There are mountains of books and internet articles where a pregnant woman can find a lot of information about pregnancy. However, much of the information can seem much too formal and sterile. Many mothers-to-be want to really know what it’s like to be pregnant and what things to prepare for that might not be spelled out in books.
So what to expect during pregnancy? It is difficult to say, because, although many pregnancies have common symptoms, no pregnancies are alike. Here are a few general experiences to be expected during the 9 months.
Expecting changes in body, mood, and sex life
Your body is going to basically turn you from a petite and graceful young lady to an awkward, puffy, and bloated walking ball of gas. You will find yourself wondering how you could possibly get any larger, but you will. You will desperately attempt to hold in urine and flatulence but find that you have little control over such bodily functions anymore.
Your mood will go from extremely happy to devastatingly miserable. You might cry over very small things and break into a full sob over a little bit bigger things.
You will find the smell, look, feel, and overall presence of your husband disgusting or you will cry your heart out for him not to leave your side. You will either feel like being intimate all the time or avoid the very thought and not even be able to share the same bed. Expect your husband to feel your new feelings and become emotional. Expect to engage in fights that lead nowhere, to feel the world’s weight crushing your shoulders and jump of joy every five minutes.
Expecting no sleep
A lot of books aiming to teach you all about what to expect during pregnancy will tell you that you might be restless and sleepless. There are also cases when pregnant women feel sleepy all the time. You already know that, once your baby is born, you will be up at night on a regular basis.
However, little is said about the fact that, once your stomach begins to expand, you find it harder and harder to sleep. The larger your stomach gets, the harder it is to get comfortable. You will end up in the recliner, watching old movies because you would have given up on flopping your belly from side to side trying to find a position of sleep that is not painful.
Expecting inner beatings
Ah, the joys of feeling your baby move inside your body! There are a few things about what to expect when expecting those blissful baby kicks. What you might not know is that your baby is constantly trying to find more space to stretch, and seems to get angry. You will feel a foot or knee wedged in your ribcage, like you are being punched from inside. Your baby will stretch and kick your bladder, causing pain and sometimes leakage. There will be times when you will literally groan and bend over in pain from one of your baby’s karate moves.
Expect to never be the same again
Sure, your body will never be the same, but also your outlook on life will never be the same. You will go through the 9 months of pregnancy, experiencing the ups and downs and then spend hours in pain and anxiety as the baby makes his way into this world.
But what you might not know is that, once you meet that precious child, you are changed forever. The instant love and the feeling of being whole as a person is going to make you understand the world a lot better. You will find yourself staring into your baby’s face for hours in awe. You will find joy and pride in each noise, each ounce of weight gain, each dirty diaper, because you are the one who is causing these changes in your baby.
Knowing what to expect when expecting in full will help you prepare and count on such expectations. For all the discomforts that come with pregnancy, you will end up being changed for the good, and will want to do it all over again.
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