Pregnancy Makes You WHAT? The Symptoms No One Likes to Talk About

pregnancy testPregnancy is full of surprises, some nice (my hair and nails have never been so gorgeous)  and some not so (my skin broke out like a teenager's all of first trimester). Although there's tons of information available to us from friends, books, and excellent websites like this one, there's always something that takes you by surprise.

I came across this list of "Top 10 Things they really should warn you about before you get pregnant" and alternatively laughed in recognition and thanked the skies above I never have to deal with this stuff again. Not all of these happen to everyone, of course, and I'm sure certain perfect people never have to deal with any of them. And I hate to tell you this if you're currently pregnant, but they missed a couple.


Here's their list:

1) Facial hair;

2) Constipation;

3) Gas, oh the gas;

4) Drooling;

5) Burping;

6) Inability to groom, um, down there;

7) Discharge;

8) Those ungroomed lady bits can hurt;

9) Uncontrollable pee dribbles;

10) Not only is it untrimmed and painful, your vagina can actually swell and grow.

Yes, pregnancy is such a beautiful time, isn't it? Glahh. I'd add a couple more to the list.

I had terrible insomnia during much of my second trimester and into my third with my first pregnancy, and during first trimester with my second. My husband tells of coming downstairs bleary-eyed at 6:30 only to find me perkily working away at some project, blabbering "Coffee's ready I couldn't sleep so I made muffins and I weeded the garden and did a load of laundry your blue pants are clean and I'm making a grocery list maybe we should have our friends over for dinner?" only to be completely crashed out by noon. When I relayed this to friends they all had had similar experiences and yet it wasn't in any pregnancy book.

Also, with my second the baby dropped and my pelvic area started loosening up much earlier, which meant getting anywhere fast for about the last two weeks was out of the question. I remember one day mere days before my son was born when I made my daughter a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. Which started to burn, and continued to fill the kitchen with acrid black smoke as I made my pathetic attempt to run and save it ... and by run, I mean more "lurching shuffle at snail speed." I couldn't help but laugh.

What was your most surprising pregnancy symptom?

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