10 Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is one of the most talked about, yet least known-about experiences in life.

Many people think they know all there is to know about pregnancy, but there are a few parts about pregnancy that you may not hear some honest talk about, such as …

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Even if your pregnancy is 100% planned and more than dreamed for, it is normal if you burst into tears when you see that “positive” result. It's a major life change, no matter how much you want that change.

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The strangest thing happens to me when I'm pregnant — I start to hate weird things about my husband. Like the way he smells. Suddenly, any time he walks by, I get nauseated just at his scent. Luckily, the feelings fade once those pregnancy hormones settle down. (Mostly.)

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Not in a major way that can make you feel like a 1950's throwback to when women were expected to quit work, but in a way that you kind of just want to shut out the rest of the world and focus on your little space and your little family. I call it “mental nesting.”

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I thought I was a horrible freak of nature for absolutely loathing being pregnant, but as it turns out, some women hate it just as much as I did. And some women honest to goodness love every minute of being pregnant. To each her pregnant own.

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Say goodbye to a neat-and-tidy stream. Sorry, but it's the (TMI) truth.

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And yet it's the most common way that doctors have women deliver. What is up with that?

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If you're worried about the pain after childbirth, allow me to reassure you that, crazy as it may sound, it is possible to feel fine “down there” after birth. A smooth birth that is relatively quick with no stitches or tears and you will be amazed at how incredible a woman's body really is to go through such a feat unscathed.

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There is so much emphasis on the physical changes that occur with pregnancy that I think we gloss over the mental transformation that a mother goes through in those nine months. It takes a lot of courage to face labor, acceptance to learn to live in a new body, and tremendous love to literally put aside everything about our own lives, including the very air we breathe, for another person.

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It's true. Men's levels of estrogen increase during a woman's pregnancy, possibly to help him prep for the emotional bonding needed to care for his wife and baby.

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Sure, pregnancy hunger may be the source of many jokes, but I can assure you that it is most definitely not a joke. The hunger I've experienced during pregnancy is unlike anything else I've experienced in life — it's a deep, visceral need, and you shouldn't be ashamed of it. I once read that pregnant women experience that unbearable hunger so they can have sympathy for their hungry babies in the middle of the night. and that makes absolute sense to me.

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Now, who wants a sandwich?

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10 Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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  1. Katrina says:

    #3! My hubby thought I was crazy. He would shower twice a day but I still complain about his “smell” to the point that I asked him to sleep in the other room but he said no way. So I had to open all the windows! Lol!

  2. Cody says:

    I am so glad for this article especially #4 talking about how some women hate pregnancy! I really did not like being pregnant but I felt like I could never tell anyone! I feel like its so taboo to say you hated being pregnant. For me the radiating heartburn, being hot all the time, sleepless nights, fatigue and not being able to poop (sorry TMI) wasn’t exactly pleasant. I loved feeling baby kick but everything else I could have dealt without.


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