Pregnancy: It’s Not Always Pretty.
I’ll admit it—there’s just something about a pregnant woman that I think is so beautiful. The mystery surrounding her, the fact that everywhere she goes, she is literally carrying a secret, a superwoman ability to grow another person.
But when you’re the pregnant woman, sometimes, the last thing you feel is pretty.
I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about pregnancy that makes me feel decidedly unpretty.
It could be the constant nauseous feeling—you know the one that is so tortuous, you wish you could just puke and get it over with? Except that when you do puke, it’s never a relief? Ugh. As Kathleen Reed comments, “It’s kind of gross, but you actually get “used” to puking.” It’s so true. I remember planning my meals precisely on what would be the easiest to puke up. Mashed potatoes are always a good choice.
Or it might be the extreme clumsiness that has seemingly taken over your body. I once knocked over an entire display of sunglasses at a store in my first trimester. It felt like an out-of-body experience as I watched with wonder as my hands fumbled in front of me…
Perhaps some of the lesser-known parts of pregnancy were a surprise to you, like the hot flashes “all the time and all night long” that Jenny Erwin experienced. Call me crazy, but the sight of my breasts were a shock to me too—I heard there would be some growth in the chest area, but I was not expecting Amazon-like boobs that I worried would scare my husband away forever.
Or maybe it’s the varicose veins that pop up delightfully along your legs, threatening to turn you into a shockingly early 90-year-old version of yourself.
And then there’s my personal favorite, the pregnancy gas. Yes, ok, I’m admitting to it. I get pregnancy gas. I will blame it on the person squishing my insides or my slowed digestion from the fact that my uterus is taking over my intestines, but there it is. Pretty sure the “pregnancy glow” is not meant to clear a room …
What part of pregnancy did you find not so pretty?