not pregnant anymore.” — Teresa
- “When even your maternity clothes are too snug.” — Laura
- “When you have to sit down and take breaks like an old lady every half hour. Also, when walking uphill totally wipes you out.” — Natalie
- “You don’t mind going out in public in your husband’s clothing … and ‘dressing up’ is nice sweats and one of his shirts that you haven’t dropped food on.” — Dorinda
- “When lifting your foot to put on underwear or pants is excruciating.” — Jessica
- “When getting out of bed actually means rolling out of bed.” — Daviane
- “Your vagina feels bigger than your butt.” — Summer
- “You start crying … for no reason at all.” — Laura
- “Your older kids say, ‘Is that baby ever coming out of your belly?'” — Gretchen
- “You scope out parking spots that are next to medians so no one parks too close and you can’t get out of the car.” — Brynn
- “Your coworkers move your desk into the bathroom because the majority of your time is spent there anyway.” — Amy
- “You completely give up on shoes with laces.” — Faye
- “You are hungry, but can’t eat another bite because you’ll throw up because baby is taking up too much room.” — Lacy
- “The first thing people say whenever they see you is, ‘You’re still pregnant?!'” — Meagan